Monthly Archive: August 2008

Aug 19 2008

Good news about Violet

Hi, all. I wanted to update you on the situation with our cat, Violet. Regular readers of this blog will know that we've been having a very scary veterinary situation, with Violet needing to be rushed to the vet emergency hospital last week with what turned out to be bleeding ulcers. We've been having a …

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Aug 18 2008

A Parade of Weird Little Worlds: Why I Like The Olympics

Ingrid and I are not, generally speaking, sports fans. To put it mildly. (I had a brief stretch of fairly serious baseball fandom in the late '80s and early '90s, but I fell out of the habit in the strike of '94, and never got back into it.) And yet, we are getting completely sucked …

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Aug 17 2008

CSI: Deuteronomy

How to handle an unsolved murder, Old Testament style. Deuteronomy 21:1-9: "If in the land which the Lord your God gives you to possess, any one is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him, then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure …

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Aug 15 2008

Atheism in Pop Culture: “Old Time Religion”

This one should be fun. In fact, I think we can make it into a contest. It's the pagany folk nerd song parody of "Old Time Religion." (You know. "Give me that old time religion/ Give me that old time religion/ Give me that old time religion/ It's good enough for me.") I've loved this …

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Aug 14 2008


Hi, all. I just wanted to give you an update on why I haven't been blogging in the last couple of days. Ingrid and I are currently dealing with a veterinary emergency. We had to take our cat Violet to the emergency vet on Tuesday morning, and she had surgery today. They found two bleeding …

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Aug 11 2008

Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last

There's an episode of the Simpsons — I can't remember which one right now — where Homer is reading some book on how to be a successful go-getter, and he sees this piece of advice: "Live each day as if it were your last." And in the next scene, he's sitting on the curb, sobbing …

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Aug 08 2008

Tee Hee, You Said “Bonk”: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog: a review of the new Mary Roach book, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. It's titled Tee Hee, You Said "Bonk", and here's the teaser: If ever a book was tailor- made for me to enjoy, this is it. I’m a huge science …

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Aug 07 2008

God’s Will, and Pathetic Excuses for Bad Behavior

So what does it mean to say that something is God's will? Especially if it's something done by a person, or people? And double especially if it's something done by, you know, you? There was an amazing and heartbreaking story on This American Life this weekend. A longish, complicated-ish story, but the short version is …

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Aug 05 2008

Sexual Freedom In A Shopping Bag: “Sex And The City”

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. And yes, the movie came out two months ago; but I have to wait two months before reprinting the stuff I write on the Blowfish Blog, so suck it up. The problem isn’t that it's sexually conventional. The problem is that it's sexually conventional… while giving …

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Aug 04 2008

Good Stuff, or, Greta’s Sporadic Blog Carnival #2

And it’s time for another round of Stuff I Saw On The Blogosphere, And Liked, And Think You’ll Like Too. Otherwise known as Greta’s Sporadic Blog Carnival. #2. A Natural Selection, by Olivia Judson of the New York Times Blog. On examples of evolution taking place in our lifetime, in an observable time span. (I …

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