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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 28 2013

I survived my meeting with Seattle Atheists

It looks like Seattle Atheists are a good active group, and they hammered me with questions for about an hour after my talk. It was OK, they fed me good Puerto Rican food afterwards. My mother and two sisters came along to see what I was up to, as well, and they survived my ferocious …

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Mar 28 2013

No, I will not ever debate Joseph Mastropaolo

floodmutations

So you can stop sending me email about it now. Also, dear gob, but I despise the Huffington Post. They’ve started this recent flurry of publicity for deranged loon Mastropaolo with an awful article on his tired old stunt of announcing a $10,000 prize for a debate — an article in which they blithely consult …

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Mar 27 2013

Here I Stand; I Can Do No Other

I weigh in on Google Glass at KCET. The gist: Some of us come out to the desert to escape the┬áPanopticon┬áthat life in the city already is, increasingly. In Los Angeles, Google Glass might be just one more increment of invasion in a landscape already thoroughly colonized by surveillance cameras, red light cameras, random private …

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Mar 27 2013

I endorse this message

Jill Filipovic points out that sexism in the workplace is alive and well. If it sounds like I’m comparing the people who threaten Richards with rape to actual rapists, and the people who tacitly justify those threats with hand-wringing over what Richards could have done differently to rape apologists, it’s because I am. Despite attempts …

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Mar 27 2013

Mandatory style statement

I just want you all to know that when I arrived at my mother’s house last night, she was wearing this t-shirt. Why aren’t you? She clearly recognizes the objective beauty of the item, so I don’t know what your problem is.

Mar 27 2013

Brown paper wrapper only, please

Atheist Shoes, a German company that makes atheist-branded shoes, did a simple experiment. They shipped duplicate packages to American destinations, with one difference: one package would be plain, the other had tape with the word “atheist” put on it. Atheist-labeled packages were ten times more likely to be lost in transit. Their interpretation: workers at …

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Mar 27 2013

Botanical Wednesday: Take me back to the Pacific coast

Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest interior with Pacific Rhododendrons (Rhododendron macrophyllum) Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Redwood National Park, California

I’m queuing this up ahead of time, and I presume I’m in Washington state today, for this talk. You residents of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California will recognize this familiar flower. (via NatGeo)

Mar 26 2013

[Lounge #410]

chimp-friends

This is the lounge. You can discuss anything you want, but you will do it kindly. Hug your buddy. Status: Heavily Moderated; Previous thread

Mar 26 2013

Ask an ethicist!

Janet Stemwedel has some opinions on Adria Richards and PyCon. Rational opinions based on a sound understanding of ethics.

Mar 26 2013

Naturalists, the supernaturalists worst nightmare

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