10 myths and 10 truths about atheism in the LATimes just in time for Festivus. Sam Harris is the author of "The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason" and "Letter to a Christian Nation."
A handbook on how to play "Coach Search": "Sit back and wait and see just who eventually winds up behind the podium being introduced at a press conference ... and hope your man doesn't look scared to death when he's up there.That could be a sign that you will be playing the game again in three or four years."
Sam Harris, the author of the 'End of Faith',
puts the wood to a talk show host -
Why Are Atheists So Angry? A Debate with Dennis Prager :: Sam Harris
See also: Richard Dawkins
Saturday I tried to fill the hole that Mike Shula's made in my stomach with Key Lime Pie and Swiss Cake Rolls (and Ribs and Steak). The empty feeling I get when I think about our football team that was never there before, even in 1984 or 1998. It comes partially from the guilt I feel for wanting him gone, and the rest from the obvious fact that he's just not very good. Cecil Hurt has the same feeling - CECIL HURT: Does Alabama have the best coach it could have? | TideSports.com
I watched about 30 minutes of this guy the other day & thought, "He's charismatic but not really funny," and turned it off - now CNN's caught up with me - Is Dane Cook the funniest man in America? - CNN.com.
Edge: THANK GOODNESS! by Daniel C Dennett - Yes, I did have an epiphany. I saw with greater clarity than ever before in my life that when I say "Thank goodness!" this is not merely a euphemism for "Thank God!" (We atheists don't believe that there is any God to thank.) I really do mean thank goodness! There is a lot of goodness in this world, and more goodness every day, and this fantastic human-made fabric of excellence is genuinely responsible for the fact that I am alive today.
I guess the pundits have had enough too. Will: Cheney Still Doesn't Get It on Iraq - Newsweek George F. Will - MSNBC.com
George Bernard Shaw at The Quotations Page:
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw, 'Mrs. Warren's Profession' (1893) act II
Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)
And what have we learned in the last five years from its boutique socialism, utopian pacifism, moral equivalence, and cultural relativism? That it was logical that Europe most readily would abandon the artist and give up the renegade in fear of religious extremists.
from - VDH's Private Papers::Traitors to the Enlightenment by way of Chronicles of Tobermory
When the democratically-elected government is thoroughly corrupt? The army commander who seized Thailand's government in a quick, bloodless coup pledged Wednesday to hold elections by October 2007, and received a ringing endorsement from the country's revered king. I'm still not so sure.
At school I've used Wikipedia as a quick reference for nearly everything, particularly student questions about something of which I'm not sure. I didn't realize my addiction until it was blocked by the school (by mistake/poor decision-making). I complained enough that it has finally been unblocked. Thank the Law of Averages!
The Ririan Project™: 10 Reasons To Drink More Water - article is well-done & the blog is pretty good, although it's derivative.
We saw one of these in Pensacola (around 2000-01) & thought - they can't possibly be making any money - The FBI is investigating "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade and company executives over allegations that they fraudulently induced investors to open galleries, then ruined them financially.SFGate.
VDH's Private Papers::What Options Are Left? by way of Tobermory
Carey stayed with us til Thursday - we watched several episodes of Season 1 of Deadwood, some bad movies on On Demand and had an outstanding time. We'll see him again soon. We'll go back to being Hermits 'til the DQ game reforms on the 22nd. (Except for a visit by Ferlie & Paul next week).
* I finished teaching summer school on Friday 6/30 - it was a grind, but well worth it - $.
* On Friday I played low-money, high-fun poker with my coaching/teaching guys - Lewis, Richie & Mitchell. Had a fine time.
* Billy came late Friday night - we played a game of PS2 NCAA Football and then Cassondra, Billy & I took a very entertaining trip to Wal-Mart in the middle of the night.
* We started playing the new EASports Head Coach game - it is incredibly addictive for OCD football micromanagers like me (and Billy, and Mike).
* On Saturday morning Roach joined us and by afternoon, Joel, Mike M., Mandy, and a their traveling friends, a cool couple with a happy baby, Emma, were all here to eat Billy's barbeque.
* We cooked and played Head Coach all afternoon.
* Billy, Mike, & I stayed up 'til three finally drafting our new players with a night full of trades & free agent signings.
* They took off on Sunday.
* On Monday Cassondra & I got her turtle corral organized and put up the fencing in front of the porch. Carey came to visit and stay with us on Monday - it's great to have him here.
* He spent the 4th with us - we watched Deadwood & cooked out twice (fine Ribeyes at 10pm). I finished putting the low rock wall around the turtle corral. Miss Fred immediately laid eggs in the soft dirt - it was a biological event.
HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE - Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway - The American public is largely asleep to this key piece of the coming “North American Union” that government planners in the new trilateral region of United States, Canada and Mexico are about to drive into reality.
Honours for Britain's oldest man - 110 year-old WWI vet - : "In the past Mr Allingham has put the key to his old age down to 'cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women'."
Rome Begins Production of second season
HBO's epic drama series ROME has begun production on its ten-episode second season, it was announced by Carolyn Strauss, president, HBO Entertainment. Filming of the new episodes will continue at Rome's Cinecitta Studios through next October, with debut set for 2007.
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." --Theodore Roosevelt
See Alexander "The Pretty-good-so-far" Povetskin
By Paul Clemmons at touch gloves.
Paul is also the main contributor to the Boxing Blog.
We want to be in his entourage.
"If you want to know where technology is going, follow the porn" - Porn Industry Again at the Tech Forefront - Los Angeles Times - - "The simple fact is porn is an early adopter of new media," said Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto.
I don't much care for this writer, but the info is very interesting - Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb? in the New Yorker.
- This morning I talked to my good friend Joe Abreu for about an hour & a half. He works for the feds, lives in Fredericksburg & has two kids. We miss getting to hang out & play roleplaying games together. When I was first BoG Chair at Mallet, Joe helped me run things (or more accurately - I helped him). He was great friends with Cassondra & I was his best man. We talked about possibly getting online together for a game.
- Been communicating with Patrick about baseball & got 2/3 of the free agents I wanted.
- Mowed the field, made things look a lot better.
Cassondra & I have been married for 20 years today. She is a great wife and genius. We had a good day. Eating, hanging out, talking, and burning limbs in our new copper outdoor firepit. I'm a lucky man.
-- The Tuscaloosa County Courthouse where the deed was done.
Friday (after the Baseball Draft), I went and played poker with a few coaching friends. It was the first time I'd played poker in probably 20 years. I started out betting too much on weak hands and almost went out. Once I figured out about how strong a hand needed to be and at what level each guy seemed to bid when he had a good hand (and they'd had few more beers than me) I turned it around and ended up a little ahead. It was a lot of fun, I expect we'll do it again in a few weeks.
Friday I drafted my fantasy baseball team for this year. In the league are Patrick Link, Trevor Jay, Kurt Morton and old friends Mike DeHaye and Ted Stafford. They are all Malleteers. The other guys in the league have winning fantasy experience, it should be tough. Basically out of spite (and the hope he has a good year) I took Barry Bonds.
Thursday I went to the hospital at 6:30am to get blood drawn for the last of these damn physical tests. It was actually pretty fast. I was the first patient, checked in, got registered & got my blood drawn & out the door by 6:45am. Of course then I was way early for school.
I've used it for weeks, it's very useful - Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- More Info:Tab Mix Plus - All Releases
Began to unravel here - Who is JT LeRoy? The True Identity of a Great Literary Hustler and collapsed here - She is JT LeRoy | Salon.com News. The whole thing is oddly compelling.
Liquid water erupting on the Saturn moon Enceladus. The Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of liquid water spewing from geysers on one of Saturn's icy moons, raising the tantalizing possibility that the celestial object harbors life.
One of my favorite people in the world has a blog. I'm excited. A forum to harrass Mendez. We'd not seen each other in a couple of years & this fall we stayed up all night like little kids at Billy's mansion because it was too quiet & not cold enough for big boys to sleep. He's taken on The Amazing Race & the Oscars already. I love me some Mendez -
I wanna be cool.
Once parents actually understand the curriculum this is likely to happen:
IB program under fire: Some calling it anti-American, anti-Christian.
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | In thrall to the green god - "Environmentalism has become a religion, writes Martin Livermore in this week's Green Room."
After last week's link on BoingBoing this week I had a comment on Lifehacker (about a topic I seem to have become too aware of, cleaning up old hard drives). I guess I'm a commenter on all the gawker media websites now. Now if I just had anything useful to say...
We watched Grizzly Man tonight. The slightly crazy guy killed by one of the bears to whom he had devoted his life. It was well worth the three hours. If you've ever enjoyed being alone in the woods, you'll get it.
Additional links: Anchorage Daily News Obit., Tim Treadwell in Wikipedia, Grizzly People (his org.), a Google Map, Katmai National Park.
I've been checking this out today: Dale Begg-Smith an Australian/Canadian and internet millionare won a gold in the moguls - link. I looked into his internet stuff like 2nd Thought & it is/was some of the worst sort of nasty malware/adware browser-hijacker stuff. Here's the best article about him at a blog for the book Spam Kings. And for fun here's a ticked off post from a 2003 forum. Plus some Aussie goodness on him.
Prayers for the Assassin a novel Robert Ferrigno - Prayers for the Assassin is set thirty-five years from now, after a civil war in which most of the United States has become a moderate Islamic republic and the Bible Belt has broken away to become a Christian nation. This political shift was precipitated by simultaneous suitcase-nuke detonations in New York, Washington, D.C. and Mecca. - oh my...
You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don't enjoy it when anyone but a friend tries to tell you that should act differently. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.
QuizFarm.com :: Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: With which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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I cleaned up the HTML, but I like the quiz, as these things go.
I used to read this in a doctor's office waiting room. Its tone is exactly the sort of applied leadership that interests me, just that it's in business - Fast Company | Management, Leadership and Career Advice for Business Executives - there are no (okay, very few) education people who think this way.
From The Boston Globe (of all places): Make no mistake: This story is not going away, and neither is the Islamofascist threat. The freedom of speech we take for granted is under attack, and it will vanish if it is not bravely defended. Today the censors may be coming for some unfunny Mohammed cartoons, but tomorrow it is your words and ideas they will silence. Like it or not, we are all Danes now.
CBS News | Protests Over Muhammad Cartoon Grow
The only copy of the controversial cartoons I could turn up:
Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_drawings.jpg from Wikipedia
A Timeline of the Events - as Muslims burn & break things more western news outlets publish & show the cartoons. Interesting that it's a Muslim attack on freedom of the press that has finally gotten the mass media fired up.
Yesterday's Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the Broadcast Flag--and its younger, brattier, brother, the RIAA's proposed "Audio Flag"--swung a little wildly from its pre-ordained course - History and Senator Stevens' iPod - EFF: DeepLinks.
The Republicans are no longer the party of limited government - Triumph of the Redistributionist Left | csmonitor.com
Farthest-traveling and when it reenters, fasting-traveling man-made object NASA's Comet Hunter Stardust is on Final Approach for Sunday Landing (plus cool photo/animations)
Title says it all:
Wired: The 50 Best Robots Ever
15 Tech Concepts You'll Need To Know In 2006
The day before classes started at Alabama every student got an email telling them their classes had been dropped - chaos (nearly) ensued - The Crimson White Online - Errant e-mail confuses students.
I have put off posting with the intention of writing an extended holiday post about what a great time I had seeing & talking to our friends & family. Instead I've gotten busy catching up with my online psychology (ugh) classes.
These are the links I have checked out this week:
Battlestar Galactica at Wikipedia - Lists of Bests (Movies) (working on the "Desert Island 25") - Internet Review of Science Fiction - The Chronic of Narnia - The Best Game you Never Played - CHESS OPENINGS GUIDE - and, sadly, at my students nagging myspace.com/gatetree.
Torrent Bulletin Board - The 6 Myths Of Creativity - Top-100 essential downloads of free software & freeware for Windows XP - CreativeGuy Â» Free online file storage/sending
What I learned at MIT - Top 10 tips to keep that new computer spyware-free - Five best freeware games of 2005