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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

Tags: poem

Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by booklover on September 19, 2013 at 5:10pm

Still owe on Hubby's car.  That's it.  We need to have a bigger savings account though! 

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2013 at 4:48pm

Booklover that sounds so wonderful that you are living debt free and paid off your house already. Wow - Congrats.

More people should live like you do. Less worry and stress.

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2013 at 4:47pm

oooh I love Talk Like a Pirate Day.

For the video game I am playing Star Trek Online I set up an event for my Fleet called Talk like a Pirate day to celebrate today.

How is everyone doing?

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 19, 2013 at 12:05pm

Someone on Instructables celebrated Pi day (3/14) with a Pi-Rat pie: a solid chocolate rat, with pi pirate hat and hook, bursting out of a chocolate chip cookie pie.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 19, 2013 at 12:00pm

Pastafarians would doubtless hold this day in high regard!

Still, we should remember that Treasure Island and movies have romanticized and distorted what is in real life a cruel and objectively evil business.

This reminded me of the SF/fantasy story "Yo Ho Hoka!" by Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson, in Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! (reprinted from Earthman's Burden). The collection is a fun, light read. The Hoka are a sentient, deceptively cute, teddy-bear-like species who don't much care about the boundary between fact and fiction, and often come together to gleefully recreate whatever Earth fictional world excited their imagination. The stories revolve around the Hoka and the ambassador from Earth getting into and out of trouble -- in this case while recreating a pirate milieu, and by the end learning to do it without actual stealing or violence.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2013 at 11:30am

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 19, 2013 at 11:18am

     Avast me hearties! Today be "Talk Like a Pirate Day" lest ye be forgettin'. So swill a grog as a buxom beauty sits merrily on ye lap (or handsome laddie), ye dirty son of a bilge rat! May that scurvy, flea bitten cur of a mongrel ye love be the only companion that ye have in hell! So raise a flagon to the pirate in us all. May all your wenches have fire in their eyes, and a cutlass at hand.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2013 at 10:45am

Great posts! Really enjoy reading this string. 

Ruth, thank you for your rant; you state it as I see it, loss of protection for workers, inability of workers to organize, loss of safety and environmental regulations, and if trends continue, loss of safety protection for women. I wonder what the environment and health care delivery will be like when/if this agreement goes through. This should be a wake-up call for all who work for wages. 

Ian, I like your quote; it speak of reality. 

Tony, Great performance by this young man. A Capella Science not only sounds good, it reads good as well! Music + science educates better than lectures or manuscripts. Do you refer to The International PARTICLE PHYSICS Masterclass session organized by Queen Mary, University of London?

Spud, I like you axe. Kind of reminds me of Pulaski Axe of 1910 Idaho fire fame. 

Chris and Mindy, I agree, economizing is fun and a great hobby. So many ways we can get off the merchandise merry-go-round.  

Comment by booklover on September 19, 2013 at 9:31am

Chris, economizing is my hobby!  I love to read books and online about frugality, simple-living, etc.  I don't always do everything I can, but I do a lot!  We are in a much better financial position than our spendthrift friends.  Our house was paid-off in our early 40's.  I could go on and on, but it's actually fun if you're creative about it, and the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you don't have debt is Wonderful!

My Mom gets her shelter cats today!  She's so excited. :)

Have a great day everyone!

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2013 at 1:06am

I love to read you all and I enjoyed Tony's video very much, even if I only have a very vague idea what quantum theory is about. I'm still very busy - the classes of English started again and I'm trying to write the extra exercises I never came round to in summer. The usual chores are still going on and in my spare time I'm trying to learn how to knit socks - not yet very succesful. The economic crises here is nibbling at our income (we're still lucky: no bites yet) so we took some measures; save more money if possible, use less energy and change hobbies so they produce more. My flowerboxes produced some vegetables and herbs this year and perhaps more next year. Economizing can also be a hobby.

 

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