Tom's Blog (14)

Where to Move?

In recent discussions with people, I've come to the reinforced decision that moving is a must. I currently live in Huntsville, Alabama, roughly the center of the state only a few miles south of Tennessee. I hate the cold. I like to be involved with my fellow Atheists, but I'm not afraid of starting my own groups- should the need arise. I REALLY hate the cold. And though California seems a logical choice, I know next to nothing about how to live inside of it. Plus, it's all the way across the… Continue

Added by Tom on March 26, 2011 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

Not Agnostic

 

Agnosticism privileges the religious argument.  It says that the religious argument is, at least, as likely as the Atheist argument. However, while the Atheist argument actually has supporting evidence (take a key feature of that argument: "The Universe requires no gods to exist."  Then, Occam's Razor.) the religious argument rests on assumptions that rest on other assumptions- turtles all the way down.

 

It's not that lack of evidence is evidence against the religious…

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Added by Tom on February 24, 2011 at 3:03pm — 11 Comments

The Sociability of Gaming

I have a couple of questions about the social gaming habits of my fellow atheists. (I'll post my own habits after the questions.)



(1) What games, if any do you play online?

(2) What sort of organizations are you involved with in the game(s) you play online? (Clan, Guild, whatever)

(3) How does the social interactions you have while playing affect your gaming experience?

(4) What would you think about Atheist, or Atheism, -centric gaming groups in game? (Clans, Guilds,… Continue

Added by Tom on June 22, 2010 at 3:37pm — 2 Comments

Dead God Smiling

This didn't make the editor's cut at the mag I sent it to, but some people have liked it. Additionally, people are always asking me "So, what do you write?" I don't plan on re-submitting this in this format/version anywhere else; but it can serve as a very small example of my writing style.



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DEAD GOD SMILING



“You!”

“Me.”

And we're off again.

This isn't the first time it has happened, and it might not be the last. I've been hunting “him” for… Continue

Added by Tom on April 17, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Every Black Hole Contains Another Universe?

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/100409-black-holes-alternate-universe-multiverse-einstein-wormholes/



"Like part of a cosmic Russian doll, our universe may be nested inside a black hole that is itself part of a larger universe.



In turn, all the black holes found so far in our universe—from the microscopic to the supermassive—may… Continue

Added by Tom on April 15, 2010 at 5:09am — 6 Comments

Simon Singh Wins!

http://skepchick.org/blog/2010/04/breaking-simon-singh-has-won/



I'd like to hear an experienced UK lawyer's reaction to this. I have a deep, hopefully unwarranted, worry that this is a politically motivated move by the BCA to preserve their ability to sue other, less well-known/financed, people in the future.



But, for now: FUCK YES! WE WIN, BITCHES! SCIENCE IS A MOTHERFUCKER FULL OF WIN! EAT IT,… Continue

Added by Tom on April 15, 2010 at 4:40am — 2 Comments

Guest Blogging @ JesusFetusFajitaFishsticks

My latest Guest Blog is up over at the always fun JFFF:

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Dawn of the Day of the Return of the Bride of The Entire Weekend of the Quite Probably Dead or About to Die.



American Atheist Convention 2010, you know what I have to say to you? You have inspired me. Yes, you have inspired me on to greater heights of activism than ever before! Yes, American Atheist Convention 2010, and you have inspired me so fucking inspirationally much, that I even have a… Continue

Added by Tom on April 7, 2010 at 12:23am — No Comments

Atheist Conventions and YOU!

I recently attended the American Atheist Convention in Newwark/Elizabeth, New Jersey. What draws you tot he Conventions? What keeps you away? What could they do to get you more interested?

If told you I partied with Brother Richard would you admit how unimaginably jealous you were?

I think we need more entertainment, official after-parties, and general night life activities. Help me help us all, give me your thoughts!

Added by Tom on April 5, 2010 at 8:19pm — 3 Comments

Options

Give me some options for when I realise drinking whiskey every day is probably bad for me. AA is for "Higher power" retards, who need an excuse to have been worthless drunks. I don't need that, I'll need some way of managaing the problem. Europeans, help a brother out...

(update: funniest responses EVAReleventyquazillionelevens)

Added by Tom on February 18, 2010 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

Podcasting

I love podcasts. I've been listening to them for a couple years now, because I found Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, Skeptoid, and Scientific American. There are so many good podcasts out there, and such a huge diversity. Chariots of Iron, SGU, Skepticality, This American Life, Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, etc etc.



What initially draws you to a podcast- the topic, the slickness of their advertising, their format, the options they have available for their community- and just as… Continue

Added by Tom on February 7, 2010 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

Seriously, I'm not Funny.

No, seriously. I'm not. Not Ever. The FBI told me I'd be jailed as a terrorist if I attempted stand-up comedy. Because I'd bomb so bad. I'd be a human bomb. Like a suicide bomber, but comedic in intent instead of socio-political.



See? Ahilarious.



I'm not often bothered by it. I'd never publicly whine about it. I may have no ability at giving "teh" humor, but I can still LOL and :-) with the best of them.



I'd only lament it if my balls were being burned off with… Continue

Added by Tom on February 3, 2010 at 4:14am — 4 Comments

The worst thing about smileys...

There's no nose to punch, and no balls to kick. They just sit there with their idiot grins, "beaming happiness into the aether"... Makes me sick.



I rarely, if ever, use smiley faces in my online text. Sure, they're a great way to denote sarcasm or attempted humor, but so is just being funny. Not that everyone will always agree on what is or isn't humorous. Take the first three sentences of this post.



There's no nose to punch, and no balls to kick. ;-) They just sit there… Continue

Added by Tom on February 2, 2010 at 9:00pm — 19 Comments

Skeptics.

I run a Skeptics in the Pub here in Huntsville- next one in February, be on the look out. I'm interested in how many people self identify as "Skeptics". And what they think are interesting subjects. Yes, I'm shamelessly asking for relevant topics for my events to focus on; but I'm also just curious what other people think about.



Equally interesting, to me, is what non-skeptics think about things like UFOs, Bigfoot, Medical Quackery (homeopathy, chriopractic, acupuncture, etc),… Continue

Added by Tom on February 1, 2010 at 6:36am — 3 Comments

Testing 1, 2, Apples.

It's an interesting environment, is the intardtubs. (Little known fact: He actually meant it's a series of tubs. Yes, he is that dumb, and that lucky.) The etiquette here is variable compared to that on the outside meat. Stable enough, I suppose. I like to send friend requests without personal messages- a faux paus, true- because I like reactions. To be fair, I like positive reactions towards me, best; but who said scientists weren't biased? Regardless. I like to watch the reaction emerge, see… Continue

Added by Tom on January 31, 2010 at 12:18am — 3 Comments

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