Wordplayer's Blog (8)

Two "moons" in the sky? Not on THIS planet!

Good grief, here it is again. There is yet another instance of the Hoax That Will Not Die circulating on the Internet. Here is the version I received a few minutes ago in an email:





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Hey check this out...

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> Two moons on 27 August

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> 27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for......... .....

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> Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting

>… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on August 25, 2008 at 2:20pm — 8 Comments

Vulgar #^%&*@! Vocabulary

I dislike profanity for the most part, but it has its place. There are some thoughts which simply cannot be expressed adequately without it. Nevertheless, I find it painful to wade through mounds of casual vulgar language on the Internet, where it is far more ubiquitous than it is even in so-called "real life" (at least in the circles in which I move). And most of the time, the use of profanity adds nothing to its context.



Most people on the Internet who learn of my dislike of… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on August 10, 2008 at 5:42pm — 8 Comments

Things You Will Never Overhear at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Okay, so I totally ripped off this list from cartoonist Francesco Marciuliano. It's hilarious.





Things You Will Never Overhear at the 2008 Summer Olympics



"Breathe in deep that fresh Beijing air. Smell that? That's the smell of freedom, my boy."



“Wow, NBC hasn’t focused on a single American athlete yet.”



“If you ever needed proof that rhythmic gymnastics is a real sport, there it is.”



“Remember, this broadcast is our big chance… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on August 8, 2008 at 3:43pm — 1 Comment

"The Romance of Science"

A guest blogger at Pharyngula invited regulars to answer the question, "Why do you like science?" What follows is a slightly modified version of my answering comment.





I have always experienced what Carl Sagan called "the romance of science"; it was only when he expressed the phrase that I knew that to be what it was.



I am especially awed by natural sciences and the phenomena they encompass (as opposed to the breathtaking accomplishments such as have been done with… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on August 7, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

I guess I am officially a Humanist now. So what was I before -- an inhumanist?

Two very brief comments:



First, I'd like to announce that I just got a free 1-year membership with the American Humanist Association. The details are in this blog entry on the Friendly Atheist website, if you're interested in following up on this opportunity as I did. (A year's membership normally costs $35.)



Second, I applaud the Atheist Nexus webmaster(s)… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on August 5, 2008 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Ancient Artifacts Subjected to Sacred Spin

[I first posted this lengthy review on my MySpace blog last year.]





I recently went to see an exhibition billed as "Ancient Treasures of the Holy Land" housed in the Embarcadero Building at Fair Park of Dallas. Fair Park has some fine museums, but the Embarcadero Building isn't one of them; it's just a general-purpose building with lots of space, usually given over to agricultural exhibits during the State Fair of Texas or various attractions during the North Texas IrishFest.… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on July 26, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Whose Service Is This, Again?

I attended a funeral recently for a relative of a friend, and I saw a familiar type of service.



The deceased had lived 84 years, and the only things the minister mentioned about him in this memorial (though they were mentioned repeatedly and with due emphasis on their considerable value) were the facts that he was a serviceman (U.S. Navy, in both WWII and Korea), husband, and father (and grandfather and great-grandfather). That's about it.



Wait, not quite: There was also a… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on July 25, 2008 at 4:58pm — 7 Comments

Modern Primitives

I work in an office on the 15th floor of a glass-walled skyscraper. (Actually, I personally work in a cubicle in that office, but you get the idea.) There are few buildings in this area anywhere near this tall, and the region is mostly very flat, so the view from the windows is wide open -- and, at this time of year, quite pleasant, with lots of trees and other greenery dominating the surrounding neighborhoods, especially on our side of the highway.



Recently, we had a moderately… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on July 25, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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