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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2014 at 12:58pm

Funny Ian.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2014 at 12:57pm

Eats, shoots and leaves."  That's a good one Felaine.

Ian, feeling not bad thanks.

I think I finally got my TV working right again.  It'll be 2 months before I can afford a projection bulb so I can see movies on my big screen and put the 14 year-old TV in storage again.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 26, 2014 at 10:51am

I've learnt the lesson. Don't pander to bad punctuation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2014 at 1:34am

sk8eycat, great panda story. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2014 at 1:33am

Ian, according to Laura, Larry and Craig, they had the same frustration with Windows for years, yet they were so loyal to Windows they would not even countenance the idea of any other machine.

Laura helped me care for my son, Cary, who was in a comma. One of us was at his bedside day and night for eight days until he regained consciousness. She had to keep up with her business obligations because she owns her own business. She bought an Apple product and was able to work at the hospital. She changed her mind completely about Apple. She, Larry and Craig soon switched over to Apple. There were just too many down hours in which they had to repair the equipment and not at the business of doing business. 

I bought a refurbished iMac about five years ago and just replaced it with a MacBook Pro. I love it. 

Patricia seems to have some insight on her new Apple product. She is also good at following written instructions, and she will be a good resource for you. I do not have her talent. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 26, 2014 at 12:58am

Ian, have you heard of, or seen the funny book on punctuation titled EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES...?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eats,_Shoots_%26_Leaves

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

"Why?" asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"Well, I'm a panda," he says. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. "Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

Comment by Ian Mason on January 25, 2014 at 10:33pm

A couple of days off and I'm a long way behind what's happening.

Hope you're feeling well, Spud.

Bought a new laptop a couple of months ago and still struggle with Windows 8. There doesn't seem to be any logic in it compared to Vista. Perhaps a used Apple/Mac next time.

A quote from a book of funnies I've been reading, one that illustrates the importance of commas.

Rowan Atkinson as a police inspector in "The Thin Blue Line"

"You know what the result will be don't you? Your cock-up, my arse"

Comment by sk8eycat on January 25, 2014 at 9:22pm

Oh, I love Oliver!  KISSSY-POO!  (Clever PhotoShop work)

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 25, 2014 at 9:10pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 25, 2014 at 8:13pm

I don't know "Herk" all that well, it's his Significant Other, Elizabeth that I sometimes talk on the phone with.  If I can get in touch with her, I'll ask if I can give you her addy, or phone number....or both.  She is VERY ill, and never going to get better, but we don't talk about that. I try to make her laugh...produces pain-relieving beta endorphins, ya know. Has good days and bad days. But she has been a great friend for more than 10 years, even though we have never met face to face. 

 

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