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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 3 hours ago. 10 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud 7 hours ago. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:54am
Your mentioning Koyaanisqatsi reminds me of a discussion with Michio Kaku, physicist, in which they discuss being ready for the coming challenges.

Dr Michio Kaku Are We Ready For the Coming 'Age of Abundance?'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp76w5ujzcU&list=PLPblR4bWCoxkA3...

Having grown up in an Age of Authority, with hierarchical systems, knowledge that flows from top management down to obedient workers, and finding many flaws in the system, I am grateful to see a new vision of leadership and participation and a new Age of Team building. This new age, represented by the development of huge projects, such as space exploration, requires a more democratic form of leadership, with information flowing in all directions, from the source of problems to the cooperation of team members. I hope the process catches on.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:31am

WOW! Carl, that is an amazing water park, beautifully designed, brilliantly engineered, and complex beyond my imagination. I marvel at the designer, and wonder at the engineer who made it happen. 

Chris, beautiful photos from your home! The unique shapes of buildings such as in the painting by Johannes Vermeer, The Little Street, painted in 1658, and the windmill.  

Koyaanisqatsi is a memorable piece, haunting in its theme, enhanced by Glass's music.  An oracle's tale such as told by the oracles of Delphi, Greece.  

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2013 at 1:35am

That fountain is really special, Carl, I enjoyed the info too! Life out of balance and Koyaanisqatsi - the same film I think. And the music by Philip Glass is beautiful!

Grey days belong to this country, most people don't mind it, provided the gloom is not weeks on end. And yes, I often photos from my window. This is how today looks:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2013 at 12:38am

Hi, Chris.  Glad you liked the Chicago videos.  You mentioned Koyaanisqatsi.  He directed the film Life Out of Balance.  I saw it a few years ago.  Stunning cinematography.  And the film soundtrack is by Phillip Glass.  I've always admired his music ever since I saw him perform live when I was in college mid-80's.  What a grey, gloomy day you've had.  Was that photo taken from your window?   

Ruth, I don't blame you for not wanting to watch Donny and Marie. LOL  It was posted 99% as a joke and 1% for the nostalgia factor.  That "green light building" in the video isn't a building.  It's actually a hi-tech fountain/art display that illuminates in many colors and several images.  Here's an interesting video on how it works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Fountain

Welcome back, Ian.  Sounds like you had what I call the perfect holiday.....where you get to explore and learn.  Those are the most rewarding excursions that you always remember.   

Hey, Steph.  Hello and thanks for popping in.  You seem to be eternally busy.  When do you sleep?

Mindy, thanks for all the cute pics.  :)  Are those your two cats on top of the sofa?  They are cute.   

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2013 at 11:10pm

Great pic, Ruth. Stealing it.

That's what I think too. Do things while you can. There's an Irish toast that says something like "enjoy life while you can because you're a long time dead". BTW, the oldest member of the group I was travelling with was 87! She didn't walk the gorge (only one other of the bunch did) but kept up with the rest in every other activity, including drinking and smoking!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 14, 2013 at 9:50pm

Patricia, the wife fed his hamster of course. Probably grumbling under her breath too.

Thanks everyone for the entertaining LOLcats and gifs.

Sorry, Flying Atheist, couldn't bring myself to listen to the Osmonds. That green light building in Chicago is interesting, as well as the fountains and sculptures. How can it be so clean-looking? Where's the air pollution?

I didn't know that story about the cat hotel, sk8eycat.

Hope you enjoy the new restaurants, booklover.

Ian, thanks for the picture of you in Crete. You give me travel envy, but that's partly youth envy. I couldn't walk a 10 mile gorge any more. I'm glad you can and you get out there. Carpe Diem!

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2013 at 9:50am

That's a dangerous kitty!

Back again from my 2nd tour to Crete. Won't even try to catch up.

Walked Samaria gorge (16km/10 m) saw Knossos and the Museum of Archeology in Iraklio plus a few other sites I didn't see the first time round. Have put on a few pounds but am now back to a diet that isn't 50% fat.

Hope you're all well.

Comment by Plinius on September 14, 2013 at 1:08am

I love those videos, Carl! Very beautiful, and there's something from Koyaanisqatsi in it. Here it's Saturday 8 AM, rainy and very quiet:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2013 at 7:46pm

Here are two really cool time lapse videos of Chicago.  I do admit, I love the hustle, bustle and beauty of a large city. 

Places in Time: Chicago from Chris Pritchard on Vimeo.

Cityscape Chicago from Eric Hines on Vimeo.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2013 at 1:04pm

I hope that woman tossing kibble to a roomful of cats is just somebody's idea of a joke, and not a real hoarder.  The room looks clean, and the cats look healthy, but just thinking about hoarders makes me shudder.

It was two hoarders that ruined the elegant Cat Hotel; the city had to get a haz-mat team in there to clean it up, and the place still smells after being vacant for 2 years.

Breaks my heart because we worked so hard for more than 10 years to keep it clean, and attractive enough to appeal to people like Jay Leno, Stephanie Edwards, and Loretta Swit....and other members of Actors & Others for Animals.  (Word of mouth advertising is the best kind.)

Damn.  Damn.  Damn.  Damn.

sorry  8>(

 

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