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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:29pm

You're right, Spud, those are the practical unofficial systems. When I work on the sewingmachine I mostly use my fingers or nails instead of a tape measure to make reasonable seams.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 15, 2014 at 1:18pm

Chris, I still quite often use a couple of old systems of measurement and think they're practical when I don't have a measurement tool with me and want a quick approximate answer.  Most of my shoes are very close to one foot in length, and the distance between the knuckles of my little finger are very close to one inch.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 15, 2014 at 11:30am

I heard someplace that a majority of men would like to be taller. I'm in that group.

Great poster, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2014 at 11:04am

Carl, all three of my kids are 50 this year. Seems like only yesterday!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 15, 2014 at 8:01am

I had heard that your final height would be twice your height at 3 years of age (or 2?). According to my parents, I would be 6' tall. During my growth spurt years, I measured myself every month, eagerly anticipating the day I'd reach that magic number. Sigh. Never got remotely close--5'9" rounded up! Now, at age 71, I'm barely over 5'7". And hanging on bars didn't help!

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:15am

Thanks Grinning Cat, you make me feel less stupid. The old systems are certainly colorful, but not practical at all. Here older systems have all but disappeared, no one knows about them anymore, but I remember my mother measuring cloth with an el. It's the distance between thumb and armpit, about 68 cm.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 15, 2014 at 1:54am

Yes, Randall. I am a doer of crosswords. After 20+ years of working nights I've found that they're an ideal pastime as they can be laid aside and taken up so easily as work demands. I'm better at Danish crosswords than English these days too. I do attempt the cryptic in the Times Lit. Supp. every week and my record is 5 answers solved.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 10:24pm

Skillet cornbread... delicious!  <licks whiskers>

And sometimes pies are square.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 9:54pm

Cornbread CAN be round if it's made in a cast iron skillet!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 9:48pm

Chris, the metric system makes so much more sense than the Imperial and U.S. systems with inches and feet and yards and miles (and fathoms and rods and furlongs and...), and ounces and pounds (of various flavors, too! as well as stones and such), and ....

Now to bring up fictional characters that are not part of any religion! J. K. Rowling wrote on pottermore.com that when Britain adopted the metric system, witches and wizards simply ignored it. They "are not averse to laborious calculations, which they can, after all, do magically, so they do not find it inconvenient to weigh in ounces, pounds and stones; measure in inches, feet and miles; or pay for goods in Knuts, Sickles, and Galleons." She refused to allow the publisher to convert measurements in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to metric, as was their standard practice; the old system is "much more picturesque, much quirkier, and therefore more appropriate to the kind of society I was describing."

Speaking of inconvenient units, how about velocity in furlongs per fortnight (1 fur/ftn is literally glacially slow: rougly 1 centimeter per minute).

 

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