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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 19. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

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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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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 9:46am

Ruth, I'm with you on reading easily enlarged screen text instead of books.  

December 13, 2012 a law went into effect that limits the average volume of TV commercials to that of the programing.  It seems to be that way on all of my channels except one that has an extension.  However, they can (an do), manipulate the sound of commercials so they stand out, and often sound louder, or at least more annoying (Why they think annoying me will make me want to buy their product or service has always escaped me).  There's a place that a complaint can be lodged with the government if a commercial sounds louder, so I may do that in hopes that they will be able to further reduce the annoyance factor.

Comment by Steph S. on March 27, 2013 at 5:43am

oh how cute Ruth!

So glad to hear from you!

Seems like something is missing when you aren't here.

Comment by Steph S. on March 27, 2013 at 5:40am

Good morning everyone!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2013 at 12:49am

Thanks for asking about me, booklover. I fell behind here, and then was overwhelmed trying to catch up yesterday. Today my brain is back for a while.

The Vulcan death grip LOLcat is great! And the dog snuggling the white kitty. Sorry to hear about your need for a gastroenterologist.

I’m a bit envious of all the interesting books you’re sharing. I don’t do well with dead tree books anymore. I can’t even keep up with magazines. These days I enjoy news and stuff on the screen where print size can be easily enlarged.

Thanks for the peppy music, Flying Atheist. However I found the jumpy editng style a touch surreal, as if time wasn’t flowing normally but getting stuck repeatedly. We just watched a TV program on our TiVo where a similar effect occurred over a 5 minute segment from a recording flaw or something. Somehow I have trouble stepping back and seeing it just as an artistic  technique. Instead it feels as if time actually is jittering. Maybe I watch too much time travel sci-fi. When I was young and still brainwashed by the culture, I actually slept with giant hair rollers, but not a face mask.

Idaho Spud. We jump out of our seats every evening because the commercials can come in much louder than the programming. Every time we watch YouTube on our TV, it’s very much louder too.

Ian, the butterfly effect started in complexity science, and only later spread to popular media. It’s about extreme sensitivity to initial conditions. Joan, that’s a good link, thanks.

Sentient Biped, get well please.

Steph, that Time cover is a hoot.

Napoleon, that’s a cute photoshop hybrid. We have a thread of them somewhere here.

Thanks for the Lawrence Krauss link, Joan. But I don’t agree that we’re insignificant. Why define significance as something arising outside of ourselves? After that, he’s better and clearer.

Patricia, great graphic! Really made me laugh.

Smile, folks! It's Spring (or Fall if you're Down Under).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 12:38am

We are all thinking about Sentient Biped.  I hope his surgery went well for him today.  He is a very warm and kind person and a great asset to our community.

Joan, I'm glad to pass along my list of books.  They were all highly recommended to me and I'm looking forward to reading them.

I also hope you enjoy listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  Reading the corresponding sonnets will make the music come to life with images. 

Well, it's late here in the mid-west.  Time to get my beauty rest.

Goodnight, All.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 12:01am

TFA, thanks for the recommendations of 

Wikipedia: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Seasons_%28Vivaldi%29)

Wikipedia: The Four Seasons Sonnets (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Four_Seasons_Sonnets

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 11:57pm
TFA, I can also recommend Susan Jocoby, Bart Ehrman, Oliver Sacks, and Steven Pinker. I put the others on my reading list. Thanks so much.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 11:51pm
Melinda, it might have been while you were on your vacation. Yes, he is so calm and reassuring, enjoys sharing and has great friends on his site.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 11:35pm

Sentient Biped, thinking of you. Found a naturalistic garden you might enjoy:

Comment by Ian Mason on March 26, 2013 at 10:45pm

Sentient Biped, thinking of you and hoping things go well.

There's something obviously fishy about that porcine/piscine. Excellent Photoshop skills though.

Interesting videos Ruth. I didn't know that the "butterfly effect" started as a jokey aside that the moron media took seriously and turned into a headline. I agree with Krauss, that we make our own meaning in life.

 

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