August 2008 Blog Posts (271)

Monday, 25 August, 2008 19:53

Monday, 25 August, 2008 19:53

Nilknarf Daily Haiku


by love and understanding...

alone in sorrow.

Dammit, I need to remember to spell-check and edit every fucking entry....

And I forgot to mention in yesterdays' entry that it was Moms' ninty-first birthday. I miss her so much.....

I was awake at 03:00 today, got up at 03:15 and met the day.

Went out the motel that Cleata an Norm were staying at about 06:45... Cleata… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on August 25, 2008 at 9:26pm — No Comments

On Faith

Figured I would post this writing from college, since it kind of applies.

Questioning Faith

We live in an artificial reality. The world around us is the result of thousands of years of culture and beliefs being abstracted over generations. There is little we "believe" and "feel" that makes any rational sense, but our actions usually can be traced directly to our basic instincts of survival. We hunger for more, both in ways that are necessities to our success as… Continue

Added by Coyote on August 25, 2008 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Please excuse the bragging...

I am going to brag a little on my son here so please excuse the excess of fatherly pride. A little background first - my son is playing 7th grade football this year for his middle school. He is 12 y/o, 5' 10" tall and weighs in at 224 ibs. He plays defensive tackle and this clip is from their jamboree last it HERE

He made the highlight reel first game -… Continue

Added by Brad Feaker on August 25, 2008 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

I received a flyer in today's mail from a church group. There's nothing unusual about that. It seems that here in the Southern United States (aka the bible belt), there's a church on almost every cor…

I received a flyer in today's mail from a church group. There's nothing unusual about that. It seems that here in the Southern United States (aka the bible belt), there's a church on almost every corner and they use flyers and such as recruiting tools. This one was giving a recap of a recent outing to a local lake for the kids. I generally do read these things just because it amuses me to see how rabid the fundies get in their zeal for their skydaddy.… Continue

Added by Oh-Oh-Oreo on August 25, 2008 at 6:36pm — 1 Comment

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:


Hey check this out...


> Two moons on 27 August


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


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

>… Continue

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

More about creations and science

In the past couple of days, I’ve been fielding an increasing number of, um, interesting questions from School Girl. Yesterday, we talked about “how the earth was created”. Last night, there were another couple of interesting questions, which found their way into the breakfast conversation this morning.

“How was the moon created? Is it really white, or black, or green?” Green? Huh…

Closely followed by…”If there’s nothing in space, is it white or black?” White being in the… Continue

Added by Karen Mohler on August 25, 2008 at 10:35am — 2 Comments

Finks ahoy!

by Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief


There's plenty of nonsensical meme creation on the Internet (just so you know). One of my least favorites is what I'll call the Fictional Narrative Cartoon (FNC, or 'Fink'). Follow these steps to write a Fink of your own:

1. Select a life stance you have never held nor attempted to… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 25, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Where is God?

Dear reader,

A simple question from a simple person: Where is God? If he exists, he must be somewhere. I don't mean in the metaphorical sense, as in, "Wow I am going through a bad patch right now, God where are you?" but rather as in physically, where the fuck is he? I mean, for a person to believe in something, typically it has to BE somewhere. Is he in Australia? Is he down a mine shaft? Is he on Uranus? Is he on the other side of the galaxy? Is he far, far away, in the outer… Continue

Added by Buford Twain on August 25, 2008 at 1:50am — 8 Comments

Devastated Family

I have had a few people welcome me into the "community" here on Atheist Nexus, but I haven't had a chance to answer and say "Hi" back. You see, we have lost a cherished member of our family and I won't be posting for a while after this, but I will be back later. This Saturday in the wee hours, my Father in Law passed away. The family was there to see him go as he lay in his hospital bed in intensive care. We knew he was sick with leukemia since early spring of this year, and so were trying to… Continue

Added by Natalie on August 25, 2008 at 1:20am — 1 Comment

RNC protest

If anyone else plans on being here, and you want to meet up, send me a message :)

Added by Hessenroots on August 25, 2008 at 12:28am — No Comments

Just an excuse to fiddle

*says* something smart

Added by Fiona on August 24, 2008 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment

Dragon*Con 2008 Parties

I'm going to be at Dragon*Con 2008 in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend and will be involved in throwing a large party in the Hyatt. It's usually one of the larger parties of the con. We will have lots of alcohol and lots of fun. If anyone is going to be there and is interested in meeting up or finding the party, hit me back with a comment or a message.

Added by Jeremy on August 24, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Sunday, 24 August, 2008 19:31

Sunday, 24 August, 2008 19:31

Nilknarf Daily Haiku


by love and understanding...

alone in sorrow.

Lanas' mother died last night.

I had never met her.

I really feel for Lana and her family... even though you know it's coming, it's hard, very hard, to say goodbye to a loved one.

My day started at 03:00... I had gone to bed and right to sleep at 22:00 last night.

I tried to sleep for about two hours, but it… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on August 24, 2008 at 8:28pm — No Comments

The Catholic Church and Hitler

Recently I saw that a bible thumper laid the blame of atheism on Hitler and the Nazis. Of course, I thought that was crazy, and wrote up a blog post about it. What I wonder is, seriously, has anything truly good ever come out of religion? Anything? I mean, wars, the Dark Ages, so much bad stuff, but I can't think of anything good.

And apparently my… Continue

Added by Neece on August 24, 2008 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Listening to the waves

It is a cacophony of noise.

The sound of the moon pulling at its tether
The sound of molecules churning and clashing
The hidden roar of hurricanes and typhoons

Yet it calms me and lulls me to sleep.

Added by Brian on August 24, 2008 at 7:38pm — 3 Comments

"I have learned that death is scary and that means that I can enjoy life."

I'm about to move about an hour away where I got a job that provides a little apartment for free. I hauled a box out of my closet that contains about twenty journals that I've kept since I was a kid. I couldn't resist pulling them out and reading them and now I'm wasting my time on it when I should be packing. Anyway. This page made me smile. I wrote it right after deconverting. I was about nineteen years old.

Previously I stated that "I have learned that death is scary and that… Continue

Added by Krista on August 24, 2008 at 4:57pm — 1 Comment

"Eugenics is applied Darwinism"

Typical evolution = Hitler crap...again. Good for a Sunday afternoon chuckle though :)

Stunning documentary links Darwin, Hitler

Here's the 'documentary' thing on YouTube if you're up for an hour of punishment.

Added by Hessenroots on August 24, 2008 at 1:59pm — No Comments

“A Deck of Cards” (originally published in Polluto Magazine Issue 1) in the articles section

A deck of cards is an amazing teaching tool. With it, I’ve taught students elementary concepts such as addition and subtraction as well as advanced concepts in Algebra and Geometry. As a teacher trainer and lead teacher for my district, I have built up my reputation with eleven years of dedicated teaching, yet a few seconds could demolish my reputation and possibly cost me my job if word got out that I am an atheist.

Although I teach in a public school, the vast majority of the… Continue

Added by Jess Freeborn on August 24, 2008 at 11:50am — No Comments

When a Poe isn't: A new breed of crazy

I stated very early on that it wasn’t my sole intent to make this blog a constant source of fundamentalist ridicule. I hold to that (see my post on Tardigrades) but being as the bigfoot scandal is over, the raelians are quiet and scientologists haven’t tried to kill anyone in a while…I’m at a loss. Some fairly interesting stuff happened in the Olympics this week but I imagine you’re just as sick of hearing about Phelps (not fred) as I am. That aside, and in my own defense, some of this stuff is… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 24, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

Saturday, 23 August, 2008 21:49

Saturday, 23 August, 2008 21:49

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

twice the energy

maybe three times, wasted on hate;

but love wastes nothing.

weird night... I went to be about 20:00, being very tired.

Fucking woke up at midnight. Irrevolkably.

We had a nice storm come through from the northwest, kinda unusual; got quite a bit of rain and a little wind, and it lasted for quite a while. Lotsa lightning.

I decided to start the crock pot… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on August 23, 2008 at 10:14pm — 1 Comment

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