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Help!

I'm taking a creative writing class this quarter. Our first assignment is to create a character adn a setting that we will use in the rest of our assignments. Both have to be contemporary, and we're forbidden from creating sci-fi/fantasy style characters/settings. :(



I'm less disappointed by this than I thought I would be, but I'm not quite sure what exactly I want to go with. I think I have it boiled down to a few different alternatives: a teen-aged non-believer living with… Continue

Added by Creature on April 6, 2009 at 6:27pm — 2 Comments

I am all ready to go

I finished stocking up and am waiting for sunrise tomorrow to take off. I took Dawkins for one last run on the beach and an hour of disc golf. I've updated my charts and am googling for places to visit on the way. I want to find a nudist beach or two and some places on the way to let Dawkins off to unwind.



I have a few close friends coming over for dinner and goodbyes. I have no desire to ever come back to the states nor a reason too. I am grateful that I could see all the wonderful… Continue

Added by James Cameron on April 6, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

This is just horrible

I've just read a story in a one of the most important newspapers here in Juárez, about how some kids, all under the age of 12, will be "reenacting" the stations of the cross.



I think it is awful, stupid and cruel enough that adults represent this physically abusive story, but to have children doing it! that's brutal.



And then I found these videos on youtube…

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Added by Eduardo on April 6, 2009 at 1:14pm — 4 Comments

My family.

I received this email about an hour ago.



PLEASE, call the White House and President Obama and tell him that the Christian people want protection for the Freedom of Conscience Act. If this Act is rescinded no health care worker, hospital, doctors office, doctor, nurse, pharmacy, pharmacist, or health care facility will legally be able to deny access to abortion procedures or assistance, regardless of their belief, without suffering legal proceedings against them.



As…
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Added by Matt Petree on April 6, 2009 at 11:56am — 3 Comments

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness

I have always juggled with the idea of writing about my personal life.



In general I am opposed on the grounds that I should reveal to much about my own personal drama and look weak.



Believe me, I have done it before.



But I also don't want to be impersonal.



I am a naturalist, I live my life, every moment observant of the collisions of causality that bind our existence.



I am hanging out with my… Continue

Added by Mindcore on April 6, 2009 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Sam Harris Talk

Sam Harris is my favorite writer. Here he is making his main argument. I promote his ideas on my podcast.

Added by Mindcore on April 6, 2009 at 6:40am — 1 Comment

For those who fancy a bit of a giggle...

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This will feature comedy sketches, songs and any other videos made by myself and Jon.
Please check it out and feel free to subscribe. The channel currently has 3 videos on it which appear on my personal youtube channel.

All the best RC666

Added by coughlan666 on April 6, 2009 at 6:29am — No Comments

Yet More Bullshit Starbucks Quotes (courtesy of Check Your Premises)

Yet More Bullshit Starbucks Quotes



The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.


(bold…
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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 6, 2009 at 4:26am — No Comments

Helen "Cares" about me.

On Apr 5, 2009 9:00pm, helen/zhebee wrote:

>

>

> Hello Alleee

>

> I write this because I care and know what I am

> talking about.




Thank you for caring about my immortal soul!

>

> Be sure that you want to be an atheist.



I am 42 years old, and have been an atheist for well over 20 years. During that time, I have thought long and hard about life and death. I am quite sure of my… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 6, 2009 at 3:38am — 1 Comment

Ten Commitments (an ethical and modern replacement for the Ten Commandments)

Ten Commitments



1. Do not lie to yourself.

2. Do not lie to other people, unless they are exercising tyranny.

3. When you think it is your duty to inflict pain, scrutinize your reasons closely.

4. When you desire power, examine yourself carefully as to why you desire it.

5. When you have power, use it to build up people, not to constrict them.

6. Do not attempt to live without vanity, since this is impossible, but choose the right audience from which to seek… Continue

Added by Galen Thurber on April 5, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

putting the christ back in christmas

I know that this is an old, tired, beaten to death topic. But, I can't think of anything else to write about. I do not understand why some people care so much that I celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas as opposed to just getting in the holiday spirit by celebrating the Santa Clause part of Christmas. Why can't they just celebrate whatever they want, and let me celebrate whatever I want?



I mean, I read an essay on this by Ben Stein. In which he talked about how, even though… Continue

Added by homo sapien on April 5, 2009 at 9:28pm — 9 Comments

I know what I know

I had someone tell me in a conversation once that I seem very sure of my answers and in the very same conversation a couple sentences later he told me you don't seem to be sure about a lot of things. And then in another conversation he did the same thing but said I see things pretty black and white and then a bit later said I see things as a lot of gray areas. Basically he was complaining that I was claiming to be able know things for certain but then complained when I said I don't know about… Continue

Added by TravCav on April 5, 2009 at 9:10pm — No Comments

I'm out of here!

I had written a rather lengthy post and posted it however it seems to have been raptured.



My last day of work was yesterday and my co-workers gave me a party to make Jesus proud. I am still feeling the effects. I'm off tomorrow to finish shopping for human and dog food for our long voyage to Ecuador. I changed my plans after a friend whom I served with contacted me making me an offer I couldn't refuse to visit him and his wife in Ecuador. They left the States shortly after his… Continue

Added by James Cameron on April 5, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

the Evil Atheist Conspiracy inc.

I post relevant and interesting atheist articles on reddit via the EAC sub-board.



There are atheists. They[we] do conspire. As far as theists are concerned, we're evil, and if evil is the denial of god and godliness, then I'm as evil as they come. I rejected faith in a conference with the local Bishop whilst only 8 years old. I played along for many years, to make friends, keep jobs, and so on, but never gained anything from this game. In fact, playing along only caused me more… Continue

Added by Demopoly on April 5, 2009 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

Brain as computer II

Daniel Dennett does a great job of examining and explaining memes in this video.

Denniel Dennet

Added by Darrel Ray on April 5, 2009 at 7:16pm — No Comments

safe computing tips

Outstanding free privacy products:



LinuxMint

http://www.linuxmint.com/

full featured fast & secure operating system



Passwordsafe

http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/

keep your passwords in a safe, keep that safe on a flash drive. Also works under linux via wine.

Mypasswordsafe for linux…

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Added by Galen Thurber on April 5, 2009 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

Brain as computer- some ramblings

In the debate over the virus metaphor, many people miss the clear parallels between the human brain and a computer. While many have no problem with the notion that computers can be infected with a metaphorical "virus", it seems that the line is drawn when the human brain is involved. There is abundant evidence that biological viruses can infect and take control of organic brains - controlling them much as a computer virus does. What makes us so resistant to the notion that ideas can do the same… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on April 5, 2009 at 4:10pm — 3 Comments

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I have to say I consider these more of a… Continue

Added by vivian on April 5, 2009 at 11:08am — No Comments

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