David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 novel "Infinite Jest," was found dead Friday night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.
Jackie Morales, a records clerk at the department, said Wallace's wife called police at 9:30 p.m. Friday saying she had returned home to find…Continue
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
is ineffective against
guns, knives, fists and hate.
But it's all we have.
Sometimes haikus are too limiting... by usually that just means that it's not a good haiku... you just haven't thought enough, boiled it down, cared enough to do it right.
Sequential haikus are great, though, sometimes. Sarah wrote a wonderful one a coupla months ago where she reversed the… Continue
Like many Americans, I own pets. Yet I think I'm kind of a looney when it comes to my pets since I don't like the term "own'" for these little furry or scaley beings that share my home. Yeah, I paid money for them...But I think that term is a little insulting to the furry American that lives with me, rent free, in exchange for cuddles. I often find myself pondering our relationship and what it should be. Do any of you do this?
Before I get into my thought processes when pondering… Continue
I have no need for religion and what it commands you to believe. Man created this and the myth is perpetuated by man. One must have independent thought and be honest with oneself, even if that leads us to face our deepest fears. For out of those fears we can be humbled and appreciate our existence.
By nature humans have a need to know the whose, whys, where’s and what’s of this fragile and confusing thing called living. We are fortunate to be here. From the billions who never make it… Continue
When I was a young student in school studying ancient mythology, I always loved the fanciful tales and colorful characters, but couldn’t help but wonder why we call ancient Roman and Greek religious practices mythology and ancient Christian practices religion. If Christianity had not had such a powerful or successful PR machine behind it, we might all still be praying to Athena and worshiping Zeus, and the world’s few remaining pagans might not… Continue
[First in a nine-part series on best practices for nonreligious parenting.]
"I feel your pain." --BILL CLINTON at a campaign rally in 1992
"We need to...pass along the value of empathy to our children. Not sympathy, but empathy – the ability to stand in somebody else’s shoes; to look at the world through their eyes."
--BARACK OBAMA in a speech on Father's Day 2008
My daughter made an observation this morning on the way to school.....
My son was standing in a puddle on a bump which gave the appearance of "walking on water", which he thought was cool. My daughter said "Well, in the winter the water freezes so we can all walk on in...take that Jesus!" It was just so casual and innocent that it was hilarious!! Having a laugh like that was a great start to the day. Ahh, kids.
Added by Natalie on September 11, 2008 at 8:22pm —
First, I'd like to give just a little detail about my background as a Christian. I was born and raised in the faith-cult of Jehovah's Witnesses. I really never took it all that seriously until I was about 17. Every JW is expected to evangelize from door to door. I started to take an interest in this and began doing this preaching work full-time. I believe that anyone who takes this preaching work seriously will inevitably come to a point where a conscious decision must be made. Either you… Continue
Added by Hurmmm... on September 11, 2008 at 2:43pm —
First in honor of this day I posted a rare recording of John F. Kennedy giving a speech to the press, in it he illuminates his all to revolutionary thoughts on Freedom and Democracy. It's sad that we lost such a great man, he certainly would have prevented many of the American atrocities that have happened since his assassination.
It has been my duty and privilege these last 8 years to engage in dialog with many people of various faiths and challenge their beliefs. As it's only… Continue
Added by Seth R. on September 11, 2008 at 9:30am —
Hey everyone! How are you!?
Well, I survived my company. Barely. It was a near thing. They are expecting to return for xmas and have xmas dinner at my house.
I'm more than willing to take ideas for how to tell them they can't use our house as a hotel whenever they like. They are catholics. They are the most wasteful, vain, shallow people. They are selfish and self centered. And if they come to visit for the holidays, I think I will go ballistic.
Over on the Wired.com blogs I saw an interesting article which relates precisely to the segment we did in season one, episode one.
This article does a much better job of pointing out some competing ideas, and gets into some information I did not have time to adequately cover in the segment, I strongly suggest clicking through the links in the article as well. I know that the LHC is dominating the minds of pop-science fans, but these are major breakthroughs going on which implications… Continue
Added by Eli on September 9, 2008 at 12:03pm —
A per usual, vjack over at Atheist Revolution has an excellent post on how you can be an Atheist Activist with minimal effort. While we can always strive to put more time in than 30 minutes a week, this post lays out a fantastic starting plan! This is the least we can do and very doable and effective. Cheers vjack!
Added by IsThatLatin on September 9, 2008 at 11:10am —
It's always interesting when someone unexpectedly breaks from the backfield and grabs a high-profile plum from more worthy contenders. Dan Quayle, Harriet Miers, and Clarence Thomas leap to mind. Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture, or Art Carney (!) beating Dustin Hoffmann, Jack Nicholson, and Al Pacino for Best Actor.
Sarah Palin recently joined the ranks of those unexpectedly thrust to the front of the line,… Continue