Jas Brimstone's Blog (42)

Feeling a little insecure

What with all of the news lately of pedophile priests in the catholic church I can't help but wonder... Was I an ugly child? I attended catholic school when I was young and none of the priests or nuns ever so much as made a pass at me.

Sorry, I know it's no laughing matter, and quite frankly I feel like a really dodged a bullet in that respect.

I guess sometimes you just gotta laugh to keep from crying... or something like that anyway.

Added by Jas Brimstone on March 31, 2010 at 4:48pm — 8 Comments

"In the spirit of Faith"

Religious folks of many types are fond of that saying added as a condition when they ask you to consider their ridiculous propositions. I've heard it from Mormons concerning "asking God to give a sign to let [me] know that [their] religion is right." I've heard it from new-agers concerning so-called psychic readings and other such woo. And I've heard it most recently in the letter posted by Pope Ratzy regarding pedophile priests.

It seems to me this is just another religious…


Added by Jas Brimstone on March 19, 2010 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

Small Victory Over Hypocrisy

This happened a few weeks ago, but I thought I'd write about it here.

To preface, my father is Catholic and doesn't know that I'm Atheist, but does know that my oppinions differ from his on several topics influenced by religion (gay marriage comes specifically to mind).

Anyway, a few weeks ago I was over at his house for a barbeque and he and I were standing around the BBQ having a beer and chatting. The subject of terrorism, Islam, etc. came up. He's normally not one…


Added by Jas Brimstone on March 17, 2010 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

Welcome new life!

The LONG awaited arrival of the newest addition to our family finally has happened.
At almost 3 am, an 8 lb. 4 oz. beautiful, healthy baby girl was born on 3-2-10. That is all.

Oh, and her name is Rayna. (thanks "Nerd" for pointing out my lack of savvy with these things, and letting me know the wonderful things they can do nowadays. ;-) )

Added by Jas Brimstone on March 3, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Baby on the way!

After a trip to the OB this morning to potentially set up a hospital induction, the wife was far enough along for the midwife to come out and break waters. Waters were successfully broken at 2:30 pm.

Now it's just the last leg of the "hurry up and wait" game as we anxiously await good contractions and heavy labor. This part can take a few hours before there's any real progress of note, but we can be certain of one thing. This baby will make her debut in the world either tonight or… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on March 1, 2010 at 7:01pm — 2 Comments

One Son vs Many Suns

I just finished watching an hour-long lecture entitled "A Universe From Nothing" by Lawrence Krauss:

(Sorry, couldn't embed the video, but here's the link.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo&feature=player_embedded

Anyway, He mentions in it something that is mentioned actually rather often by scientists of note including Carl Sagan and Neil Degrasse Tyson, which is that we are all… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on February 28, 2010 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

Anxiously* awaiting baby...

*But not patiently.

So here we sit after yet another visit with the midwife, with no baby yet born and our hopes of breaking waters tomorrow as an induction shattered. She's not dilated enough to even attempt to break waters, and we're running low on time. Financially speaking my wife is the sole bread-winner of our household right now (as I JUST finished school and finding a job in this area, in this economy, is not going well to say the least!) and as such she only has a finite… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on February 25, 2010 at 11:01pm — 4 Comments

Another Day Goes By...

And no baby yet.

Wife was technically due the 16th, but she carries longer. Law of averages and all that (in order for the "average" woman to carry to 40 weeks then it stands to reason that for every woman who labors at 38 weeks there must be one who labors at 42 weeks... or something like that. I'm not great at the maths). Our first was induced at 6 days past "due," and our second at 17 days past "due," and this one doesn't look like she's going to break the mold in that respect. We… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on February 18, 2010 at 11:03pm — 4 Comments

What have I been up to?

Not that I expect anyone to really care, but here it is anyway, the reasons I've been away for so long:

1. Making my way through my last semester and student internship so that I can get my teaching license.

2. Procreating yet again with my lovely wife. Child #3 is due any day now.

3. Volunteering at a local school that is sadly lacking a Theatre department, yet has an AWESOME facility for it.

Note: Above mentioned volunteering is not entirely altruistic. I do so in… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on February 1, 2010 at 8:55pm — 2 Comments

Sculpture website

Please check out my sculpture project and let me know any feedback you might have.


This has nothing to do with atheism, it just has to do with well, me.

Added by Jas Brimstone on April 14, 2009 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Avatar: The Last Airbender & Skepticism

While not specifically atheist, the "fortuneteller" episode reveals my favorite character, Sokka, as one of the best skeptics I've seen in a children's show since Chirp from "Peep and the Big Wide World."

It also has a great example of how exasperating and frustrating "believers" can be to such a skeptic.

I totally sympathize with Sokka's plight! Even if you don't know anything about the show, I still think you'll get a kick out of watching… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on March 19, 2009 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Cognitive Dissonance OR Jesus is a Shapeshifter

I think my Art History professor hit upon something last night while discussing the Pazzi Chapel designed by Brunelleschi. He said, “Belief is knowledge, and when you ‘know’ something, you are comfortable. But if I say, ‘WRONG!’ then suddenly your belief in what you thought you knew is called into question and you are uncomfortable.” He went on to discuss why the chapel itself was “comfortable” because it mathematically had correct proportions, etc. etc., but that quote got me… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on March 10, 2009 at 11:58am — 2 Comments

Lasik stuff

So I went to the local Lasik place here this morning for a consultation. After a quick check on a very snazzy machine that gave my prescription after only 2 minutes of making a little pinwheel image come into focus for each eye (it not only gave my Rx but also was able to tell that I had astigmatism in both eyes!), I got to hear the real scoop on cost.

$2745 total!! (Unless I need permanent "plugs" to help with tearing. Those are an additional $398.)

I looked into this guy and… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on February 21, 2009 at 10:28pm — 3 Comments

Madagascar 2

Has a great illustration of the silliness of religion with King Julian and his "Sacrifice to the volcano." If you haven't seen it. Watch it (the whole movie is pretty funny, anyway). That's all. :-)

Added by Jas Brimstone on February 7, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

A Poem

I posted this poem in "randomness," but thought I'd like to post it here too.

Things I Know

By: JM Wyrd (aka, Pirate Bard)

I thought about writing a sequel titled "Things I Have Reasonable Evidence to Consider True" but it became too long.

Added by Jas Brimstone on February 5, 2009 at 10:11am — No Comments

Annoyingly amusing

So I quote the Treaty of Tripoli in a discussion about how America is NOT a "Christian Nation" and what do I get in return?

Basically that I'm somehow "taking it out of context" and that it really meant that America was not like Britain (a "truly Christian nation" in that there was no separation), yet... I'm still wrong and America was founded on "Christian ideals" by "Christian men and women" (though which women I'm not sure), and that we are a "Christian nation".

There's… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on February 4, 2009 at 6:32pm — 1 Comment


So in the interest of getting off of our fat butts and doing something positive to lose weight my wife and I are going to start jogging. Starting tomorrow. I know I know, all diets start "tomorrow", but really, it's too dark now to start today or we would have.

We're going to try some "Couch to 5K" program thingy that she found online. I don't know how long it will last, but here's hoping it will. We could both use it.

Anyway, wish us luck. Kick me if I complain too much. Ask me how… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on January 31, 2009 at 10:58pm — 2 Comments

Because I feel like it

I'm going to start blogging whatever useless nonsense I happen to be thinking about or doing whenever I feel like it.

For instance right now, I would like to announce the following:

After Dark Horror Fest... Some of their "Films to Die For" are really, well... Not. One of three so far has been decent.

I think the worst part is they claim that they're films "so disturbing they don't make it to the box-office," or something of that nature anyway. Okay, if by "disturbing" they… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on January 30, 2009 at 10:10pm — 2 Comments

Someone please explain to me why

the US government is spending $650 million on the analog/digital converter box program.

Seriously, I don't get it. I know a good Democratic government can only run with an informed citizenry; however, I don't see how or why it is the government's responsibility to pay for people to be able to watch TV. TV is a luxury, not a right and certainly not a necessity. Of all the spending that is proposed in the latest economic stimulus package this one makes the least amount of sense to… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on January 29, 2009 at 4:01pm — 4 Comments

Lost in translation

I am by no means a perfect speller,

Or even great at grammar,

But reading a post written in text-speak

Is like bashing my eyes with a hammer!

Seriously, I cannot be the only one

Who sees are language die

Every time u use u for "you"

and refuse to capitalize an i.

when numbers stand 4 words

and punctuations thrown 2 the wind

i dont no where 1 line ends

n where the next begins...

the overuse of ellipses

can bring… Continue

Added by Jas Brimstone on January 20, 2009 at 1:19pm — 6 Comments



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