10 million is less than 10% of users.

10 January 2009 | Godlessness | No Comments

I saw today that a facebook friend (someone I knew from high school) joined a group “i bet i CAN find 10,000,000 Christians on facebook”.
I’d like to watch it and see if they do actually get 10 million. That is less than 10% of users, and in a little under 2 months of existence the group is at 100,000 members. What leads me to doubt the possibility of it growing to 10 million is the Christians by tradition (lack of real firm belief, but raised in a Christian family and never paid attention to doubt or questioning); Christians of more extreme or fanatical sects who may not be interested in joining the group because they don’t believe the others “Christian” enough, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses; and Mormons and “Messianic Jews” who are Christian but don’t define themselves as such.
Facebook, of course, is also an international site, so I’d also wonder what percentage of users are Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or any other of the world’s major religions.

I wonder – how many atheists would join a similar group on facebook?

Caffeine.

16 December 2008 | Life | No Comments

Do I have an addiction to caffeine?
I love coffee to no end. I love the taste; I love the smell; I love the varying characteristics of varietals; I love the dark, smooth taste of espresso and hot soymilk; I love the way it makes me feel. I’m not addicted to coffee, though. I can easily substitute any number of caffeinated substances for coffee when I’m craving the feeling, or when I reason that the way my head feels and/or my lack of energy is due to missing some caffeine for the day. Energy drinks, caffeinated mints, Excedrine (assuming I have a migraine), strong black tea, maybe even a wash with caffeinated soap (no, I haven’t done that yet).

This has made me think I’ve become dependant on caffeine, at least a little bit. However, each time I’ve thought to stop drinking caffeinated beverages for a short while (three days to a week) has been easy, and without serious withdrawal issues. And yet, when I get back into the world of caffeinated beverages, it has a markedly larger effect on me than before, so it’s apparent there was some desensitizing due to dependancy and continued consumption.
Nevertheless, I’m not pulling away from coffee anytime soon. I love the entire act, the process, of drinking coffee too much, in addition to the smell, taste, and effect. I’m now roasting my own coffee beans. I’ve bought green Ethiopean Yrgacheffe from The Coffee and Tea Exchange on Broadway and I roast them fresh before grinding and brewing in the morning. I’ve never had coffee so delicious before.

Maybe

13 December 2008 | Godlessness, Life | No Comments

Maybe the reason I’m so bad at keeping my blog posts up to date is that I’m terribly lazy about linking. Most blogs discuss news, other blogs, or various things on the web, and link to them give the reader info/background on the subject. I’m terribly lazy about linking. If it were easier to simply drag and drop a link, maybe I’d be more inclined to do so.

Today I won’t be so lazy, and I’ll link to a post on the Vegan Cupcakes blog about Vegan Stollen. And I’ll keep it atheist-oriented by referring you to the first comment on the post, where it is mentioned that the stollen was originally meant to look like baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. So, more atheists should make and eat stollen, as everyone knows that atheists love to eat babies.

Also, this makes me sad that this bowl is no longer available, though I doubt Karen would like it around the house anyway. It is a bit creepy.

For Festivus/Christmas/Kwanzaa/whatever, I have a short list. A nice silver Flying Spaghetti Monster lapel pin, a few iPhone Gift Cards, a red chef’s coat, and the James Jean Fables Covers book.

In regards to a previous post I made about not making habits, I must admit I do have one. I spend too much time online when at home, reading and absorbing mostly useless information instead of being productive. This is a habit I am intent on breaking myself of. I hope to spend more of my time online now in a productive manner – blogging or writing email – and less time online in general when at home. This means more time cleaning, cooking, and creating (hopefully).

In that regard, tonight is the night to break out the notebooks and finish some lyrics.

To write, but of what…

5 December 2008 | Godlessness | 1 Comment

I haven’t written in a long time, that much is obvious. Why I haven’t written is probably due to my attention span for creating things (not all that long, I assure you) as well as my habit-making abilities, of which I have none. Whether good or bad, I can’t seem to make a habit of anything. Well, that’s not entirely true – I do seem to have a habit of wasting time on the internet. I have trouble viewing that as a habit, though, as I don’t feel I’m actively ‘doing’ something.

I’ve been reading “50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God” lately. It’s a great book, and a fascinating read in regards to the logical, anthropological and sociological viewpoints in it. Like most of the atheist-oriented books I’ve read, however, it doesn’t bring anything new to me. I suppose I am an atheist because I’ve already come to all of the conclusions the myriad books on atheism assert. It’s probably time I start picking up copies of religious scripture and reading them to become familiar with what’s in them, should I ever be asked why I don’t believe in such-and-such. I tried to get through the bible, though, and it was a painfully boring experience. Not to mention the language in it is wretched – it’s very obvious to me it was penned by more primitive minds.
What should I pick up next? The Koran? There are plenty of copies at any Borders. The Book of Mormon? Eh. I believe you can only by that from the LDS church. For the same reason, I won’t be reading any Scientologist texts.

That’s about all I have the attention to write of today. If I manage to make a better habit of this, hopefully it shall come easier.

Color laser.

18 April 2008 | Art, Life | No Comments

I picked up a Xerox Phaser 6100 color laser printer at The Brown Elephant thrift shop today, for $25.

Quite a steal. It looks to maybe need a new yellow toner cartridge, but all else is fine. Black toner has barely been used, as well.

Time to get some high quality color laser paper and print up some art.

Chuck D is online, free.

18 April 2008 | Life | No Comments

And by Chuck D, I mean Charles Darwin. His complete writings are available free at Darwin Online.

Oh, and this comic I got a good chuckle out of.

Light pole advertisement.

14 April 2008 | Godlessness | No Comments

On the Northwest corner of North & Sheffield, right in front of the Bank of America ATM, someone has pasted a sticker to the traffic light post. It says “The Bible, taken literally, is a horror.” It has the website awaywithallgods.com on it. It’s apparently a book written by an atheist communist. There are excerpts on the website and it seems pretty interesting, something I may want to check out. The excerpt I read seemed to be quite smart, good ideas, but not all that excellently written, leading me to believe it may be a small-press or self-published book. Sadly, I’ve never had luck with self-published books – I pick up some free promo ones I find here and there (always fiction, though), and they always disappoint me greatly with the immense mediocrity of the writing. Lets hope the same is not the case with this one.

50 most loathsome people 2007.

9 April 2008 | Politics | No Comments

Number 9 is a fun one:

9. You

Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling to every scrap of bullshit you can find to support your ludicrous belief system, and reject all empirical evidence to the contrary. You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism — it’s nationalism when foreigners do it. You hate anyone who seems smarter than you. You care more about zygotes than actual people. You love to blame people for their misfortunes, even if it means screwing yourself over. You still think Republicans favor limited government. Your knowledge of politics and government are dwarfed by your concern for Britney Spears’ children. You think buying Chinese goods stimulates our economy. You think you’re going to get universal health care. You tolerate the phrase “enhanced interrogation techniques.” You think the government is actually trying to improve education. You think watching CNN makes you smarter. You think two parties is enough. You can’t spell. You think $9 trillion in debt is manageable. You believe in an afterlife for the sole reason that you don’t want to die. You think lowering taxes raises revenue. You think the economy’s doing well. You’re an idiot.

Exhibit A: You couldn’t get enough Anna Nicole Smith coverage.

Sentence: A gradual decline into abject poverty as you continue to vote against your own self-interest. Death by an easily treated disorder that your health insurance doesn’t cover. You deserve it, chump.

From The BEAST

Reading that book.

6 April 2008 | Godlessness | No Comments

After finishing The God Delusion and The Quotable Atheist, I’ve decided to give the Christian bible a read through. Not because I think it will change my mind in any way, but just to see the nonsense and contradiction firsthand.
Just over halfway into Genesis and I can tell that it is a poorly written narrative. Being the King James the verse itself is fascinating, but the overall structure of it is obviously written by the minds of men thousands of years ago. It rambles on about things that have no bearing on the central ideas (this man begat these men who begat these men, yadda yadda). Covenants with certain characters are repeated within short spans of text apparently as a result of an uneducated mind or a culture with little or not literary history. God in Genesis seems to be a personality of the type you’d find in ancient times – inexperienced, testy, playing games with men, possessed of no knowledge except that of his own making (“Things are this way because I said so, so there”). It is, overall, not a very interesting read. What interests me most is the idea that anyone would find any of this cause enough for belief in anything. Why?
I would say simply because they are desperate for something to give their life meaning, and are likely intellectually incapable of handling the reality of the world.

This woman is not my rep.

4 April 2008 | Politics | No Comments

IL state rep Monique Davis was involved in a heated exchange with Rob Sherman (outspoken atheist) in the IL General Assembly (Sherman was testifying in regards to a grant the governor awarded to a church via a school). She said:

This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God, where people believe in protecting their children.… What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous, it’s dangerous– It’s dangerous to the progression of this state. And it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!

Read the rest of it at Eric Zorn’s Blog on the Chicago Tribune website.