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Anti-Gay Russia and the 2014 Winter Olympics

People of good conscience are boycotting Russian vodka, as well as other Russian exports, as a way of protesting Russia’s new irrational, anti-gay (anti-human!) laws. My guess is that that’s a fairly reasonable way to express one’s opposition, although I haven’t examined it very closely – I could be mistaken.

People are also talking about boycotting the 2014 Sochi Olympics, urging their countries not to send athlete to the games. At first, I thought that was a great idea. Then, I remembered Jesse Owens.

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The nest at Lake Kathlyn

Today I stopped to take photos of what I’d always assumed was an eagle’s nest on top of a utility pole near the shore of Lake Kathlyn, by Highway 16 a little way west of Smithers, BC. I was fortunate enough to catch it with a bird in it and, whaddaya know, that’s not what eagles look like, neither adults nor young. That’s an osprey!

(Photos below)

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Overthrow the US government with bombs

A friend of mine sent this to me today, just in case of the unlikely event that he and I aren’t already on some kind of watch list.  I suppose that if it’s shared often enough, the key words in it will cease to be useful to the NSA and other so-called “security” organizations:

Hey! How’s it going? I’m all right.

My job is so shitty I wish I could overthrow my boss. It’s like this oppressive regime where only true believers in his management techniques will stay around. I work marathon-length hours and he’s made all these changes that have made it the worst architecture firm to work at in Manhattan. Like he moved the office to the Financial District and fired my assistant. She was the only one who knew where the blueprints were! I need access to those blueprints to complete my job! F my life, right? And he keeps trying to start all these new initiatives to boost revenue, but seriously we just need to stick to what we do best. There’s only one true profit center. I seriously feel ready to go on strike at any second.

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Islamophobia

Some folks get pretty upset when it appears to them that atheists are picking on Islam.  Certain atheist authors* (and those who agree with them) are accused of “Islamophobia” and even racism (guess what: Islam is not a race).  Well, isn’t it just possible that there are good reasons for secularists to severely criticize Islam?  A phobia is an irrational fear.  Is it really irrational to see Islam as a threat?  I don’t think so.

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Science and Mystery, Part 01

Science - mystery

Scientific mysteries are the best kind. They provide two kinds of excitement: the fun of discovering solutions and the promise of new mysteries posed by those same solutions. Religion, on the other hand, offers us self-contradictory nonsense. We’re supposed to respond by saying, “Oh, that’s so deep!” It’s not deep. It’s just self-contradictory nonsense.

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Forty-five years ago and a thousand kilometres away

What a strange sensation.  It’s a bit before ten in the evening and I’m taking our dog out for a walk around the block.  It’s March 20, the first day of spring and there’s about an inch of new snow on the ground.  Street lights, a degree or two above freezing, the night is quiet.

Suddenly, I’m struck that it feels like I think it felt when I was a kid growing up in the Fraser Valley when it would snow a few days before Christmas and I’d wonder whether this little bit of fluff could hang on until the twenty-fifth – or would we have yet another green Christmas?

But I don’t want the snow to stay.  I’m eager for spring.  The feeling was the same tonight as it was then, though.  [shrug]  The night, the light, and the weather interact with our memories in funny ways, sometimes.

For a minute, I was a kid in Chilliwack again but I’m back now.  I’ll remember how that felt but I’m back.  Bring on the Hazelton spring.  I’m ready.

My drama with Axe Music

Can Axe Music regain my trust?  We’ll see.

On about November 19, I placed an order with them for some stuff I was planning to use for my band‘s New Year’s Eve gig.  I kept checking my mail but the stuff didn’t arrive.  Eventually, I went back to the online store to see if I could figure what was going on.  I found the order and saw that the status of the order was still shown as “Processing”.  What the hell?!

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