A Variety of Topics
I have been wanting to mention a few things for a while but due to the sheer volume of life combined with apathy, I simply haven’t gotten around to it yet. Alas, procrastination is an art that one can only practice so far. Eventually we must step forth. Arggg!
First on the agenda is a few new comics and a video on my son’s Skepticomic page. He comes and goes with pet projects. He’ll be off making movies or writing scripts for plays and not draw comics for a couple of months and then suddenly crank a few out in a day. These are not much science or skeptically based, but they are firmly rooted in a twelve-year-old-boy’s view of life. If any of you don’t know what that is, it may be quite a shock so I apologize in advance. The movie is embedded here from YouTube and I’m sure he would appreciate a few comments. If you hit the Youtube icon in the corner of the video, it will go to a bigger version there and you’ll be able to leave a comment. Make his day.
The second thing I wanted to talk about were some of my new favorite sites on the net. Several readers will recognize them, especially as they are the authors. Sometimes excellent sites just get overlooked for a while. These are good, interesting and funny sites deserving of mention here and elsewhere. Most importantly, they offer a view of life that I find new and refreshing not only from different walks of life but often from different continents altogether.
First is the Dixie Flatline. Now any reader of this site will be familiar with the site’s author, Daz, a frequent commenter here. Daz offers a dollop of English sensibilities, albeit radical ones, mixed with a healthy dose of humor, science and science fiction. Like his comments here, his writings there are pithy, pointed and often stabbingly funny. He has a way of turning a phrase into comic perfection. He also has a nose for finding stuff on the net that are brilliantly funny. In addition, I have ever seen anyone else except myself combine their view of a skeptically based world and the reading of SciFi. If any of you out there think the science fiction is a useless pastime, Daz and I would disagree, strongly. It was my first look at an atheistic mindset. It opened doors that have never shut. Daz’s site is worth checking out.
It’s funny how the commenters on this site have started to become more like a family than a group of widely separated individuals. I have begun to care deeply about what they think and how they are doing. They are the non-nuclear family I wish I’d had growing up. And I say this with little idea of who they are and what they look like outside of their writings. Daz is hilarious and his heart is in the right place as is Amy, the Yokohamamama. Amy’s writings here are often crystal clear and enlightening. She has an ability to say things with a clarity I truly envy. Daz and I’ll be arguing with a theist and Amy will politely but firmly give her opinion in a way that makes me think, “Damn it! Why didn’t I say that!” Or more accurately, “Why didn’t I say it like that!” While I’m trying to sort out the metaphoric thumbs of my mind she slices through to the core.
Amy’s site is a view of American mother living in Japan. Her posts are cute, insightful and well-written, ranging anywhere from Manglish, mangled Japanese to English translations, to life in Yokohama and the beauty of the world around her. She makes the mundane beautiful. BTW, she is also the author of the Book review Doubt: a History on this very site.
Truly, Amy and Daz are Gems, the kind of people you wish were around you constantly. They have and, hopefully, will continue to broaden and enlighten me, make me more of a Blessed Atheist. Someday, we will have to meet in person. A few beers and the hours of joyful conversation would be wonderful. Someday. Right after I win the lottery… that’d be some indefinite time after I bought my first ticket. Back to that bank robbery thing…
Lastly is Textuality by Larry Tanner. Mr. Tanner is a brilliant writer covering life from a Jewish/Atheistic point, again another viewpoint I am unfamiliar with. He is a refreshing blast and his post deserve more attention. The blog’s topics range mightily over fields stretching from science to poetry and nearly everything in between. I suggest you read several posts together to get a true taste of the literary flavor there because, like myself, Mr. Tanner’s topics often cover several posts and can get quite involved. I love how one will be an atheist finding the meaning of life and next will be on Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” Eclectically perfect.