steamers, swedish fish, wood, doro dango, vacuums.
These are a few of the things that have been my only entertainment for the past couple of days.
Is that just depressing as hell or what?
I'm cramming in info from the past couple of days instead of my usually daily chunk, so I apologize.
Yesterday: Did the whole Christmas Eve service with the family. Not really my choice, but at least we did something together. It was...different...especially for an Episcopal church. Given it's name was the Episcopal Church of the Ressurection, I guess you have to be a little more imaginative. Sadly, I took of the body and blood of baby jesus. I tried not to, but that wine was fiercely strong and forced me to swallow it all down. Very grape-y, yes, but unbelievably strong.
Today: Christmas morn'. Argyle socks (very happy about those), a hat with LED lights for night riding, a beautiful pocket knife (though Kelly's is much much more cherished and wanted), a diploma frame, some shirts, and cookware stuffs. In all, it's a pretty decent haul and dinner wasn't bad either. Nice big ham on the grill, collard greens, sweet potato casserole, and lots of corn-bread.
After about two or so hours of hunting, I finally tracked down the Christmas special of Doctor Who. My god, it was fantastic. It was on par with all the other episodes. However, there was no transition of Doctor(s). No regeneration. It was a really simple and very sweet story, nonetheless. I'm still terribly sad that David Tennant is leaving his role as the Doctor, because I don't think any man can do better. He is THE BEST Doctor the series has ever had, and it will be very unfortunate to see him go. The remaining four or so Specials that will run through 2009 will be very much cherished, and I will steal all of them as they come.
Ta' for now.
It's an interesting list of things. I've done more of them than I first thought.
- Participated in the Blasphemy Challenge.
- Met at least one of the “Four Horsemen” (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris) in person.
- Created an atheist blog.
- Used the Flying Spaghetti Monster in a religious debate with someone.
- Gotten offended when someone called you an agnostic.
- Been unable to watch Growing Pains reruns because of Kirk Cameron.
- Own more Bibles than most Christians you know.
- Have at least one Bible with your personal annotations regarding contradictions, disturbing parts, etc.
- Have come out as an atheist to your family.
- Attended a campus or off-campus atheist gathering.
- Are a member of an organized atheist/Humanist/etc. organization.
- Had a Humanist wedding ceremony.
- Donated money to an atheist organization.
- Have a bookshelf dedicated solely to Richard Dawkins.
- Lost the friendship of someone you know because of your non-theism.
- Tried to argue or have a discussion with someone who stopped you on the street to proselytize.
- Hid your atheist beliefs on a first date because you didn’t want to scare him/her away.
- Own a stockpile of atheist paraphernalia (bumper stickers, buttons, shirts, etc).
- Attended a protest that involved religion.
- Attended an atheist conference.
- Subscribe to Pat Condell’s YouTube channel.
- Started an atheist group in your area or school.
- Successfully “de-converted” someone to atheism.
- Have already made plans to donate your body to science after you die.
- Told someone you’re an atheist only because you wanted to see the person’s reaction.
- Had to think twice before screaming “Oh God!” during sex. Or you said something else in its place.
- Lost a job because of your atheism.
- Formed a bond with someone specifically because of your mutual atheism (meeting this person at a local gathering or conference doesn’t count).
- Have crossed “In God We Trust” off of — or put a pro-church-state-separation stamp on — dollar bills.
- Refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Said “Gesundheit!” (or nothing at all) after someone sneezed because you didn’t want to say “Bless you!”
- I've actually said that since I was in primary school, when I first learned it. Nowadays it's b/c of the religious connotation.
- Have ever chosen not to clasp your hands together out of fear someone might think you’re praying.
- Have turned on Christian TV because you need something entertaining to watch.
- Are a 2nd or 3rd (or more) generation atheist.
- Have “atheism” listed on your Facebook or dating profile — and not a euphemistic variant.
- Attended an atheist’s funeral (i.e. a non-religious service).
- Subscribe to an freethought magazine (e.g. Free Inquiry, Skeptic)
- Have been interviewed by a reporter because of your atheism.
- Written a letter-to-the-editor about an issue related to your non-belief in God.
- Gave a friend or acquaintance a New Atheist book as a gift.
- Wear pro-atheist clothing in public.
- Have invited Mormons/Jehovah’s Witnesses into your house specifically because you wanted to argue with them.
- Have been physically threatened (or beaten up) because you didn’t believe in God.
- Receive Google Alerts on “atheism” (or variants).
- Received fewer Christmas presents than expected because people assumed you didn’t celebrate it.
- Visited The Creation Museum or saw Ben Stein’s Expelled just so you could keep tabs on the “enemy.”
- I saw "Expelled" and was appalled. Saw "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" that same night (for free), so it wasn't too bad overall. I do plan on going to that museum soon, however.
- Refuse to tell anyone what your “sign” is… because it doesn’t matter at all.
- Are on a mailing list for a Christian organization just so you can see what they’re up to…
- Have kept your eyes open while you watched others around you pray.
- Avoid even Unitarian churches because they’re too close to religion for you.
Society has yet to exist without religion, because societies have yet to live long enough to move into that point. Society cannot exist without communion. Communion does not have to be based on religion, however. So, does this mean that society can exist without religion?
"Fidel Castro's nearly five decades of rule ended Sunday when Cuba's National Assembly chose his younger brother Raul to be the country's new president.
The lawmakers' selection, which had been widely expected, came five days after Fidel Castro, 81, announced his resignation in a letter published in the state-run newspaper Granma.In his address to the National Assembly, the 76-year-old Raul Castro proposed that "we consult Fidel" on important decisions. The 614 members of the legislative body passed that motion unanimously."
The rest can be read here.