Monthly Archives: March 2007

Love Your Family

Louis Theroux ventures where most of us would be afraid to go. Say hello to the Phelps.

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A Nasty Piece Of Work

Yes, I know that I claim that my blog is supposed to be a "religious-free zone". But, you have to admit it is difficult when Ratzinger comes out with stuff like this. I can but echo Ophelia – he is … Continue reading

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Damning Evidence

If this is a data point, I would have to say that Americans have lost their capability to think. Please say it isn’t so.

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Worthy of Tufte

There’s a new version of the mammalian family tree that’s just been published, as a result of taking earlier studies and producing a "supertree" from them. Pharyngula has the details, and there’s a most interesting discussion developing in the comments … Continue reading

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A Trifle OTT?

A trifle over the top, was my reaction to the news that a Swiss man living in Thailand has been jailed for 10 years for insulting the country’s king. But it could have been worse – the judge wanted to impose … Continue reading

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Sauce For The Goose…

…Is not always sauce for the gander. I think Ronan Bennett makes a very good point in his article in The Guardian today.

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The New Pope – The Starwars Version

I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s just been referred to over on the New Humanists’ Blog, so I thought that was excuse enough to put it up again.       It’s by Adam Buxton, and … Continue reading

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Yet Another Debate

It’s just like waiting for the proverbial London bus – you stand around for ages and ages, and then three of them come along at once. Here’s another debate about religion… This time between Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and AC Grayling … Continue reading

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The God of Eth

Stephen Law has another excellent post over at his eponymous blog to get you thinking about the nature of god. It’s always seemed "patently obvious" to me that if such a being exists (I’m a six on the Dawkins scale), … Continue reading

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A Must-See Film?

J. Carter Wood, over at Obscene Desserts, draws our attention to the oft-overlooked art of typography. It’s always seemed strange to me that something so ubiquitous can also be something so unnoticed – its effects being wrought often at almost … Continue reading

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With Friends Like These…

…Who needs enemies? That Mo, eh? What a card he is! Another brilliant episode in the ongoing story of religious folk.

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The Perfect Man For The Job

The director of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization has clearly the perfect name… He must be the right man for the job.

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Cheddarvision

As a restful alternative to the shenanigans of The Apprentice, you might want to try Cheddarvision…

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They’re Baaack!

Another bunch of 16 people whom I definitely wouldn’t want to bump into at parties has hit the screen tonight. Yes, the third series of The Apprentice has begun in all its tacky, toecurling glory. Apparently, all the candidates have … Continue reading

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Another Debate

This time it’s Dawkins and McGrath. I haven’t heard it yet – just downloading it now. I’m curious to hear whether McGrath comes up with anything better than hand-waving this time around.   Update: Nope – he didn’t. He’s a … Continue reading

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The World’s Biggest Sundial

The Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society draws our attention to the world’s biggest sundial – with a gnomon that is 155 metres (510 feet) high. 

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Clippy Reincarnated?

Some of you will probably remember Clippy – that obnoxious anthropomorphised cartoon paperclip that came with earlier versions of Microsoft Office. Thankfully, it has now been laid to rest in the latest version of Office. But don’t breathe too easily … Continue reading

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Life Imitates Art – Part II

Sometimes I think my head will explode. It’s likely to be triggered by an overdose of incongruity. Such as this: the video of Nigerian email scammers acting out the Monty Python "Dead Parrot" sketch in the mistaken belief that this will earn … Continue reading

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Life Imitates Art

In a fine piece over at Ballardian, Simon Sellars muses on the parallels between a film made in 1974, modern suburbia in Australia, and the uncanny prescience of J. G. Ballard in describing it all. Worth reading.

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Peanut Butter and Evolution

I’m currently under the weather with ‘flu. So I’m not feeling particularly wonderful at the moment. A feeling that was not helped one jot or tittle by this pile of bollocks.       There’s more where that came from … Continue reading

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