When I realized Neil Gaiman was in the seat next to me, I asked him to sign my book. He did, but something tells me it wasn’t a book he wrote; it was Neverwhere-sized, the pages said Coraline, and the cover said something completely different. After we landed, I didn’t have a ride home, so he drove me to my house and offered to buy my family pizza. He had some apple slices in his car, but I didn’t eat them because I figured they were his apple slices. His car looked like Ryan Stiles’ car. Or at least the car Ryan Stiles used to pick up Colin Mochrie at the Seattle Airport.
I couldn’t go inside the house because there was a crime scene investigation going on in there. Supposedly, my dad was helping out the forensics folks. Someone was carrying out Terminator 2-style executions on my front porch. All the condemned people looked like homeless, teenage, vampiric meth addicts.
“Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, “atheism” is a term that should not even exist. No one needs to identify himself as a “non-astrologer” or a “non-alchemist.” We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.”—Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation (via concentratedmadness)
It’s like having a convention for people who don’t own teapots.
You can’t group them all together. Some people don’t have teapots because they dislike tea. Some find teapots cumbersome, preferring to use individual mugs with teabags for their simplicity and efficiency. Some…
People getting together discussing what they think could be improved in the world. I see nothing wrong with that.
We’re not talking about tea-pots here are we? Atheists push to obtain secularist schooling, education, celebrations, organisations, charities etc. They just want to see a change.
Which is why I used the teapot comparison. We might as well be talking about teapots.
When we start throwing around words like “atheist,” “theist,” or even ”creationist,” “evolutionist,” ”freethinker,” or whatever else is vaguely-but-not-really related, we start making assumptions. Some atheists believe themselves more scientific or intelligent and some theists believe themselves kinder and more moralistic. The teapot analogy is meant to remove these preconceived notions.
An atheist is not necessarily someone with specific viewpoints on anything. An atheist is simply someone who lacks belief in a god or gods. He/she doesn’t necessarily reject or even know about gods. Frankly, in this respect, an atheist is very much like someone who does not have a teapot.
The atheist convention you describe has nothing at all to do with atheism, but it is about secularizing public services and organization. I know plenty of theists who would love to join the discussion and plenty of atheists who simply don’t care about the world, their lives, or how schools are managed. Heck, one of my polytheistic friends refuses to say the Pledge of Allegience due to the 1954 inclusion of the words, “under God”, while some of my atheist friends do little more than mock Christianity (and only Christianity, for some obscure reason).
Anyway, my point was that one cannot put a number of atheists into a room and expect them to have any common ground. An atheist may be an Evolutionist and/or Secularist, but a theist can also be a part of those groups. Atheists aren’t a group so much as they are people without a religion-based group.
Between Ke$ha’s “fun fact” (“Did you know that narwhals are real?”) and the comparison of narwhals to chupacabras, I think it’s safe to say that a good number of people don’t think they’re an actual, documented, and studied species. And they’ve appeared in National Geographic.
Platypuses (or platypodes) are also real animals, if there was ever any question about that. As are echidnas, okapis, and axolotls.
oh my god, you saw ryan stiles picking colin mochrie up from the airport? you're so lucky! was there anything else you didn't mention that happened? :)
Haha, that’s really all that happened. Sorry it’s not a terribly interesting story. I’d like to say Drew Carrey climbed out of the car and they all performed a Bollywood dance number, but that would be quite a lie. An entertaining lie, but a lie nonetheless.
Yea, it's hard to tell which orca is whom.
If we were able to see more of the saddle patch it would be easier. Granny is difficult to name aswell, because you are unable to see the notch on her dorsal fin and if you look closely at Granny's dorsal with the one in the picture, the top of it is slightly more bent where as Granny's is a straight edged. If you think its J pod, I'm going to assume the one in the front is J 22. I'm leaning more towards L pod though, because none of the male dorsal's have that bend. L92 or L87 for the male, and female L53 or L5.
Looking at some of my other photos, I think you’re right about the female. That’s almost definitely J22.
Methinks the male could be J34; he has an itty-bitty notch on the back of his dorsal fin:
And his saddle is fairly similar to J22, so it would make sense that she is his mother.
At least, that’s my best guess. Maybe I should just stick to wolves XD
Thanks for all the information, input, and links! It’s been really helpful! :)
It sounded pretty normal until she bit Dr. Fteeml from the planet Hoova, thinking his face-tentacle was a chew toy, and the park staff offered all of the intergalactic travelers unicorn rides as compensation.
Then it goes into a story about Dharma catching a duck.
Seriously. It zipped through the 8 gig card with tons of windows open and absolutely no problems once it got started, but it’s going very slowly on the 4 gig. I now have a total of two windows open, the transfer program and two internet tabs, yet it’s still agonizingly slow.
I have another 8 gig card to transfer after this, and I dare not open Photoshop until the transfer is finished.
I’ve never seen so many critters in one week: three zoos, 35-40 wild sea otters, San Francisco’s wild parrots, 30 or so humpback and blue whales, 4 bald eagles, an osprey, tons of harbor seals, a banana slug, sea lions, sea lions, sea lions, and maybe 15 orca. Plus two guys from the American version of Whose Line is it Anyway?
Photos will come once I get all 16 gigs of them transferred and do some post-processing :)