My computer is still down (new motherboard should arrive Wednesday, and hopefully everything else will work). So, I can't really blog on my phone. I mean, technically I can, but that's like asking someone to sit through Ben Stein reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. So right now, I'm at my folks' (that's "parents" for you people not from the South) house for our usual Sunday dinner, and I'm stealing a bit of time on their iMac, which is about as far removed from my uber-awesome gaming PC as you can get.
Anyway, there's lots I want to blog about once I can do so with some consistency, but for now I just want to share some stuff I've been reading and watching.
1. TED Talks. Here's the deal. I like to have something on in the background while I practice guitar - movies, shows on Hulu, etc. Since my computer is down, all I have is Youtube. Ugh. So I've been watching lots of TED Talks. And let me tell you, I have watched (well, listened to, since I'm usually looking at my guitar) some really, really, reallyreally fascinating talks on all kinds of diverse topics, from education to orgasms. So, here's the link to the Youtube channel. You're welcome.
2. In case you didn't know, Christopher Hitchens has esophageal cancer. Here's the extended version of his recent interview with Anderson Cooper, and his editorial about it in Vanity Fair.
3. Jen McCreight (Blag Hag) and Hemant Mehta (The Friendly Atheist) went covert-style to a big Focus on the Family event, and wrote some entertaining and insightful commentary about their experience. Here's the link to his write-up, and the link to her write-up.
4. Jerry Coyne has written a rebuttal to some douchey philosopher type, and it's a great read. It's a bit long-winded, and I have no idea who the philosopher guy is, but I like the post because he concisely summarizes a lot of the reasons why faith is stupid.
5. I have to give my friend Harry a shout-out. See, here's the thing. Six months ago, this guy was a devout Christian. And I mean the really annoying type too, who rambled on about Jesus all the time, denied evolution, and was a terrible writer. Well, now he's an atheist, and he's got his own blog. He's probably read more books in the last few months than I've read in the last few years, and he's morphed into a lucid thinker and a great writer. I really enjoy reading his blog, and I highly recommend you check it out.
6. On a note totally unrelated to skepticism, I've got a new blog where I'm writing poetry. Forsooth!