Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Get Them While They're Young

Religion is unapologetic in its targeting of children, seeking to capture the minds of our youngest and most impressionable and mold them into their own theological cookie cutters. Seth Andrews video of the same name addresses this issue briefly. In this show, we explore many of the tactics used by Christianity and other religions to attract children, to indoctrinate them and to brand them with specific worldviews. We also speak with Edwin Kagin, National Legal Director for American Atheists and founder of Camp Quest, a secular camp that provides a superstition-free alternative for kids and their parents.

The Thinking Atheist

Sophia Investigates the Good News Club

Camp Quest

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

TPInfo Update

I've updated the TPInfo object on the MUX, and for our players' convenience I'm copying the information here.

#14: Activist Rescue
Contact: Typhoon
Added: Tue Apr 02 2013
Info: Western Asian activist Anwar Assan is being held in Trucial Abysmia prior to execution. Prince Jumal, friend of the Autobots, has asked their help in his release. The Joes, who have some experience in TA brutality, agreed to help as well, especially since Cobra Commander is rumored to be in TA and capturing him would be a nice bonus. Joe intelligence suggests Assan is being held in one of two locations, and his wife is in house arrest in another. Jetfire wishes the Bots' involvement to be kept absolutely quiet (robots in disguise!) to keep from causing an international incident.
Next Scene: Any night Spike is available we can run a rescue operation. Cobra is assisting TA security. Let us know when the best time is to get the most people on and we'll schedule a date ASAP.

#15: Nuclear Harvest
Contact: Typhoon
Added: Tue Apr 02 2013
Info: With the Decepticons' energy reserves in Polyhex destroyed, they need a new way to supplement raids, and fast. Scrapper has worked out plans to build a super-reactor on Cybertron, but he needs energy, equipment, and fissionable materials. To that end, Decepticons are staging raids on nuclear power plants. The Autobots must stop them, not only to keep the Decepticons from getting a new source of energy, but also to keep them from causing an accidental nuclear meltdown.
Next Scene: Any night we can get a couple of Autobots and Decepticons to rub together. There are a few nuclear plans already on the grid, and others can be created on the fly. Anyone can join in on the fun.

#16: Over Hills and Dael
Contact: Typhoon
Added: Tue Apr 02 2013
Info: Syrian rebels have captured the small town of Dael, which is sits on a strategically important north-south highway that connects Damascus to Dara'a. It's a big win in a long war, and a loss of that area is a serious setback for government forces. Desperate, the Syrian government has called in reinforcements: Cobra! G.I. Joe is in position to secretly help the rebels, however, to keep the town from falling into Cobra hands.
Next Scene: Any night there are Joes and Cobras on - it can be one night or ongoing.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The First Portrait Photograph Ever Made

On a sunny day in October, Robert Cornelius set up his camera in the back of his father’s gas lamp-importing business on Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia. After removing the lens cap, he sprinted into the frame, where he sat for more than a minute before covering up the lens. The picture he produced that day was the first photographic self-portrait. It is also widely considered the first successful photographic portrait of a human being. [...] the words written on the back of the self-portrait, in Cornelius’ own hand, said it all: “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.” The photo is now a part of the Library of Congress’ Daguerreotype collection.

Friday, November 23, 2012


Ew. Carol season has officially begun. Time to avoid public places and hunker down until Christmas.