You couldn't be here if stars hadn't exploded.
To the question, “Why me?” the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply, “Why not?”
Atheist: Natural Morals, Real Meaning, Credible Truth

30 January, 2009

Global Warming Primer

20 January, 2009

Inaguration prayers

Yay! Bush is gone! The fear of marshal law being imposed is gone! No more Cheney screwing with our rights!

On the other hand... what is with all this praying? Prayer services the day before. Prayer service before going to the Capitol. Prayers before, during and after the swearing in. Praying the next day, first thing. Enough with the praying!

I expect Obama to do his job without any trust in god. He should not have said "so help me god", he should expect no help from a fairy tale.

I sure hope this is just show for the Right, to keep them at bay initially. I thought the yammering about the second swearing in at the White House to fix Justice Robert's flub without a bible was entertaining, I hope it was a sign that it wasn't really important to him.

All this praying soiled the whole day for me. I was glad Bush departed the White House. Obama's first day was wasted with all that praying.

19 January, 2009


Venus tonight.
Not great... just had to try.
Cannon Rebel XTi on 1540mm f12.1 Maksutov-Cassiegrain telescope
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18 January, 2009

Flying 44D in the afternoon - 2

Flying out by Hollister and along the coast.
Found I can't hold the camera level with my right hand.
Post flight battery recharging using my car, inverter, and battery charger.
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17 January, 2009

You see, I can live with doubt,...

"'You see, I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing, than to have answers that might be wrong. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure about anything, and many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask, 'why are we here?'... But I don't have to have an answer; I don't feel frightened by not knowing things.'

- Richard Feynman"

11 January, 2009

Nice Day.

Went for a quick flight.
Was quite pleasant.
Kind of day where you're glad to not be at anyone's immediate call.
Or of some deity.
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03 January, 2009

Books - Four Stakes in the Heart of Intelligent Design -

"Next month is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, who by an odd quirk of history was born on the same day as Abraham Lincoln, and to commemorate the occasion there are almost as many Darwin books jamming the conveyor belt as there are new books about Abe. These recent additions to the already vast Darwin literature include biographies, encyclopedias, defenses of evolution and reconsiderations of “The Origin of Species,” which came out 150 years ago, another milestone worth remarking.

But in this country at least, Darwin is not nearly as beloved as Lincoln, and in the struggle for bookstore supremacy he will most likely fall short. Polls repeatedly suggest that at least half of all Americans regard as fundamentally erroneous Darwin’s conclusion that human beings are descended from earlier species, and Kenneth R. Miller in his new book “Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul” points out that among industrialized nations we rank next to last, above only Turkey, in our acceptance of evolution and its principles."