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I've had a long and adventurous life that has incorporated many different things. I have been an avid amateur astronomer since 1947. a brief time I was a performing folksinger/musician. I have had three careers. A creative writer, a naval architect, and an applied physicist (sort of a highly technical paper mechanic. Fluid Dynamics/Ship Sciences). I've had the opportunity visit 35 countries as a result of work and sailing. I have been a happy atheist/evidentialist/rationalist 60 years as of this writing.

I currently spend my time as an author of Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, and any other genre that walks in the door from time time. I am also a freelance editor.

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I realize that this is out of tune with this page but I need a little assistance. Can anyone ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 18, 2018:
That's a 1947 Chrysler Windsor Club Coupe. I owned a 1947 Business Coupe that had a trunk large enough to set up housekeeping.
It's a rainy day here in western Massachusetts. My favorite thing to eat on a rainy day is pea ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 18, 2018:
Inadequate bandwidth for the list.
Got another rejection! Whoo hoo!! ?
evidentialist comments on Sep 17, 2018:
Look at it as points earned. I started in this nonsense (business) in 1956 and my collection of rejection slips and nasty letters from acquisitions eds far exceeds my acceptance notes. They are what holds down my house here at the beginning of tornado alley. Without them I'd probably be living in Oklahoma or farther east.
Did (a) god create humans
evidentialist comments on Sep 17, 2018:
Interesting numbers. It has been suggested that the same is beginning here in the US. We can but hope.
Hello all, Hello all, I enjoy thoughtful conversation, but I also like to laugh—mostly at ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 17, 2018:
Being joined at the hip makes it rather difficult, I imagine. I mean, all that twisting to type and all. You live in the sort of environment I was raised in -- small farm on the western slopes of the Cascades in Oregon. Wonderful place to grow during childhood and a marvelous place in which the spend the twilight years. A little far south for my liking, but still nice. Thanks for making yourself known to us.
Does a bad day give you the right to be un-pleasant?
evidentialist comments on Sep 16, 2018:
No.
Competition: healthy or not?
evidentialist comments on Sep 16, 2018:
Yep, there is a lot of padding going on. Posts about nothing, not even aimed at creating any controversy. Dumb posts. Lots of stuff. I don't pay any attention other than to ask occasionally what someone means or consider why in hell they even bothered. People are people and any site represents a microcosm of our civilization. I think we're fortunate here in that, because of the site's nature, we are spared a certain amount of what is aggravating elsewhere.
What do you do when you're blue?
evidentialist comments on Sep 15, 2018:
What do I do when I'm blue? That's a no brainer if ever there was one. I make an appointment with my dermatologist right away.
What happens to your spirt / mind when you die? Are you reincarnated? Do you go into another ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 15, 2018:
Current evidence, as incomplete as it is, heavily favors the rotting scenario. As for the mind/consciousness part, based on what evidence is available, it appears that ceases on brain death. Can anyone say one way or the other? No, because it is something unknowable, but by extension of all we do know being applied to the problem it is probably safe to say the 'you' in the mix probably is gone. Your physical elements will be recycled into the environment, but the things that went on in the brain that made a human being a person, its sentience, is gone.
Here is one Trolling technique to look out for. Sea-Lioning is an Internet slang term referring...
evidentialist comments on Sep 14, 2018:
Sometimes it is necessary to get to the point. Odd that it's not considered trolling when submitting papers for peer review. I wonder why it's not considered equally reasonable in other areas? What support do you have for this argument? Please, cite your sources.
What is an item you've inherited that you most treasure?
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
A 'Can Do' personality that my mother gave me. It is and has been valuable.
Are you very concerned what happens to your body after death?
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
Not in the least.
I think it would be cool to join a lodge or the Masons or something, but they all require a belief ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
Moose and Elk do not have any religious requirements. I am not a joiner and have no need for that kind of camaraderie, but I don't see anything wrong with it, either. Here's an article from the NYT you might find interesting. https://www.nytimes.com/1999/08/29/nyregion/moose-and-elk-endangered-species.html
Boy Scouts?
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
I hear there are secular groups here and there. You might inquire. On the other hand, I was in the Boy Scouts and it didn't destroy my life. Learned a lot, wasn't converted, and had a helluva good time.
The Real Problem I Love this site and the clarity of thinking exhibited, even love chasing down the...
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
I think you are correct when it comes to the majority, but there are those of us who are quite comfortable not belonging to anything. I have a feeling, and it is just a feeling, that the percentage of us who have no need to belong may be growing. We shall see.
General article I recently read an article downplaying the importance of being concerned about ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 12, 2018:
Only a couple have so far come close to the actual meaning of the article. No, I'm not going to explain quite yet.
What happens after a human being dies? To me, this is one of the easiest questions about life and...
evidentialist comments on Sep 12, 2018:
What? You mean ... I'm going to die? Oh, crap. And I had such great plans.
Please guys, if non-fiction psychology writing is your thing.... please consider sharing your ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Question: Can narcissistic abuse exist where there is no narcissism?
If you had to recommend someone watch 5 TV series, what would you pick? (here are mine) 1. ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
I'm a learning freak, so here's my list: 1. MONSTERS INSIDE ME 2. THE DOCTORS 3. STRANGEST WEATHER ON EARTH 4. WHITE RABBIT PROJECT 5. PARTS UNKNOWN
What do you guys think.
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Well, what that fellow was saying is in keeping with what they believe. They don't buy into the trinity thing at all, so they consider the Big Boy in the Attic as the supreme creator dude and the Dead Jew on a Stick is the son. They are not one in the same and there is no holy spirit per se. They only celebrate one holiday and that is in recognition of how the Nazareth Kid got to be the Dead Jew on a Stick. Because this was supposed to have occurred on Passover, they celebrate once a year on the 14 day of the Hebrew month of Nisan (the Jewish calendar). They commemorate this fabled death as a ransom or 'propitiatory sacrifice.' They call it the Lord's Evening Meal or Memorial. No other celebrations are recognized. That number is 144,000. 144,000 will go to the Great Foreverland Park in the Sky. The remainder of the 'saved' will enjoy Forever After Blissful Life on a perfect Earth without global warming and no threat of the sun ever going nova. This all has to be true because the guys at the Watchtower Society say it is.
I haven't been on Agnostic in a hot minute -- I have been nose-to-the-grindstone with writing and ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 10, 2018:
@evestrat -- It's about time you showed yourself. You've been missed. Well, I can't speak for the others, but this old fart definitely did notice you not being around. That said, I look forward to hearing a mite more about your essay. Are you at liberty to tell us where it has been accepted?
Where do you find meaning?
evidentialist comments on Sep 10, 2018:
The meaning of life is found everywhere, but life is the reason for life. It seeks to perpetuate itself, but that seeking is mechanical. The meaning, on the other hand, is self generated to varying degrees in the different species that make up the biosphere. I am reasonably certain that a bacterium finds no meaning in life and quite probably doesn't care in the least. Humans, being one of the more complex forms of life, search constantly for meaning. For whatever reason, they tend to think there must be meaning to it all. Frequently, they invent meaning for themselves, then attempt to force their interpretation of meaning on all the others. They call that religion --- or government --- or both.
this is a video of me, some years ago, reading one of my poems, "old woman in the garden." ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 10, 2018:
She lifts her pallette Where words are scattered Picks a few with care Mixes them just so Then paints a vivid picture Dark, but not bitter My free prose titled ***The Poet*** seemed apropos here. Thank you @genessa
Hi, I started a chess group. I have never organized anything before so any pointers would be great....
evidentialist comments on Sep 9, 2018:
I'll have to check that out. Thanks.
I am currently reading "Flight or Fright" - it is a book of short horror stories about flying. Many ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 9, 2018:
As a pilot, being afraid of flying would be just a tad debilitating, no?
THE HIJACKING OF THE FLAG! I am not a flag waver. I have citizenship status in two countries ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 9, 2018:
@patchoullijulie -- Beware the one draped in the flag of country with the holy writings tucked under his arm of any sect suggesting it has *the* answers to all things for that person has not come for your benefit. Patriotism of the sort they propose is only good for one thing, and that is in filling graveyards and hospitals at home and abroad. It promotes tribal pride and fear of others. Flags and boundaries are symbols that our species could do well without. However, this is the real world where all those things exist. When it comes to America (USA), that flag at one time was a sort of symbol of hope and promise for all the world. At one time it was a calling card luring people to our shores to participate in the grand experiment. Now? Now, I don't know what the hell it is, but I do know the way it has been used over the last 40 to 50 years has degraded its meaning.
I just thought i would post that i am rather shaken by the recent death of harlan ellison. i read ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 9, 2018:
Sad that he is gone, but none of us last forever.
I’ve just had my very first conversation with a stranger who is an atheist... to say the least it ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 8, 2018:
My worldview is informed by the epistemology of evidentialism wherein the definition of evidence is in alignment with the scientific method. What all that incredibly confusing verbiage means is that a belief must be restricted to those things for which there is adequate real (objective) evidence to justify the belief. This view automatically determines that I cannot make any assertion without having evidence to support the assertion. Because of this, in any discussion of deity I will appear to be agnostic and with good reason. With the same reasoning, I am also an atheist because I have insufficient evidence to hold any belief in the supernatural. I do not believe in a god or gods, but I cannot deny the possibility that I might be wrong. So, I am free of all superstitions, including the belief in deity.
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
oxen
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
lice
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
mice
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
bacteria
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
hippopotami
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
geese
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
buffalo
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
deer
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
aircraft The list is much too long to list them all, but I've given you a few here.
WE'RE FUCKED The die is cast. Despite the circus show in DC regarding the confirmation hearing of...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
I don't think it's quite that bleak, but it does not look promising.
Difficult Stuff
evidentialist comments on Sep 6, 2018:
It appears it's going to be this one because there are hundreds of thousands of questions I've had to answer throughout my life and after arriving at this point, I don't remember which was which. What to do? What to do?
Are you an early bird or night owl?
evidentialist comments on Sep 6, 2018:
Both, but tend to err on the night owl side.
When do you feel safe to talk about your beliefs/nonbeliefs?
evidentialist comments on Sep 6, 2018:
It depends on the context/situation. If I am asked any question directly, I will answer it as honestly as I can, again based on the circumstances. I feel no compunction to state my position on any matter at any time and the tailoring I do is only to avoid confrontational situations because I find them non productive.
MANUMISSION RULED UNCONSTITITIONAL -- In a stunning 5-4 decision, the UNITED STATES SUPREME ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 5, 2018:
Satire with a prophetic ring, my friend. Reality says we are frequently one breath away from disaster and in these days it is doubly true and considerably more consistent.
fri·a·ble /ˈfrīəbəl/ (adjective) easily crumbled. from "The Winter Garden Mystery" by ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 5, 2018:
One of the best things about eggs and bacon for breakfast is that they are friable in the same pan at the same time.
The Case for Dark Matter in the Universe
evidentialist comments on Sep 5, 2018:
Michael J. Baker, Joachim Kopp. Dark Matter Decay between Phase Transitions at the Weak Scale. Physical Review Letters, 2017; 119 ( 6 ) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.061801
As you see it, tell me how writing about every day things can be appealing to read
evidentialist comments on Sep 4, 2018:
Generally, it isn't, but it doesn't have to be dreadfully boring, either. It depends a lot on delivery.
EXACERBATE: ex-ac-er-bate. VERB. To make a bad situation, problem or negative feeling worse. ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 4, 2018:
"Hey there, Leonard, how come you keep lookin' at yer hands?" "Mom done told me if I keep on exacerbatin' I's gonna be gettin' hair on my palms."
STIPULATE..Verb....To demand or specify (a requirement) typically as part of an agreement.
evidentialist comments on Sep 4, 2018:
Yeah, that's a good one. I stipulated the eviction notice to the front door with my new, heavy duty stipulator.
Intimidation
evidentialist comments on Sep 4, 2018:
During my early years I was intimidated by my father and people like him. By the time I was 12, or thereabouts, I got over that and I can't recall an instance since when anyone has intimidated me. There are people who move me, but that is a different thing.
nepenthe noun 1. anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, especially of ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 4, 2018:
Hail Homer!
My mother who was atheist converted to Islam and moved to the middle east over 20 years ago. ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 4, 2018:
I don't understand this even a little bit. It doesn't sound to me like you have thought this through in a rational manner.
VPN -- VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK As a writer I scan numerous websites of differing political ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 3, 2018:
What's all the fuss? :P
VICARIOUS: vi-car-i-ous. ADJECTIVE. An event or interaction experienced in the imagination ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 3, 2018:
Her vicarious veins ruined her modeling career.
When to switch primarily identifying as an Agnostic to Atheist?
evidentialist comments on Sep 3, 2018:
@Rhetoric -- When one looks at the meaning of the two words it becomes apparent that they may both be used simultaneously. I am an atheist because I don't hold any belief in any deities and by extension in nothing else related to the supernatural. However, when discussing the issue I am agnostic. I cannot make the claim that there is no god because of the supporting evidence issue. If I make that claim, the burden of proof rests with me, and that is a fool's folly. So, the fact that I don't believe in the supernatural/god(s)/fairies/pixies and other nonsense does not automatically make me right. I can provide a rational and logical argument, but I can't provide adequate evidence to prove my stance. I suggest to you that the time is now, if you do not believe. Call yourself atheist, but do not make absolute statements about the non existence of god or gods. It really is simple. "I don't believe in god," is different from, "There is no god." One is a condition, while the other is an activity.
Plagiarism. Noun The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 3, 2018:
@Happyheretic -- Plagiarism is a much more complicated issue than simply "...of taking someone else's work or ideas and..." I recently posted a piece of flash fiction of 999 words. A plagiarism checker found the story to be technically 96% unique, leaving 4% in question. What was the 4%? A couple of commonly used phrases. The 4% were not copied from anyone else's work, but are common to the language. In fact, the story is 100% unique. If it were to be subjected to a more thorough/exhaustive search, I'm sure that 4% could grow a bit, but for legal purposes it would not infringe on anyone's copyright.
Plagiarism. Noun The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 3, 2018:
It should be noted that parallel creation is the more common way that two or more works appear to be influenced by one another than are a product of copying with or without changing. It is because of this that there is so much difficulty in cases that are brought to court over copyright issues. There are specific requirements in the law because of this. Just as the quality of written works fell drastically with the advent of easier ways for people to get into print, so also have the incidents of deliberate plagiarism risen. People appear to be naturally lazy. Plagiarism itself is not illegal under most circumstances, but it is when it comes to interfering with another's income, and that's where those legal requirements to prove a case come into play. One can be guilty of plagiarism under the law whether deliberate or accidental, so it pays to use another advent of technology called the plagiarism checker. It's not 100% effective, but it is the best tool we have at this time. https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/plagiarism-what-is-it-exactly
My Question on omnipotent
evidentialist comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Viagra is supposed to help with the omnipotence problem.
What is the most bogous religious reason you have been told to not buy products from a company? For ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Then there's this https://www.afa.net/projects/naughty-or-nice/2017-naughty-or-nice-list/ among other things. This video is a worthy bit of comic relief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPBi6V12j_w https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEiFMX4O8mY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iz46gKC27s The first 7 or 8 minutes of the following video is more than enough to get the idea. A personal observation: These folks are fucking nuts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Z0i7K1DcA
How much does it bother you when a person on the internet corrects your spelling, grammar, or misuse...
evidentialist comments on Sep 2, 2018:
It depends on who it is and just how egregious the offense. I don't normally bother, but there are times when.... As for being corrected myself, I welcome it. I try not to make errors, and when I recognize them, I edit the little buggers right outa there. As an editor and an author, being on any social media site requires the utmost of self discipline and restraint, but I manage. Occasionally, though, I....
NOMENCLATURE. - Noun....the devising or choosing names for things especially in a science or other ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 2, 2018:
I have used this one a lot, particularly back in the days when I first began writing in aerospace.
So I lost a woman I loved because I would not compromise on my skeptic approach and realistic ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Often a loss turns out to be a net gain. Not making light of the loss, just being realistic about the possible outcome.
My mother is going downhill - asking for kind thoughts or feedback
evidentialist comments on Sep 2, 2018:
The best and kindest thing you can do for her is let her know you are there and that you care. I'm afraid that includes sloughing off her personality quirks as best you can. I know it isn't easy (been there several times in the past few years), but that's the way it is. So, for whatever it's worth, I wish you well and remember that sometimes one needs to rant. Come here to do it and not with her.
“Revenge is a confession of pain.”
evidentialist comments on Sep 2, 2018:
I've never had revenge taken upon me. That's what the wording of your post suggests. Did you mean something else? Revenge is also an admission that the one who is taking out the revenge is no better, perhaps even worse than the person suffering it.
How does everyone feel about the understanding that our global resources are finite? Our ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Water is the most important one. I know it doesn't seem to be a limited resource, but it is. Desalination in coastal regions is a possible answer there, but inland many aquifers are drying up and quite a few lakes are losing way.
Is anyone else scared to death to start over?
evidentialist comments on Aug 31, 2018:
@pamb68 -- Well, no, I'm not. Wanna know why? Because every time I wake, it is a new day -- a new start. I think I know what you're trying to say here, but I could be totally wrong. I like to think of every big change in my life as an opportunity to either do it better this time or screw it up royally. If I do it better, there is nothing to regret or worry about. If I screw it up royally, then I have another chance to do it better or screw it up royally. So, think of life as being presented with a series of blank canvasses on which you get to paint something and that the results can be anything from wonderful to horrible and the odds are good that each painting will be at least the same as the last and has the real potential of being something wonderful. So, pick up the brush and get to work.
For those of you who are atheists and were from a Jewish background like me. How do you deal with ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 31, 2018:
Guilt? Not so much as a minute amount. Shofar, so good.
How about some fun with 2 truths and a lie?! Rules: List 2 truths and 1 lie. Everyone tries to ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 30, 2018:
1. I speak 7 languages. 3 fluently. 4 on an I can work it out basis. 2. I've mined gold in the Alaskan interior. 3. I've ridden a camel.
Is there any implication when someone visits your profile often without any further communication?...
evidentialist comments on Aug 30, 2018:
Perhaps you have said something that piqued their interest -- or made them wonder. Like me. Right now. I'm wondering. I will probably visit your profile. I'm not looking for purdy people and there is no interest in Odin.
Hi all! Is it fair for me to help promote a friend's book here? She just started writing erotic ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 30, 2018:
Unless something is posted that is against the policies of the owners of this site, you may post anything you'd like as long as it pertains in some substantial way to the written word, the publishing of such work, reading books/stories, or the editing process. Thank you from the riff raff that runs this tiny segment of the joint.
I recently joined a couple of other free dating sites, and I am quite open about being atheist. When...
evidentialist comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Time effective and prudent.
Hyperglot: a person who is fluent or proficient in at least six or more languages. Many experts ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I qualify for polyglot only. I have 7 languages but only fluent in 3. Hyper I'm not.
A vent.. I was just in fb.. My daughter (an atheist) wrote up a post about getting a new job ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Rant surely was justified. I'm glad you have a place to vent.
What actually makes a patriotic war hero? Apparently sometimes all it takes is being born with the ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Details. Details. Learn to look at the bigger picture.
Well, here goes nothing! I've finished a short story I've been working on for the past few months ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 28, 2018:
@stardust2101 -- Oops. Not wanting to rain on your parade, but you are most likely going to be rejected again. Here is why: Publishers/editors do not like to see the same piece they've rejected come through their slush pile a second time, even if it has been rewritten. Now, this is not an absolute, but pretty close to it. If the editor didn't include a note specifically saying you should do this or that to the ms and try again, the odds are high it will be rejected without so much as even looking at it. Normally, if a story is rejected, you can either send it out to another publisher as is, or rewrite it and send to another publisher, but never the same publisher unless they have asked you to do so. One of the sad changes in this industry over the years has been the loss of available time for editors to make comments on rejection slips. There was a time when getting little notes from editors/readers was fairly common and there were times when they'd ask an author to tweak a story and resubmit. The notes weren't always something one wanted to hear, at times they weren't even kind, but they were evidence that someone actually read what the author had sent. Today that is more rare than hen's teeth.
I just realized "... is not an active member at this time" means I've been blocked. Lol, I ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 25, 2018:
@pepperjones -- Well, it looks to me like you must have done something right. Congratulations.
A perfect moment caught
evidentialist comments on Aug 25, 2018:
Gramps and future scientist doing experiment.
The true costs of the War in Afghanistan
evidentialist comments on Aug 24, 2018:
So, another vet speaks out. Please, pay close attention: Patriotism is worth everything. It fills the graves and empties the coffers. Let's do all we can to make sure we have more enduring and endearing wars for god and country.
Some Of The Oldest Ice In The Arctic Is Now Breaking Apart : NPR
evidentialist comments on Aug 24, 2018:
Yes, and the glaciers in Greenland and Iceland are retreating. Much of the icepack in Antarctica is doing the same.
Yesterday I suffered a quick interaction with a Level 7 member on someone else's post. I can't tell ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Here we are dealing with the written word. Not all people are able to express themselves well when writing and not all who are good at it are always good at it. However, it is difficult for anyone to say anything about something when only one side has been presented -- and that with little or no detail or explanation. If we were privy to the whole exchange rather than just your feelings about it, it might be different.
Quotidian kwɒˈtɪdɪən,kwəʊˈtɪdɪən/ adjective: of or occurring every day; daily.
evidentialist comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Quotidian on the qwerty feels quirky.
Remains of hybrid human girl with Neanderthal mother discovered in Siberian cave | The Independent
evidentialist comments on Aug 22, 2018:
This article has more information and less hype. Fascinating find. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/a-neanderthal-and-a-denisovan-had-a-daughter/567967/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R-4OiQVVpc
Interesting . I just checked my mail and found a , "letter, " saying , "High IQ, what a lie ." and...
evidentialist comments on Aug 22, 2018:
@Cast1es -- Some are not communicative. I have a simple way of taking care of the doubt issue. I simply post this picture. By simply enlarging the right side, they can read the certificate.
I’ve been very involved in my local town hall. At this month’s meeting they started the ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 22, 2018:
"Because others do it..." is not an argument for anything.
Does anyone know how to sell ideas for amusing TV adverts without just having them stolen as soon as...
evidentialist comments on Aug 22, 2018:
@David_Cooper -- You don't. Not unless you happen to be working for an ad agency, and even there, ideas are company property. There's no stealing to it. My dad was a top exec in a couple of ad agencies for a while and I worked at a couple as a copywriter for a time. I don't recall anyone ever coming in off the street with 'ideas'. Companies would come in with basic ideas occasionally, but that was rare. Ad campaigns and the ideas for them are a corporate function done cooperatively between the agency and the company commissioning the agency. Trust me, ideas are not a problem for these outfits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG0ZXD89Bq0
I hope this isn't too off-topic. I thought lovers of words would find this amusing, especially ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Atkinson addict here. Also a bit attached to Monty Python.
If you could learn one thing that you don't know yet, what would it be?
evidentialist comments on Aug 21, 2018:
There are so many things of which I am ignorant. I don't know what to name.
Have you ever been in a newspaper story?
evidentialist comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Yes. Radio, television, newspaper, and magazines.
Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth
evidentialist comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Well, in spite of the fact that I like Chris and respect his intellect, I have a far different take on the matter. Oh, not the history of this issue because that is well established ( https://history.aip.org/climate/timeline.htm ), but the outlook for the future. After all, when it comes to looking ahead more than 2 or three minutes, it is all conjecture anyway --- and we are dealing with human beings and how they behave under stress. Because of the dynamics involved, there is a smooth spectrum of possibilities stretching from horizon to horizon wherein one may pick whatever "end result" that happens to fit their personality or agenda. The 3 he has chosen certainly are possibilities, but they are not eventualities and they are not fixed points. It is likely we will have some difficult decades ahead because much of what has led us to this point is difficult to change and once changed will take as much as a century to have the desired effect. But take heart, there are many places on the globe where the changes are already beginning --- some of them have progressed quite a bit. Like the proverbial snowball, it will gain mass as it continues down the hill until it is unstoppable. I don't see our species winking out of existence, but it is entirely possible that there will come a great dying. That will be sad on one hand, but a boon for Earth and the remaining people on the other. All is not lost. We are destined to find our way among the stars. Some observations presented here are supremely negative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFGmXcXKd3s And here is why there is more than ample reason for a positive outlook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVNc7Uns6Nc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf4M21chh4I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uStFvcz9Or4
Have you ever thought yourself into a bad mood?
evidentialist comments on Aug 21, 2018:
No, but I do the opposite with ease.
Does anybody else seem to have a strange talent for attracting weirdos like me?
evidentialist comments on Aug 20, 2018:
I didn't know you were a weirdo.
UNCLE SAM BOB -- I have a friend, a fellow union brother, who I have worked with for 15 years at ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 20, 2018:
Creative and funny. Think I could like this guy, Uncle Sam Bob.
Hubris. Excessive pride or self-confidence.
evidentialist comments on Aug 20, 2018:
I'm particularly fond of tahini sauce on my hubris. Sometimes, I'll even put a little hubris in my falafel.
Question for this group: Has anyone submitted pieces to various magazines, journals, websites, etc.?...
evidentialist comments on Aug 20, 2018:
@bleurowz -- Yes. Short pieces are handled differently than novels, but the process is essentially the same. First, anything you decide to market must be carefully evaluated for these things: 1) What is the intended audience? 2) What is the genre? 3) Word count of the body text. Next, a market search needs to be made to find publications/publishers handling works aimed at your audience/genre whose word count requirements include your piece. I suspect the majority of writers would like to be paid for their work, so search those markets that pay. Most publications handling short works pay by the word, hence the importance of word count for the writer --- but do **NOT** pad your writing because it is obvious and will kill your chances of being published. When you have found the markets for which any given work appears to be best suited, read their submission guidelines and follow them to the letter. If you don't, it is likely your work will be rejected because of that alone, though most will give some latitude --- but don't depend on it. Submit your work. Be patient. Wait for the rejection. There will be a lot of rejection. Prepare yourself for it. It is possible to sell your first time out, but highly unlikely. Authors who are audacious enough to accost the publishers with their work must also generate a thick and tough epidermis if they expect to survive. All publishers/publications have their own way of handling submissions and the writer is advised to know what they are. Most are painless. Some are ... complicated. A few are infuriating. The trick is to submit and continue submitting until the piece is sold. Common mistake made by all new writers is trying their material on the lowest paying and non paying markets first in the assumption that being published will be easier and is better than not being published. They think that any publication experience will give them a better shot at the big guys later. It won't. Aim high and work your way down reluctantly.
Specious - superficially plausible, but actually wrong. Not an uncommonly arcane word, but one ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 20, 2018:
The human specious has made a mess out of the revolutionary process.
Should secularism be taught in high school as a part of a civics class or social studies.
evidentialist comments on Aug 19, 2018:
If they are providing other living philosophies in such classes, then by all means.
Someday I'd like to plot out a massive road trip to visit some of y'all. I'll need a big map, loads...
evidentialist comments on Aug 19, 2018:
You're bypassing Hobbs, NM, too. That's okay. You wouldn't be missing much.
SOUPÇON supe-son A very small amount, a sample or taster, particularly of a wine, a beverage ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Always thought that was the cook's call to dinner. "SOUP'S ON..!"
SCINTILLA: scin-til-la. NOUN. A tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling; a tiny bit...
evidentialist comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Her stepmother and two stepsisters always treated Scintilla badly.
AUGURY: au-gu-ry. NOUN. A sign of what will happen in the future, an omen. "Trump's bellicose ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 19, 2018:
I went to the hardware store to get a long reach wood drill. They had tons of them in the Augury section.
PERFECTIONIST -- I have suffered from dyslexia my entire life, a fact I didn't discover till I ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 19, 2018:
My favorite son-in-law is a severe dyslexic and diagnosed ADHD as well. He excelled in scientific computer programming and is currently the head guru at his company. Fortunately for me, he lives close by and is able to swing by occasionally to clean up my messes. :P
Antarctica is perhaps the weirdest place I have ever been to because humans are the interlopers, the...
evidentialist comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Closest I came to the Continent was visual range of Elephant Island. That wouldn't have happened, but the weather forced us to take a more southerly route through to the Pacific side on that passage.

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Conference: Fact vs Fiction -- 2001
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My wife: Julieta
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My youngest daughter: Alexandra Rachel Jacobs-Chaboya
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My eldest daughter: Leah Kelly when she was 3 years old in our stilt house at the west end of Galveston Island, TX in 1969
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My eldest daughter, Leah Kelly with me at the studio in 1968. Yes, she actually knew a few chords when she was a little over 2 years old.
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My son, Oscar, when he was playing police officer in 2002. Datsa my boy.
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My grandson, Logan Jay Chaboya and Gramps performing an experiment. We luvs science.
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Me in front of 'the wall' in 2004
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Copied from a newspaper article in which I was featured during Astronomy Day at the UACJ in 1999. I was lecturing on impact mechanics and how to identify meteorites in the field. At the university I also displayed my meager collection of meteorites and related materials.
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Founding members at the signing of the papers of incorporation of the Planetary Society: Carl Sagan (seated to the right), Bruce Murray (seated to the left), and Louis Friedman (standing on the left). The man standing to the right is Harry Ashmore, an advisor, who greatly helped in the founding of the Society. Ashmore was a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and leader in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and 70s. What a fun group. Never a dull moment.
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Upper left: The four room farmhouse in which I was raised. Top right: Lovely little me on a rarely seen city sidewalk. Lower left: Me and my hotrod. Center: Aunt Lou, little sister, Lou, with me seated behind, and cousin Skipper with our 1927 Oakland Landau Sedan. Lower middle: Uncle Leroy riding my back. Lower right: Me and my tough row to hoe.
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A rather odd tale of first contact with a strange twist.
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The Earth travels in a random shooting gallery and one never knows.
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"Xenogenesis is one of those rare books that manages to catch even the most jaded of sci-fi readers off-guard. Somewhere between the description of cities in stratified levels of wealth and the injection of nano-machines, we realize we are somewhere between the world we inhabit and the world we only dream about, which makes the entire book something beyond a simple novel of escape. This combination of biotechnology and space travel with a hefty dose of hard-boiled detective fiction in the character of Patrick Dalworthy allows Jacobs to create a work that is both fantastic and close to home, one that tackles the subject of what it truly means to be human in a rapidly advancing world and answer it with aplomb." ~ Jamie A. Hughes
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IN THIS INCREDIBLE, SWEEPING SAGA across thousands of years and hundreds of light years we come face to face with our fears and deep prejudices. It is here, in SEEDS OF MEMORY, that we get an idea of what it means to be "HUMAN" and what "HUMAN" really means. It is here, in SEEDS OF MEMORY, that we are confronted with the need to know colliding head-on with reality. Are we, HOMO SAPIENS SAPIENS, truly the only form that humans can take, and is our history the only history? Might there not be others, or others created out of the very stuff of life who are, after all, our brothers and sisters?kith and kin? In this story we find that the lines that divide have indistinct, fuzzy edges, and that we are the ones who make those divisions. Here we discover humanity at its magnificent best, its seething worst, and everything imaginable between, while we make an uncertain attempt to reunite two peoples separated by time and space...and other things.
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The follow-on to Storm Cloud Rising. Maelstrom and the third book have been included into the first book of the trilogy so that it is now a single novel.
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My short story, CLOUD, appears in this anthology.
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My short story, I NEVER SCREAM, is in this anthology.
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My short story, GOD SHIP, can be found here.
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