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We are welcoming @OlderMusicGeek to our midst!
evidentialist comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Older than what?
As I am trying to let people know about community, I always get the question/comment of how theists ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I don't know what the upper echelon of Admin is thinking about this, but I have no problem with theists being here as long as they can stand the heat.
What's are you're thoughts on modern libertarianism vs democratic socialism
evidentialist comments on Jul 12, 2018:
First, there needs to be some definition of what is meant by libertarianism because this ideology is fractured into three fairly distinct camps. I say 'fairly distinct' because there is some overlapping that blurs the change from one to the next. So, which form is it? Left leaning, middle of the road (mainstream), or right leaning?
Apolysis a PAH ly sis, noun The period before an Arthropod molts when the new skin or chrysalis ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Then we know when to attack. We shall be victorious on the Night of the Apolysis.
Those England fans dressed as Crusaders... Pro England or anti Muslim? Discuss
evidentialist comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Never mess with men wielding swords and wearing knee-length dresses. I'd say they're just out for a bit of fun.
Please share your favourite afro american writers and best books understand afro american ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Octavia E. Butler is one of my favorites. When she died, we lost a word artist.
How many of you pronounce the "t" in often?
evidentialist comments on Jul 12, 2018:
The 't' in often is silent like the second 'm' is silent in Mormon. :P
Sometimes I think we atheists/agnostics put just a bit too much importance on some "religious" ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Crusade? You used the word 'crusade'. What the hell is wrong with you, man? You sound like some kind of believer twit or something. This here is an agnostic/atheist site by god. We don't use language like that around here. We is ... sophisticamated. By god, if I hear language like that around here again coming from you, you'll be wishing to Jeeezusss you hadn't. You could go to atheist hell for that.
Best Buddhist Books for Beginners with Simple Meditation Instruction
evidentialist comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Love Buda engines and some of the old Buda tractors built before Allis-Chalmers took them over.
Hard to work into a conversation.
evidentialist comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Well now, **sonofa-heartless-bitch**, I feel **lalo-fucking-chezia** now that I know that.
Argued with someone about the Bermuda Triangle last night... He seemed to be a nice enough bloke, ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Having spent a goodly amount of time sailing in the area known as the *Devil's Triangle* and in the exceptionally boring (aside from occasional dense collections of Sargassum and flotsam) *Sargasso Sea*, I can tell you that I never saw anything mysterious. However, I did once sail inadvertently into a forbidden area. Late one night two faint lights arose out of the darkness and I was admonished loudly to remove myself from the area forthwith. Seems they don't like sailboats puttering about in their submarine operating zones. Pfft!
Iranian woman 'sentenced to 20 years in prison' for removing headscarf in protest | The Independent
evidentialist comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Uppity woman takin' off her head scarf an' prancin' 'round like thet shoulda got worse for not stayin' in her place like she's s'poseta. Nex' thang ya know they's be wantin' t' vote an' wear pants 'stead o' a proper bag.
Fickls is this one
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Flicks....
I need some unique travel ideas
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Okay, here's a trip few take that will amaze you and you'll be able to impress the living kapok out of your friends with the recordings of your tour. The New York Underground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elNyaJBZWcs
Jean Stapleton, concerned that she would be typecast,  called Norman Lear a few years into 'All in...
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Looking at the overall character of the show I'd have to say that once the interplay between Archie and Edith began, any turn the show took away from that foundation would have ruined it. The tone created by the two of them was the entire show. Lear is one of the best in the industry and All in the Family was one of the best social commentary sitcoms ever made that touched on everything in the human repertoire. I have never been a TV person, but that was one show I could always find time for.
'Where Do You Find Them Beans' by DHMcCarty I noticed an old leather valise tucked away next to ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
A treasure, I tell ya. How many of them you gonna find just layin' around for the grabbin', an' at jus' twelve-and-a-half bucks?;
Makebate - one that excites contention and quarrels
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I pride myself in knowing weird shit and unusual words, but this one smacked me in the gluteous maximus, my friend. I should have remembered it, but didn't. Thanks. "Elsewhere he may be an useful and profitable member of the commonweal — here he is but a *makebate*, and a stumbling-block of offence." The Abbot, by Sir Walter Scott, 1820.
From my short film AN EARLY GRAVE!
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
LOL ... looks yummy. Original story or adaptation?
ISLAM: THE STRAIGHT DOPE A Self-styled Expert Explains Everything Are Arab terrorists out to...
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Okay, Bob, here we go. The writing style is fluid enough and, from what I've seen here, it will improve with more experience. Easy to read, lighthearted, and interesting enough to draw the reader in for the long haul. For what has been presented here, it is well organized too. Waiting for the other shoe to drop? Yes, I have a couple of critical remarks. I'm not going to do that quite yet, but rest assured that they are minor and subject to change as I look at it more. More on that later. You either need an editor or, better yet, I see you listed grad school, so I'll assume you know the drill. Go out into the maddening throng and grab a couple of advanced English students to give your material a once over for typos and spelling. Tell them it will help in their finals, or that there will be free beer. :) All in all, a thumbs up for the effort. If you don't mind, I'd like to message you later (as in a few days) for a chat.
Question: Has anyone in this group heard of The Redemption Manual...Published by The Americans ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
So, I looked at the sample available and read as much as I could tolerate. So, thoughts from what I saw so far: First, it is obviously a self published book that is poorly designed. The type faces employed are difficult to read. The writing is extremely difficult in that it is clumsy, rambling, and laden with wording that is off-putting. Even if I thought the content would be worth reading, which I don't because nothing I saw would lead me to such a conclusion, the writing is so bad I wouldn't try. ------------------ So, I took it a step further and investigated the *Americans Bulletin*. Everything I could dig up on this outfit is that it is a bullshit factory. So, final thoughts on the subject? No fucking thank you.
Has anyone else read this? The ruins [g.co]
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Here's a direct URL to the pdf. file of *The Ruins* http://metaphysicspirit.com/books/The%20Ruins%20of%20Empires.pdf
Crinkum-crankum: An elaborate decoration or detail, full of twists and turns, or slang for a ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Oh, I can picture myself saying to someone, "Excuse me. May I have a look at your crinkum-crankum?"
Would you date someone who is a self-proclaimed psychic/intuitive? This is a follow-up to the very ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 10, 2018:
No on all counts. I would be in conflict with such a person from minute one. I have low tolerance for woo of any sort, and that includes what some call 'innocent superstition'. Interestingly, I can and often do write paranormal stories, but it's different when it is known to be a story and not something someone actually believes.
Who is your favorite guitarist?
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Me, but I can't play anymore. Just kidding. There have been many in all genres, but the ones who come immediately to mind are Clapton, Hendrix, Van Halen, B.B. King, Zappa, and Hooker. There are many more.
Gardyloo - Derived from the French shout of "garde a l'eau" (Beware of the water) when a chamber pot...
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Believe it or don't, I have used *'Garde L'eau'* in one of my Science Fiction stories when an engineer who happened to be a Scott as well dumped the ship's burden over a populated area.
Some people can write beautifully but suffer from writer's block, while others who aren't good at ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
@David_Cooper -- Okay, bear with me on this one because I'm dumping a lot of stuff quick: There is no such thing as writer's block. There are lulls in the brain cage, but they occur because of content issues, not ideas. There is no such thing as a lack of ideas. Some may be redundant as hell, but we can't know that unless we've read everything that's ever been written. As @Lincoln55 pointed out, sitting down and letting crap flow from brain to fingers is a sure way to get out of a lull, even at 1%. He's sorta right about ideas too. As the joint shortens, the bottle empties, the pills dissolve, the ideas flow. Granted, not many of them are worth the booze or shit it took to get them, but they flow. The problem with this technique is that one is so blotto by the time a good one squeezes out it doesn't get written down and it won't stick to a now teflon coated memory stick. There are hundreds if not thousands of sites with writing prompts like this one [ https://thewritersacademy.co.uk/writing-101/writing-prompts/ ]. Now, prepare yourself because I'm going to say something that might sound cruel to you at first blush. Don't take it personally. If you do, I'll hold it against you. If you are having problems coming up with ideas and you need to resort to writer's prompts or someone else to produce them, I suggest that writing may not be where you need to be.
I woke up this morning with this memory in my head. Don't know why. . . . . . . . ....
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
One thing's for sure and certain, the pair she's wearing outweigh Lank's brain which probably feels as lonely as a B-B in a boxcar. Tale nicely told without being weighed down with, you know, words.
I've been thinking about proposing two subgroups here. 1. Thin skinned writers who would keep the ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I've been an editor who has had to contend with all sorts of authors for a long time. I have been an author who has had to contend with editors for a tad longer time. There is a difference between abuse and criticism of the constructive kind. However, on the surface they can both appear to be the same. Some authors never know the difference. Ad hominem on the back side of the lid is obvious and it is what editors see a great deal of over the years. I say, "This paragraph is unnecessary," and I get ad hominem. I say, "This information is redundant, take it out," and I get ad hominem. Fortunately, this is not always the case, but it is frequent. The problem hinges on the author taking criticisms and suggestions as personal attacks and responding in kind (they think). Writers today have no idea how easy they have it because little personal notes no longer accompany rejection slips. Now they just feel rejected and not mutilated. They also don't know what it's like to produce a ms on a vintage Underwood (c. 1945), package a copy of same, pay postage (to and back if not a disposable ms), then wait 'patiently' 18 months or more before receiving their rejection accompanied with a note from the acquisitions editor. This, I think, has exacerbated the problem of easily rent epidermis. I'm all for your proposal, but wear a flak jacket, my friend.
There is a tendency, even in this forum, to attribute anything science cannot at this moment explain...
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
As an actual scientist who is willing to chime in on the subject, the answer for something that is unknown is simple. It consists of three words. Well, one is a contraction so I suppose it should be four words. **We don't know.** No extrapolation is needed and filling the hole with anything other than genuine knowledge is a monument to human foolishness, otherwise known as the *god-of-the-gaps* argument, which is not an argument by any stretch of the imagination. It is and has been used because people don't handle uncertainty well at all. That is the driving force behind moral objectivism, too. Absolute anything is better than not knowing or relying on our own wit. What is worse is that there is a silent, tacit acceptance of this non-argument that tends to lend it credence. It is long past due that this kind of nonsense (polite for bullshit) be called out each and every time it arises. I know, it smacks of militant behavior, but it is time we take an active role in clearing out the woo locker. **EDIT FOR ADDITIONAL NOTE: ** It should be borne in mind that BioLogos is a Christian advocacy group and that Deborah Haarsma and her husband are both bathed in woo. Where it is a source of dismay that trained scientists like Deborah can be so deeply entrenched in their beliefs, it is not surprising. The guru at AIG is also a trained 'actual' scientist who has some rather unique ideas about how discrepancies in the bible regarding biblical collisions with astronomical knowns can be explained. Here he is at his best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0D6guJ6RQ8
I do not know how many of you are familiar with Alistair Cooke. Each week he would write and ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Indeed I do remember him.
Excerpt from 'Alice in the Redwoods. Alice's father is a preacher in Crescent City, California, ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
I remember Charlie. Brrrrrrr -- you're hittin' close there, buddy. Real close. And clever.
I'm working on a novel and sidelined reading Lord of the Flies last week. (But I had to skip the ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Show us that you're good. Sling some words this way. Oh, and a bio would be nice.
Shamelessly tooting my own horn... Received the official email the Editor -- my article on honor...
evidentialist comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Congratulations. Now, get to work.
I've been debating online quite a bit with family. Everytime I pin them into a corner where they ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 8, 2018:
It is tempting to say that it is a byproduct of mind, but that is not what it is. It is all mind responding to dynamic chemical imbalances, oxygen deprivation, fading electrical inputs, etc. It should also be noted that the name of the condition/experience tells a great deal about what has happened. So, here's the key: **NEAR** death experience. No one who has had these experiences has been totally dead, then returned to tell about it. One may be declared clinically dead yet not be dead. Clinical death is judged by the medical observation of cessation of vital functions. It is typically identified with the cessation of heartbeat and respiration. Here is where the problem comes in. As long as the brain is not 'dead', one can be resuscitated -- brought back from the edge of the precipice. It is because of this that a new criteria has entered the arena for declaring one to be dead dead dead. Once respiration ceases, a person has about 4-6 minutes before brain damage begins to take place. At around 6-10 minutes some brain damage is likely. Generally, after 10 minutes, irreversible brain damage is almost certain. However, there's no way to know with certainty. Under special circumstances, such as severe hypothermia, biological death may be delayed considerably. This is more likely in children. During that 10 minutes, a lot can take place in the brain. Random synaptic connections are being made and broken. All regions of the brain are undergoing changes that produce all sorts of reactions/thoughts/visions/memories/etc. Until the brain is truly dead, there is activity in there and if a person is brought back at any time before the brain flatlines, they may recall all manner of bizarre things. One of the reasons it is easy to say with confidence that it is all brain is that NDEs have been induced chemically/electrically under clinical conditions by altering the balances and charges in the brain. The consistency in these NDE memories tells us much. The inconsistencies are even more telling. This article from the Atheist Republic spells it all out rather nicely: http://www.atheistrepublic.com/blog/corymarkum/problem-incongruence-inconsistency-near-death-experiences I have had the pleasure of visiting two NDEs. One the result of hospital procedures, the other unsupportable because it was a drowning experience and resuscitation by a friendly passing native. There was no one there to say officially, "Hey, this dude's dead." They were both similar in detail, so I guess it is safe to assume they were both NDEs. Suffice to say, weird trips that acid couldn't hope to duplicate. You might also find this RationalWiki article to be of interest: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Near-death_experience
I have a tongue-in-cheek essay about my recent study of Islam. The title will give an idea. ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 8, 2018:
Lesson 1: Never tell your potential audience that something is *quite funny* or *easy to read* or *very irreverent*. Let them tell you how they perceived your work. See, a standup routine may murder the audience in Jockstrap, Wisconsin but fall flat in Bloody Boots Butte, Montana. Oh, and do yourself a favor and schedule a *very*ectomy at the earliest opportunity. So, here's what I suggest: Give us a randomly chosen 200+/- word segment out of your essay so we can determine for ourselves how to respond to the work and the question. Bear in mind that opinions and suggestions will vary. You might also want to do this in the writer's group, rather than in the general forum.
I’m interested in writing about a completely equal society. What are your thoughts on the femme ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 8, 2018:
Oh the definitions we need here. Damn those definitions. They snarl. They bite. Define *completely equal society*. Bloody hell, define *society* in your context. Define *femme fatale/mâle fatale* as it relates to your *society*. Explain how one would *exhibit feminism in a positive light* in a *completely equal society*. One can write about anything. That's the nice thing about having vocabulary and imagination, but what we have here is a cognitive dissonance bomb trying to pull immensely disparate ideas into a cohesive whole. On the obverse side of this coin, it could be a bestseller because folks would want to read it just to see how the author made the leap without having the editor physically strangle the life out of him or her.
Star Trek vs. Star Wars I’m just curious to see which series people on here like better so I ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 8, 2018:
With only those two to choose from, Star Trek of course. Both are fun in their own way. Both are exciting often enough. But for content there can be only one choice. For story, Star Wars could have taken place anywhere and in any time. Star Wars also had a lot more woo than Star Trek.
In the 70's I read Tom Robbins. I enjoyed 'Another Roadsiide Attraction'. Thought provoking for ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 7, 2018:
Hammett was one of the best. Economy of word is tough to master, and he was a master at it. One of my favorites, *The Thin Man*
What do we do here? Are we cheerleaders? Do we critique? Do we post our words and hope for a ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 6, 2018:
@Lincoln55 What is it you want to do here? I take it you read the description, right? You know, the one that says, "A group for the discussion of the written word. Though we'd like to see folks active in the industry, you need not be published or working in the industry to join in and ideally there will be help and motivation for those wanting to write. All that is required is a love of the written word and an interest in how it's done." What dogma did you glean from that? I've been a professional member of the Legion of the Perennially Rejected and Reviled since 1956, with extensive experience in show business, advertising, technical writing, textbook writing, ghost writing, blah blah blah. That is to say, I'm a battle hardened member of the first squad. Say it proud. ** RECON ** At the other end, we have casual restroom stall writers with no rejection experience, have no idea that what they just penned in permanent marker is in desperate need of an edit, and who might break down into uncontrollable fits if criticized. We have everything between those two extremes plus readers who don't write and go into panic freeze mode when asked to sign a check. We have experienced writers and editors and I'm waiting for a publisher to show up, but I won't hold my breath. We have the multi-published, just published, not published, and the never will be published. So, again, what is it you want to do here?
Skookum: American mountain men.
evidentialist comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Well, not really. It can certainly be said of a mountain man that he is skookum. Of course it can be said of anyone (man or woman) who has proven it. Skookum is a Chinook Jargon word that has historical use in the Pacific Northwest. It has a range of meanings, commonly associated with an English translation of "strong" or "monstrous". The word can mean "strong", "greatest", "powerful", "ultimate", or "brave". Something can be skookum, meaning "strong" or "monstrously significant". When used in reference to another person, e.g., "he's skookum", it conveys connotations of reliability or a monstrous nature, as well as strength, size or hard-working. Karl: "I vant you should meet mine vife. Not prrretty much, but skookum like ox." Schultz: "Ya Karl, dat she is. I said to minezelf ven she ducked to come in da barn, 'Dat's vun skookum vooman,' I said."
Any women interested in me? I really want to find my soulmate. : ) Feel free to ask me anything. I ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 6, 2018:
I find limiting the span of human personality 'types' to 16 patently ridiculous. Spending a day with one person will provide for a broad range of 'types' -- if one uses the word 'types'; a word that really doesn't fit in describing the ebb and flow of human reactions to life experiences over any period. I liken the MBTI list to the Signs of the Zodiac. One can find something that fits, depending on the biases carried, in the list, but if one pays close attention they will find that a number of other 'types' or pieces of 'types' will fit as time passes. Pigeonholing people only works narrowly for a brief period, and even then it is of questionable value. So, @JohnINFP -- who are you really?
Did you know July 5, 1946 the Bikini was introduced?
evidentialist comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Yes, and it has a rather explosive background. "Partly due to material rationing after World War II, French engineer Louis Réard introduced the modern bikini, modeled by Micheline Bernardini, on July 5, 1946, borrowing the name for his design from the Bikini Atoll, where post-war testing on the atomic bomb were taking place." As for the name: Bikini is much more pleasant than *nuclear fission suit* would have been.
Okay guys, I want to ask a question. Every time I look at a woman's profile, her pictures have ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Perhaps the guys think they somehow score some points with women in that way. Maybe it's social media's replacement for a wink or smile cast over the crowd in a bar. I dunno. I don't do it, though I wouldn't hesitate if there was something outstanding about a photo.
I've been a vegetarian for over 8 years. I'm not an overly healthy vegetarian but vegetarian none ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Vegetarian diet makes sense. Vegan diet is over the top and doesn't make much sense. We are omnivores and need animal protein and that all important B-12. How we get it means nothing to me until one goes through all sorts of machinations to supplement what is needed, then it makes no sense. So, I as a man who loves a good steak occasionally, would not question your diet. Why other men might, I have no idea.
Whats your stance on energetic practices like qi gong?
evidentialist comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Woo is packaged in many forms, but the ingredients are always various quantities of woo. That said, the placebo effect works wonders on those who buy the product. Upshot: Believers benefiting from the belief. What does that mean? Well, it doesn't mean that none of it works to some extent. Sometimes it works all the way. It just never works for me, or anyone who comes close to thinking as I do. I am the extreme skeptic (not to be confused with pessimist) who questions all things. I can't buy the product and I consider that is my loss in some respects. I do mind control, but I'm aware that's what I'm doing and it's also how I know the other is my loss to some extent. On the other hand, I am sure that feeling the benefits of the placebo is not quite a full step removed from believing in the supernatural.
TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMPING THROUGH THE POSIES.... Both of these videos are worth watching in ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 4, 2018:
As mentioned briefly above, here is that company of mercenaries known first as **BLACKWATER**, then **EX**, then **ACADEMI**. You might want to think of these folks as an embryonic **SS/Gestapo** operating with government approval. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHDuZFgTXUM This video gives one an idea of how extensive these private military organizations are. Notice that **ACADEMI** is listed as the number one mercenary group in the world. A ready-made army of cut-throats giving its allegiance to the highest bidder. Any idea who might hire them and for what reason? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1US5_h2PkU
Men, what would you think of a woman if they were forward with you and asked you out on a date. ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 4, 2018:
Roles are for acting. In real life they tend to divide and segregate.
I’m thinking about going back to school and majoring in philosophy… so I can ask people WHY they...
evidentialist comments on Jul 4, 2018:
Or if they get fries with that, do they think it will change the human condition any appreciable amount and if so, how and to what degree?
The formal intellectual position on belief in supernatural beings is agnosticism. Metaphysical ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 4, 2018:
That I don't happen to believe in anything supernatural is not a declaration that there is nothing supernatural. All it means is that I don't believe there is. I am thus an atheist because all deities must be part of the supernatural in which I do not believe. I have no problem living with uncertainty and not knowing.
Is everyone tired of talking about the weather?
evidentialist comments on Jul 4, 2018:
And on a more cheery note, I hear it's going to get worse.
If you were to go to a ComicCon like convention, what superhero, cartoon character etc. Anything ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 3, 2018:
Deadpool's older brother, Dirtypool.
So is this where all the cool kids hang out?
evidentialist comments on Jul 2, 2018:
Not that I know of.
Yikes! Since it's become a tradition to post here. I am about 700 points to Level 8! Can't wait! ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 2, 2018:
Aw. Here's a few more points for ya.
I'm probably the outlier here, but I think fireworks are overrated and over done. Every city seems ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 2, 2018:
I can take 'em or leave 'em. I'd rather they didn't sell explosive type fireworks to the public though. I managed to get over my problem with them, but I know a lot of other vets who continue to have problems with them. Someone suggested having regional displays in a few large cities and televising to the rest. That sounds like a reasonable solution to all the other problems associated with large displays held almost everywhere.
What was your first job? Growing up on a farm in Indiana mine was detasseling corn. Second question,...
evidentialist comments on Jul 2, 2018:
Worked as a laborer on our farm, but that wasn't a job. They called it, "Doing your chores." First real job was as a Technical Illustrator/Writer when I turned 16. Topped the corn so we'd have seed corn for the next year's planting. Because of our climate in the northwest, corn crops were limited, so our seed corn represented nearly half the crop. :)
Should a company who hires workers to work in the heat and cold be responsible for these workers ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 2, 2018:
Seems to me it would be in the employer's best interests.
Just had to share this with everyone more hypocrisy I was talking to customer the other day and said...
evidentialist comments on Jul 2, 2018:
Oh lawdy lawdy lawdy, had I knowed that I wouldn'ta joined.
I know I have been weening myself off the site and groups especially. But just wanted to let people...
evidentialist comments on Jul 2, 2018:
And what did the salmon have to say?
Asselkoph was once real surname bestowed on a serf family by a lord, no doubt underwhelmed with ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Eselkopf
Why does it seem in modern society that we need some form of validation from others?
evidentialist comments on Jun 30, 2018:
It has nothing to do with 'modern' society, but it has everything to do with human insecurities. Fears.
I joined this site because of the Title, Agnostic.com. I was looking for free thinking people that ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 30, 2018:
Let's see if this will make sense to you. I am an atheist because I don't believe in a god or gods. I also do not believe in anything else beyond the mundane we all use simply as an aid to navigating the day to day world. I am also agnostic because I cannot claim to have any way of knowing that there are no gods. In other words, the fact that I don't happen to believe in anything supernatural does not mean that I have to assert there is nothing supernatural. My certainty extends out to about 99.999%.
Got my Agnostic.com shirt today, I think it really improves my looks a whole lot makes me look ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 30, 2018:
Got mine too, but it didn't do a damned thing for my looks, so I gave it to my son-in-law. Looks good on him. Pic later.
So after reading some comments on an FB post, I became very curious. I hope to keep this post ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 29, 2018:
Several tribal and religious (is there a difference?) groups have engaged in various forms of genital mutilation, both male and female. Circumcision is just one of them and it has been practiced in several different areas. One of the arguments that has been used to try to justify circumcision is hygiene. In some regions/climes it may have been marginally justified, but we have learned so much about hygiene that the argument no longer holds any weight. I would say that in these days circumcision is not necessary for any reason. I was circumcised, but my son is not nor are any of my grandsons. It is your decision, of course, but I would recommend against it.
Well I wanted to beg for points when the time comes but I only need 10 now to reach level 8! Thanks ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 28, 2018:
Points? You need points? We don't need no steeeeenkin points round here. Whatchoo do wit points, eh?
Where Do the Words 'Flotsam' and 'Jetsum' Come From? ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 28, 2018:
Having been an avid sailor, in the marine industry much of my life and, a lover of maritime/naval history, yeah, I know all about these words --- and ... more.
So when I stepped out of the house this morning this was the first thing I saw. it seemed determined...
evidentialist comments on Jun 28, 2018:
Varmint control. I usually leave 'em be.
To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 28, 2018:
As a volumetric problem solver, your engineer would be fired immediately. A real engineer would say that the glass is approximately 1.25992 times too large.
Guitarists, can I get some help? Based on the symbols shown, what am I supposed to do with the 6th ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 27, 2018:
In these days, Google is a handy tool. For your reading pleasure: https://www.fender.com/articles/how-to/how-to-read-a-chord-chart
Has anybody ever got into the wrong car?
evidentialist comments on Jun 26, 2018:
Yes. It was a dealership screwup. Funny circumstances. It was a new Austin Healey 3000 MkIII (BN7) three carb 1966/7. I had already entered it for the Laguna Seca race and it was my intent to take the car to the shop to be modified and a roll cage installed the next week after a break-in trip. It would have been painted with its meatballs and stripes as well. I took the car to San Diego, then across the mountains to El Centro. I spent the night in El Centro, then went up past the Salton Sea, on to Palm Springs, then back to Hollywood. A nice run with top down weather all the way. When I returned home there was a letter stuck in my door from the dealer requesting (pleading) that I bring the car back to their lot and that there had been a mix up in the paperwork. Long story shortened to bearable length, the paperwork on the car I'd taken off the lot and just put a few hundred miles on couldn't be juggled for some reason. I never found out why they couldn't merely swap the cars, but they made their amends with the original buyer of the car, gave him a discount and an added guarantee period because they were apparently stuck and had to give him the car I had just taken a leisurely cruise in. Two more days and that poor man's car would have been unrecognizable to him. I wonder what they would have done in that case?
Hey everyone, I'm doing some research for an autobiography I'm writing. Is it possible to find ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 26, 2018:
Fortunately, autobiographies don't need to be absolutely correct. Everyone understands that there are few who remember what happened yesterday at a particular time, let alone last week, and certainly not in terms of years. Not only that, but the readers usually won't care if something one says happened four years ago actually happened six years ago, unless it throws all your details out of whack and you'll recognize that and be able to fix it before publishing. Write your story and don't worry about specifics unless they are intrinsically important to the understanding of the tale. Old saying holds here: Don't sweat the small stuff.
Balloonery - from the 1850's, of English origin: The art or practice of ascending in balloons. ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 26, 2018:
Most people in those days considered balloonery as buffoonery.
Polymath (Greek: πολυμαθ╬«ς, polymath─ôs, "having learned much,"[1] Latin: homo universalis,...
evidentialist comments on Jun 26, 2018:
My approach to problem solving is supported by having as much knowledge in as many disciplines as possible. I suppose that makes me a polymath. Who would've thought there'd be a simple name for my complex craziness?
This isn't a word, but I thought you folks might find it interesting since it's about the use of ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 25, 2018:
Interesting to be sure. Thank you.
I do not completely understand why the idea of separating sexual and romantic attraction is so ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Nor do I, but then there are many who have imaginary friends I also do not understand.
With grave goods being a prominent aspect of funerary customs from many of the ancient cultures, ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Perhaps a combination of both plus a third factor that may well have been the origin of all burial practices that no one has mentioned. Completely nomadic groups that were constantly on the move in the African savanna could leave their dead where they fell without consequence. Later groups settling in certain locations for some time (cave dwellers is one example) faced a problem when it came to their dead. Aside from the disagreeable odor of a decomposing body in the house there was the existential problem of the scent attracting predators and large scavengers. I am of the opinion, based on what evidence there is so far, that burial was originally driven because of survival/odor issues and that any ceremony revolving around the burial of clan members came at a later stage. Of course I could be wrong, but it seems to be the more logical sequence.
Agnostic shopping? Im trying to buy tshirts and apparels promoting Athesium. Thinking this would ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Sure is, and they have quite a stock. https://www.cafepress.com/+atheist+t-shirts
Pule: To cry in a thin voice; to whimper.
evidentialist comments on Jun 23, 2018:
Like a fool the mule fueled the pule by the pool.
Why are you athiest?
evidentialist comments on Jun 23, 2018:
I dunno. It just seemed like a good idea at the time and, hell, I wasn't doing anything else, ya know? Seriously, none of the stories they told me made any sense to my wee brain thing and the more they tried to explain, the worse it got. They left me no choice. Logic and reason ruled over the touchy-feely fairy tales.
The RPM indicator is in the green zone on the "Spin-odometer". I'm ready to apply collective and ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 22, 2018:
I think this meme was done as a shot at der Trumpenfuehrer for his idiotic remarks in trying to cover for this screwup that is all his. No need to lift off yet.
What is your opinion about to get married?
evidentialist comments on Jun 22, 2018:
There are no guarantees in life except the ultimate one, and that is beginning to look like it might fall one day. Marriage is a legal concept, but it has other implications as well. It implies an agreement between two individuals to behave themselves, remain faithful, and be as truthful as decency will allow. It suggests that both parties will willingly put in the energy needed to make it a successful union over the long haul. It and subsequent children represents a series of serious responsibilities and that both parties will accept those responsibilities without hesitation. That I have made this contract with a woman and it has worked wonderfully is testimony to the idea that it can and often does work. There are others, many of them I have seen. Because we are human beings, we can in no way predict that our contract will be one of the success stories. But similarly, we can't predict that it won't, with the exception of those potential situations where the signs are too obvious to miss -- yet even some of those work out well. So, if you are thinking about this, know that it can be a marvelous way to enjoy this life. There are no guarantees about anything. If you are moved to do it, then by all means do it. Just remember that it requires effort from both of you, that there will be rough times, and that it is a long term commitment. Oh, and do remember to have fun.
Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking. People who suffer from ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 22, 2018:
And all this time I thought it was someone who was afraid of shiny surfaces. :P
You can be a realist and a believer at the same time Having a sense for reality and believing in ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 22, 2018:
What did I just read? Okay. I know. You're just pulling our chain, right? Looking for reactions, right? Wanting to see how people respond to bullshit? Well, I won't give you the satisfaction by reacting to your nonsensical posits. Waiter..! Waiter..! Check please.
What do you think about sharks?
evidentialist comments on Jun 22, 2018:
Truly impressive animals.
What would you think if a religious person said they did not believe in magic ?
evidentialist comments on Jun 22, 2018:
It pays to be good at compartmentalization. Rabbits from hats go in this box. Walking on water goes in that box. As long as the boxes don't mix, everything is hunky dory. Where we run into trouble is when an atheist/agnostic consults his/her horoscope. Know what I mean?
What is your greatest skill ?
evidentialist comments on Jun 22, 2018:
Problem solving.
@Godwizard707 -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on Jun 21, 2018:
@Godwizard707 -- Merely as a matter of curiosity, why did you, as a believer, join this site?
I have used an editor to sharpen up my writing to the point where I can get it published online but ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 21, 2018:
What a profoundly should-never-be-asked question. First, no one in this business will risk stealing someone's material. Every letter you insert into a ms is copyrighted the instant the type hits the page, whether it be paper or electronic. And that's just the legal aspect. No one in this industry would even think about stealing anyone's work unless it was the most fantastic thing they had ever seen, and the likelihood of that is nil. Even then, the legal aspect would reign supreme. There are three things you never do to an editor or publisher. The first is to say anything about how your work is copyright protected and don't you dare steal it. The second is to question their integrity regarding the work they do at any level and in any stage. The third is to ignore any small detail involving the format requirements. Not even a little bit. To do any one of these three things is to risk the wrath and exceptionally long term memories of editors and publishers alike. Any one of them is somewhat akin to pissing off your attorney before an important case or your surgeon before a delicate surgery. Doing any of these things is also admission up front that you have no experience in the business of writing. So, if you're looking for a compatible editor, that is something else and is legitimate. Most editors are personable folk in the writer's mind until the first edit comes in, then they're rotten SOBs for not recognizing the writer's immense skill at turn of phrase and incisive use of word. So, my question to you is, specifically what is it you are looking for? Otherwise the answer can only be generalized. You know, like search the lists of editors who are members of editor's associations. I've been working freelance for over 40 years and have never joined an association. Does that mean I'm not trustworthy or a bad editor or a fly-by-night operation looking to rip off the lowly writers who hire me? The best way to find that out is to ask those for whom I've done the job. The thing to understand from that is, there are lists of editors who are members of associations who have met their criteria, and there are freelance independents. If you look to an independent, ask him or her for references. Of course, it would be wise to do the same of association members, but at least with them there may be some recourse. Recourse for what, I don't know.
Hi folks. I'm new to this website and this group. Nice to meet you all. I have a question. I was ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 21, 2018:
Edited to include one I forgot. Sorry. I have used only 4 artists and myself. Duane Brewster Deron Douglas Spenser Wallace Roye Myself And Jack Rogers (just cover art in this sample) The 5 photos are examples of each in the order of the list:
Apostle Paul's King James Bible Up For Auction
evidentialist comments on Jun 20, 2018:
This Apostle Paul danced the temporal dance pretty well. I suspect he learned the King's English in the same way he got the bible.
How many of you have contacted a senator or representative regarding any of the issues we have ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 19, 2018:
I'm a letter writing machine Used to do a lot of telephone too, and I'm not bashful on a face to face when the opportunity arises. Since my last bout with the surgeons, I've curtailed my activity a little, but still manage a letter (real paper letters) fairly consistently, but I haven't been able to get around enough to do the nose on nose discussions.
Introduction & ArmadilloCon Hey all, I'm brand new to the site (and this group, obviously). By way ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 19, 2018:
Would like to, but can't. Austin is a wonderful place, even without the Con.
Grammar niggles. It really annoys me when people use 'obviously' and 'literally' incorrectly. My ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 19, 2018:
Man, I am definitely, without a doubt, no question about it loving it. I've had 'authors' submit stories written in that manner. In my anthology series the acceptance ratio was approximately 12% overall. Fully half of the remainder of those submissions were rejected because of writing like that and worse. Ain't life grand?
Hi @Akfishlady, I've been L7 for a while but didn't join before, likely because I've been having so ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 19, 2018:
Hey, look, everybody, nobody's here.
I don't know where to put this or if it's even relevant. It sure hit me the wrong way though. What ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 18, 2018:
Better response might have been: "I have little time for insipid people in my life. Adi-fricking-os." *Too Strong?*
What are your thoughts on catfishing? I know a man who was pretending to be a woman online and ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 18, 2018:
I don't have any thoughts on catfishing. I don't do flyfishing either. Microficheing is also something I don't do.
No GMOs here!
evidentialist comments on Jun 18, 2018:
Anyone familiar with the printing process could easily appreciate the savings in cost in making these labels. Now, considering that alum is by default non GMO, it doesn't matter. I'll wager that their MSG says the same thing. Sea Salt. The list is large.
Achieved Level 8 today. Woot Woot!
evidentialist comments on Jun 17, 2018:
What? You're not a level 9 yet? What's keeping you?
Hi fellow wordsmith. I am not published. I write essays and articles about personal experiences. ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 17, 2018:
Get a copy of Writer's Market 2018. Best source for current markets. You can also Google various markets to get lists of online and/or print markets. Just remember one important thing and it cannot be stressed enough: **Follow the writer's guidelines of each publisher to whom you submit exactly according to their requirements.** If you do that one simple thing, it will reduce the chances of your work being rejected without being read. Oh, and please, please, do not say anything about your work being copyrighted and don't include any notations about the legal status of your work. Now, go forth and get published. Bear in mind that until your rejection collection is equal in number to the words you have written, you haven't yet tried to get published.
Shout out to playwrights! Do you cringe the first time you hear an actor read your words?
evidentialist comments on Jun 17, 2018:
Never at cold readings. I don't expect much, so I'm frequently surprised and pleased. Of course, it must be known that I have done few (as in 5) plays.
What are your weaknesses?
evidentialist comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Kryptonite puts me in a real funk.

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Conference: Fact vs Fiction -- 2001
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My wife: Julieta
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Granddaughter: Ayrie Pauline Chaboya
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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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