Black Cat Superstions

This is my black cat Dexter, and we are wishing you a …

Some superstitious people don’t like cats like Dexter.

I have actually seen my uncle stand up and then sit right back down because Dexter chose to walk by him. !!

But Dexter has never given me anything but love, cuddles, serenades, slaughtered bugs, and a few hair balls. There is nothing unlucky about him, just like there is nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th.

So have a wonderful Friday, an amazing weekend, and remember to kiss-attack your cats … or dogs, or bunnies, or child, or mom, or whatever. Kiss-attack something, for good luck ;)

A Phenomenal Hoax

Do you ever get those forwarded e-mails that include a crazy story about something so obviously important to public knowledge that it seems suspiciously strange that neither you nor anyone you know has ever heard of it before? I do all the time. I don’t send them on. I don’t ignore them. I write back, I write back to everyone who was included in the forward. Here is one I got recently:

Lets chose to ignore the ridiculous premise that electronic mail has the supernatural ability to distribute wealth. Lets also ignore the fact that Feng Shui has more to say about where you place your couch than which internet user gets an extra pay-day -although those are absolutely clues to the fishiness of this e-mail.

This is June. July is just days away. It took me all of 1 second to flip my calendar over one page and see that the month was wrong. BIG RED FLAG! It took another 3 minuets to type in the subject line into Google and read up on how other sites have already debunked this email, namely here.

This doesn’t even apply to this year! It’s a calendar for last year July 2011. For a hoax it is a very very lazy one. And yet it was sent to me and about 50 other people yesterday!

This is how I responded to those 50ish people:

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I’ve responded to a lot of these e-mails over the years; everything from poisonous margarine to why you should throw eggs at people on fire (seriously). Oddly enough I am yet to receive  so much as a”thanks for setting the record straight” in reply. Maybe people like the ‘magic’ behind chain e-mails like this? Personally I find the phenomenon of reality (you should watch the Venus video here. It is epic. ) far more bewitching than a poorly thrown-together superstitious note in my in-box.

Secular Caroling

Last year, I composed a list of non-religious songs to listen to around the Holidays. This year I had to dig a little deeper, but I found some great music. Here’s what’s on my playlist this year, and you can listen to them all on my You Tube channel.

Atheist Christmas Songs 

White Wine in the Sun -Tim Minchin

The Atheist Christmas Carol -Vienna Teng

Winter Songs

Winter Song -Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

It’s a Marshmallow World -Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra

Strawberry Snow -Brenda Lee

Song’s for a Winter’s Night -Gordon Lightfood

Winter Alibi -Shannon Rose

Secular Christmas

Wintersong -Sarah McLachlan

The Christmas Rush -Mike Tompkins

Boogie Woogie Santa Claus -Dianne Strong

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas -Gayla Peevey

Mele Kilikimaka – Bing Crosby

Christmas Without You -Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

Christmas to Remember -Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

Silver & Gold -Burl Ives

We Need a Little Christmas -Johnny Mathis

Atheist Representations Friday

So I found out that turning atheist quotes into pretty pictures for the ever increasingly visual e-world is pretty addictive. It kind of got in the way of important stuff, like work; so I’m introducing Atheist Representations Friday‘s! Enjoy the first of many , once weekly visual displays of logic and reason against religion.

God is Love
Good News!
Religion
Where are we going?