Monthly Archives: December 2011

Atheist Crafts


I made a Kirby!

I recently learned to crochet and I’ve become mildly obsessed with it (‘mildly’ meaning that I’ve made about 15 thing in the past two weeks and I’ve spent most of my christmas money on yarn). I’ve also been wondering if I could sell the things I make (to support my crippling addiction to yarn and hooks). Now, Etsy is full of nice croched things, so I need a niche if anything I make is going to sell, and I think I’ve found it.

If you go to Etsy and search for “atheism”, you’ll get a few hits with some pretty neat stuff. But I’ve noticed that none of them are crocheted (or knitted for that matter). There’s just not that much handcrafted, atheist goods out there (or even crochet patterns with atheist themes), and I think I can fill this hole in the market. But, before I dive headfirst into this endevor, I’d like some feedback.

Would you guys be interested in handmade, atheist-y stuff? Please let me know in the comments!

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Weekly Links: Volume 8

This week’s links are a bit late and I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve been busy with finals and now I’m on winter vacation (which is really short for my university this year). I’ve been neglecting lots of things for the past few weeks, including my poor, lonely blog. But fear not! I’ll (hopefully) be blogging more now that I’m not ultra-busy or lazy.

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Weekly Links: Volume 7

Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Working Class Warrior, also known as a blue-collar Democrat. You believe that the little guy is getting screwed by conservative greed-mongers and corporate criminals, and you’re not going to take it anymore.

Take the quiz at
About.com Political Humor

 

I’ve finished my final exams and my brain isn’t melted (that’s how it works, right?). That’s an accomplishment, so let’s celebrate with links!

 

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Hitch is Dead

Christopher Hitchens has died. If you didn’t know, he had been battling cancer for a while. He was an amazing person, but as PZ put it, he is not in heaven; he’s gone. It’s sad, but these are the times when we must face reality as it is. Christopher Hitchens is no more, but he will be remembered and he will be missed.

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Expanded Caturday: Finals Edition!

This is a Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii). It’s a cool Salamander species that I learned about in a seminar this week (I also watched them have sex; it was pretty interesting). This picture is from CaliforniaHerps.com.

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Weekly Links: Volume 6

Exam week has come, and I’m really busy. So enjoy the minimal amount of work that I’ve put into this while I read about organic chemistry.

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We Are All Sinners…

Brother Jed with Sparkles (facebook.com/sparkles11)

At least according to Brother JedBrother Micah, and Sister Elizabeth. If you’ve gone to a university in the US in the past few years, you’ve probably heard of them or seen them in person. They’re traveling preachers, and today (and tomorrow) is my university’s turn. They preach fire and brimstone and, as an atheist, I love it! They probably help make more atheists than Richard Dawkins could ever dream of.

According to Brother Jed, a woman should fight a rapist (“defend her virtue”) even to the death. He also told his story about how he had lost of sex in his father’s car when he was young. He also told several women (including me! I’m so proud) to be quiet because “the men are speaking” (but I think he says this mostly to shock people). Ah, Brother Jed, he’s so very entertaining (and a little creepy). He’d be less entertaining if anyone on campus actually agreed with him, but they never do.

Brother Micah with his "no porn" and "no homo" buttons

Brother Micah taught us that if a woman wears pants, she’s a lesbian! He told us that he was perfect and we’re all sinners. He’s perfect because he’s Christian; no joke, he really said that. If you’re not perfect (i.e. a sinner) it means that you’re not a True ChristianTM. These guys have really large egos. And, I can’t forget this part, he also sung us his “Happy Homophobe” song. While he is entertainingly stupid, I don’t like him as much as Brother Jed; he lacks charisma.

Sister Elizabeth explaining the 17 things that will keep us from heaven

We also got to hear from Brother Micah’s wife, Sister Elizabeth (or, as she likes to call herself, Saint Elizabeth; see, the egos again). She talked to us like we were small children and chastised us every time we used a “dirty word”. She did this when one lesbian woman said “I love pussy”. And I was forced to say to Sister Elizabeth: “What’s wrong with pussy? It means vagina. That’s not a dirty thing. Vagina’s are great!” (I also waved around my birth control pills and asked if anyone wanted a “free abortion” after she said that the pill is abortion. Those guys make me do the craziest things!)

I honestly don’t mind these people coming to campus and doing this. The university isn’t paying them and I’m all for free speech (especially when we can have free speech right back). And it starts real discussion on campus about religion (and it usually brings out the atheists). Also, it’s funny as hell (seriously, the idea of hell is pretty funny).

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