Blind Man vs The ATM


Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about … a complete idiot trying to fumble his way through using an ATM!

What?

He’s blind?

That means he can’t see, right?

I rephrase that. Here’s a visually challenged man fucking around with an ATM.

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The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins, Illustrated by Dave McKean


Via Atheist Media: 

The Magic of Reality is released in hardback and audio editions on 15th September 2011. It will also be available as a stunning iPad App.

What are things made of?
What is the sun?
Why do bad things happen?

Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu’s egg? Or what about the great catfish that carries the world on its back? These fantastical myths are fun — but what is the real answer to such questions?

The Magic of Reality presents the real story of the world around us, taking us on an enthralling journey through scientific reality, and showing that it has an awe-inspiring beauty and thrilling magic which far exceed those of the ancient myths.

We encounter rainbows, our genetic ancestors, tsunamis, shooting stars, plants, animals, and an intriguing cast of characters in this extraordinary scientific voyage of discovery.

Richard Dawkins and Dave McKean have created a dazzling celebration of our planet that will inspire and amaze readers of all ages, and will entertain and inform for years to come.

What the kids are posting


 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another posting from reddit/r/atheism.

Image of man giving bibles to Haitian woman, reads “Bibles for Haiti. “Thank you that looks delicious.” 

 

Graphic of black and white Edgar Allen Poe illustration, says “All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. ~~ 

Your ecard says, “You have a right to your opinion, and I have a right to tell you how fucking stupid it is.” 

 

God is dead or god is dad?


In the 90s, I liked Jane’s Addiction. Loved them.

If I were honest with you in the 90s, I would have told you I loved Jane’s Addiction more than Jesus.

Back then, I was learning to play bass guitar. I was in a rock-n-roll band with my brother.

Jane’s Addiction was in regular rotation in my world. I remember the first time I heard “Stop“. I was at my grandparents’ house in Grand Rapids, MI. Before the woman stopped saying the intro in Spanish, I knew I was hooked.

My brother had turned on Mtv, and when the music came in, I thought it was one of the best songs I had ever heard.

Once I got my hands on the albums, I made sure to skip over or hum through the parts that compromised my religious proclivities.

Despite loving(!) the song, “Ted, just admit it.” The lyrics of sex, rape and violence required that I never listen to the song in full without wearing headphones. Even then, the guilt was extreme.

The bass line was incredible, though, and the crescendo was mind-numbingly amazing.

I’ve listened to “Pigs in Zen” more times than you’ve heard your favorite song of all time. Not kidding.

During the song, “Had a Dad” (the video above) I had to stop singing when Perry Farrell hit the “God is dead” lyric. There were lots of songs like that in the 90s, and I loved the music, but thought I was avoiding sin by simply humming the lyrics.

The Nietzsche-inspired lyric in “Had a Dad” is a controversial one. It’s rumored that Farrell told the record label that he was saying, “God is dad,” not “God is dead.” “God is Dad” is somewhat controversial, but more thought provoking and a representation of the previous decades of psychological advancement than anything.

It may represent Farrell’s own drift from religion and his own feelings toward his father.

Who knows? Who cares? 

Lately, a local radio station has been playing a new Jane’s Addiction song called, “Irresistible Force.” Check out the video below if you’re curious:

In the song, Perry Farrell sings that “God is a Dad.” I’ve heard the song a few times, and it sounds like he’s saying, “God is not dead.”

It’s bizarre.

Regardless, it’s as if he’s making fun of himself. When I first heard the lyric, I thought he was reneging on his old days of thought. Then I thought that he’s making a callback to his old lyrics, which is common when poets and writers get older.

It’s best not to think too hard about it. It’s difficult to take Jane’s new stuff seriously, so why take the lyrics seriously?

My point is not necessarily to critique Jane’s Addiction, or to compare old work to new work (which is apples to oranges).

It’s to show a glimpse of how “god” is treated in popular music. I’m hoping to do a few of these kinds of posts that lead up to my review of Taylor Muse’s new work with Quiet Company.

I’m hoping to give some insight into why addressing god in music can be great. And in the case of old Jane’s Addiction, it was great. But now it’s just boring.

When you’ve sold out as far as Perry Farrell, whom I still want to love, you can’t be cool and creative anymore. At least, that’s what I’m thinking anyway.

Nietzsche, Farrell and others have declared that god is dead.

God is not dead, dear reader. It doesn’t appear that god ever lived. That which has never lived cannot die.

(Writing shit like that is so cheesy … )