Peeper Dee #95

Gotta few submissions today for Peeper Dee #95. You can be included. Get your pics in.

This is a late posting, because I was out at basketball. But I’ll try to post them by 7-ish. Remember, if I post, it’s not too late to submit.

Old Fart

tina s
sunny lee
by jeremy witt

Death by auto accident encourages belief in God

Here’s a popular meme going around (click to enlarge).

It’s a photo that depicts the wreckage of a vehicle after a catastrophic accident. There appears to be dead people strewn bloodily throughout the car, except for one little boy who seems untouched.

The caption reads, “Share if u believe in God.”

Yes, I get why believers see this as a miracle. The miracle would be if all of the people inside were safe. Or if the accident didn’t happen in the first place. Or if the accident happened, and the car itself were untouched as well as the occupants.

This is a travesty, not a miracle, and it’s another reason why I don’t believe.

Via Facebook

Dave Barry on Religion

A reader sent me the above graphic with a Dave Barry quote on it.

Oddly enough, it included a weird line in the background that reads, “trying god’s patience.” That doesn’t make any sense in context of the quote.

I was just talking to Tina the other day about how, whether it comes off or not, Dave Barry is often the voice in my head when I’m trying to be funny.

Trying is a key word in that sentence.

I’ve posted this quote (link) before, it’s the second to last quote below. I found a few more that I’ll post as well (found here):

• “The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.”

• “People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.”

• “The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers.”

• “Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. (This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print.)”

• “I like the relaxed way in which the Japanese approach religion. I think of myself as basically a moral person, but I’m definitely not religious, and I’m very tired of the preachiness and obsession with other people’s behavior characteristic of many religious people in the United States. As far as I could tell, there’s nothing preachy about Buddhism. I was in a lot of temples, and I still don’t know what Buddhists believe, except that at one point Kunio said ‘If you do bad things, you will be reborn as an ox.’” (Dave Barry Does Japan)

• “I liked making people laugh, and I decided I was an atheist early on. My Dad was all right with that. We argued about it all the time, but it was good-natured. He was the most open-minded human being I’ve ever known.” (Barry’s father was a Presbyterian minister)

• “The thing about religion is that everybody else’s always appears stupid.”

Photographing while running

Yesterday, I went for a much-needed jog. When I’m busy, I get to exercise much less, and scheduling time to workout is a chore.

There are a few of you who I’ve convinced to use the Runkeeper app for the iPhone so we can share our experiences and, hopefully, encourage each other through a little healthy competition.

Regular reader Xina turned me on to the camera function in the app that allows you to shoot a photograph, and it GPS locates it to the place you were when you took it and adds it to your map at the end of the run.

While I was running, I decided to shoot without stopping as much as possible. The results were interesting, and better than I anticipated. I expected blurry shots. But the shutter was quick enough to capture the action without stopping. One of them was my Peeper Dee yesterday. Here are a couple more.