The Call Bulletins | A New Blog is Spawned in the Void


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As you may know, this blog’s editorial policy forbids recent and future posts dealing directly with religion and objects-of-faith, and a good policy it is, in keeping the focus on, among other things, issues of scientific skepticism and scientific claims, as well as claims passed off as science that fail its standards and processes.

But I’ve had a lot of ideas on material about atheism and religion that would be inappropriate for this blog and needs a different venue, so I created a new blog, The Gods of Terra, where I’ll be posting on my godless thoughts and sharing material posted elsewhere, with full credit, by fellow disbelievers.

I’ll strive to apply and maintain a high standard of fairness and rigor to the level of discourse; no crude bashing, or using argument as a sledgehammer, no inflammatory rhetoric, and most certainly no going out of my way to offend or insult. I have many friends and relatives who are religious or spiritual. I respect and love them deeply, and I take care to avoid stomping on toes even while not walking on eggshells on the new blog.

There’ll be enough to offend without my adding anything to it. But the site is still not for the easily insulted nor the most devout, and those are advised to steer clear of it. A reasonably thick skin and sometimes, a secure sense of humor will be needed. None of the material on the site will be reblogged or mirrored here.

I’ve yet to publish the inaugural post for the site, but once complete, it will set the tone and mood for the blog from then on. It should be interesting, and…enlightening…to see what comes of this.

MetaCognitions | Thoughts on my Editorial Policy


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I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don’t have to waste your time in either attacking or defending.

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English: This image is a reproduction of an original painting by renowned science-fiction and fantasy illustrator Rowena http://www.rowenaart.com/. It depicts Dr. Isaac Asimov enthroned with symbols of his life’s work. Français : Peinture de Rowena Morill réprésentant Isaac Asimov sur un trône décoré des symboles de son œuvre littéraire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The above quote, by the late Science Fiction writer and skeptic, Isaac Asimov, encapsulates nicely the essence of the current editorial policy.

I’m by circumstance, not by choice, a nonbeliever in all of the world’s ancient, respected, and confident faith traditions.

Let others believe as they will, whatever they will, as they will. I’ve no say in that.

I can have no say in that.

Skepticism, science, and rationalism, not atheism or anti-theism, are the foci of this blog.

My current editorial policy requires me to avoid posting on matters of faith or politics, unless their advocates try to make scientific claims, attempt to impede scientific literacy for ideological reasons, or indoctrinate the young or vulnerable for less than ethical intentions. ‘Nobody likes a skeptic’ it’s said, but scammers can be dangerous, and can part you from more than just your money. Those, not religion or politics themselves, are fair game.

No one wants to hear about how much I don’t believe this doctrine, or arguments against that theology, as those are matters outside of science and so outside the purview of this site.

No one wants to see yet another tiresome attack from me on faith, another boring tirade on contradictions in somebody’s holy book. No one cares, and neither do I enough to have blogged about it recently or do so anymore. I’ve said it all before, so no longer.

Earlier posts on my earlier views will stay up, as Google gets very angry about my deleting posts, and as I am not in the habit of writing inflammatory polemics there’s no worry there.

I admit, it’s a policy that I should have adopted long ago. So no rhetorical sparring with apologists, or debating political ideologues. This is not a forum for that…

…but for science, skepticism, and those things that matter to me…

…and the fractals. That’s all.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

The Call Bulletins | Death to the Blogcation


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I’m still on blogcation, but have decided to end it and resume regular posting with the next Caturday’s Astrophenia on March 19 of this year. I’m still on a kinda-sorta study break, at least on new study units of my Bengali texts and previously uncovered material, but am fully engaged in overlearning material not yet mastered. My penmanship with the graceful script is less unutterably horrible than before, but my writing speed still needs much work.

I’ve decided to update this and my other WP blogs’ themes to something more device friendly to those readers and other site visitors with dodgy Internet connections, something a bit more minimalist that puts less strain on bandwidth, with fewer widgets. The current candidate for the new theme is Flounder, the same one used by my blogs’ hub page, The Unspeakable Blogs. The preview screenshot taken for this site is below:

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I’m uncertain on an precise posting schedule for my sites, but I shall resume posting often on this blog and on others as I have material ready. Rest assured, and this goes to all of my subscribers, that I’ll try to avoid overwhelming your inboxes!

I’m currently working on additions to the Poetry Styles & Forms page, particularly a section on septets, or seven-line poems, will add an entry for 13 word stories, a form popularized by SF writer S.A. Barton, and have cleaned up the Stuff Kai’Siri Say page. There are also entries requiring updating before being republished. I’ll continue updating pages and other features of the site over the next couple of weeks.

Tf.Tk.Tts.

The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | Blogcation Tremulations


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This blog has existed since late 2008, and this posting break the latest since December of 2010. The rate of traffic on the site has varied over the years, currently at around a few dozen page-views a day, on a normal posting schedule of about one per every other day.

A fair amount, I would say.

The peak traffic for this site was in 2010, at over 40,000 additional page-views for the entire year, upwards of 100+ page-views each day. I could probably continue that if I felt inclined, but I don’t.

From late 2008 to late 2010, I was involved heavily in publishing to the point of near exhaustion and neglect of my well-being.

This, of course, was a mistake. Hence, my first blogging hiatus, after posting nearly constantly for almost two years, was undertaken, inspired by that of my late friend and former fellow blogger, the pseudonymous Skeptic Cat, whose online handle was to be quickly abandoned, his blog deleted, about a year after we met via our mutual blogging hobby.

I found that to maintain my balance and to take on new projects, I could no longer post on the site at the level I did at the start. That results in periodic blogcations.

So, what do I do with days and often weeks of time not blogging?

I’m engaged in lifelong learning, and as many of you know, a small part of that involves the study of three languages of the Indian subcontinent: Bengali; Tamil; Hindi. And mellifluous tongues they are indeed.

There are other subjects of interest; math; symbolic logic; developing better study skills; critical thinking; public speaking; conversational skills; medical myths, lies, and half-truths; learning how to think like a scientist, or perhaps like Sherlock Holmes, take your pick; physical training for health and endurance in my older years — after all, I’m in my fifties and not getting any younger.

I’m rediscovering my old hobby of drawing in another series of lessons I’m taking. There are my fractals. There is occasional practice playing virtual instruments via GarageBand.

I’m still pretty bad at that last, by the way.

I’m working on developing my writing career. Each day, I write at least one page of…stuff, about 500 words of stuff, three pages of it if I can, on absolutely anything. Even if it never gets published or posted on this or other blogs. Much if it goes into a private journal, some of it here and elsewhere online. I’ve published my first book so far, and I’m currently putting the second on hold while I deal with organizing and studying from lecture notes and assignments taken from my course collection.

I’m developing my fictional universes; plot elements; historical timelines; alien species; languages, however alien or arcane; protagonists; villains; alien gods and eldritch horrors from Outside.

Only this last week I had a bunch of really cool ideas on better using such plot elements as time travel, interstellar travel, and journeys to other regions of the multiverse in one of my settings. More on that once I develop the concepts further.

It should be evident there’s no possibility of doing all this on top of life events, maintaining my treatment plan, and just doing what needs to be done day by day. There are other things I’m engaged in as well, including ongoing personal research on logical fallacies and cognitive biases.

It’s obvious from the above that I’ve a tendency to give myself too much to do, too many projects to embark on. I’ve grown too many heads on my hydra, as it were, too many tentacles on my kraken. Maybe. I’ll grant that possibility. There’s no way to finish all of these in the short-term, and in fact, no ending of it all short of my death.

But that’s the point.

When I first began blogging on my now-defunct WordPress site Troythulu’s Log on January 15, 2008, there was little in terms of off-time activities, little to do beyond routine necessities, and blogging was a good way to channel my energies into something different, challenging, and maybe even useful.

The gaming shop that I’d been visiting for decades had closed its doors earlier that same year, giving me a lot of time at home alone when not at my old volunteer work job or out with friends, and I was still recovering from my injury from 2007.

Blogging was new, and fun, and it still is, and I met a lot of interesting people, then and now. Skeptical blogging, or as I put it, skeptophrenic blogging, was a useful, and at the time, the only other way beside gaming to channel my energies into something that I enjoyed.

Now, I’ve so much else to help me stay busy, to keep striving for…what?

Does it really matter what?

I fail to see good reason to reject or dismiss the value of striving. Striving is something we humans do. We’ve been striving since before we were human, even in striving for purpose, for meaning. Striving is just what explorers do, to cross that next mountain, to ford that next river.

I’m as much for living in the present moment as any meditation advocate, and I’m a “being” person as much as a “doing” person, so I like constantly working on things, then moving on to the next project. It gives me satisfaction, as much as mindfulness practices can at times.

It contributes to meaning. It grounds me in the present, and in the enjoyment of the moment, as I make the most effective use of the time I have in this brief, precious life in an ever-changing universe.

So who cares if it’s only transitory? Even meditative states, perhaps caught up in oneness with the universe, or something else of that sort, are only transitory.

Everything is transitory, and nothing lasts, even being ever in the present, even being in the moment.

So I prefer to spend some of my waking hours in sometimes intense activity, others in relaxation, still others in routine activities that take little exertion. There’s mindfulness practice involved as well, and walks. Long walks on sunlit days.

That’s how I roll.

Tf.Tk.Tts.

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The Call Bulletins | Spring Break & February Blogcation


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G’day! This week I’m officially on the equivalent of spring break, and so will take time off from studying new units and chapters of my Bengali texts, though continuing to revise and practice on all previously learned material. Yes, this is a bit shorter than the full 18 weeks of the first semester, but I’m going on break early to prevent burnout, and give myself time to fully consolidate my previous learning. I’ll be extending the next semester period by a few weeks to make up for that, and once that’s finished, pick up on my study of Tamil for two semesters, then afterward, Hindi for the same amount of total time. Part of that practice, of course, involves regularly listening to online radio stations using the language being studied. So that would involve radio stations located in, say, West Bengal or Bangladesh for now. There’s one located in Dhaka that I like to listen to at night, Radio Dhoni 91.2fm.

Fun stuff!

I’m also going on blogcation this week, perhaps for several weeks, but that depends. I’d like to pick up the pace of my posting schedule, but that must wait until I take care of other projects currently under my belt. I won’t be completely absent from the site, or from my other blogs as I regrettably have been during the last few months, it’s just the the posting of updates on this site will be less regular than usual. I’m hoping this also lets me resume updates on The Checkerboards of the Gods, and my personal blog, the Prank Call of Troythulu, as well as this site’s hub-page, The Unspeakable Blogs. I’ll resume regular posting…well, I’ll keep you updated on that when the new posting schedule is ready to launch.

See you then!

Tf.Tk.Tts.

Egads! I’ve been nominated (for an award)!


wpid-wp-1441063655909I’d like to express my thanks for The Creative Blogger Award from Babus at the Ajoobacats Blog. My ego and I are not always on speaking terms, and with my people skills such as they are I’m a little unsure of how to accept this gesture gracefully. There are times when I’ve severe doubts about my creativity.
So thank you muchly, whether I feel I deserve it or not.
But in accepting, there are rules, and here they are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.
Five Facts About Me:
1. I despise eggplant, and have never liked its taste.
2. I once owned a dog, a miniature poodle named Tiny.
3. My first viewing of Doctor Who was of the early episodes of Tom Baker’s 7 year tenure as the Doctor — “Would you like a jelly-baby?”
4. My first viewing of the Doctor Who reboot was of Series One with Christopher Eccleston in the title role.
5. My confection of choice is gummy-candy.
So here I nominate the following blogs:

Call Bulletins 2015.09.03


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The clockface appearing in the News at Ten titles from January 2008 to November 2009. Other bulletins used a stylised image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been a bit slow on posting for this week as I’m adjusting my study and daily routine for the next few weeks and afterward.  So Here’s the blogging schedule for posting on this site for the next two months, at least until November rears its ominous head.

The following days have been selected for regular posting: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are set aside as break periods to allow for extra study. I’m getting into the juicy details of Hindi grammar and vocabulary this month, and need the practice that these breaks allow. The same will be done when full study time is once again devoted to Bengali and then to Tamil.

I might post briefly on those days, but rarely, at least until the next blogging schedule revision once October’s over.

Thanks for clicking on my site, and as always, in proper Soruggon,

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga suulat.