Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy!
In the struggle between the size, old age, and strategy of Rockykins and the and the youth, speed, and guile of the evil Mr. Eccles, Rockykins won out, sending Eccles off to nurse his wounded villainous pride for having been roundly overpowered by fluff and muscle, vowing to, as in a bad 1980s cartoon, return to best his nemesis another day. In the words of Mr. Eccles:
“You’ve not seen the last of me, Rockykins! I shall return to steal your kibble, your gushy food, and your scratching toys, and get my monkey slave to forget to clean your litter box on time! (insert corny cinema villain laughter in cat-speak). You shall rue the day!”
Meanwhile, Rockykins relaxes in his favorite cool spot on warm nights and hot days, the bathroom sink, which fits, so he sits, and sucks up all the attention he can get from the resident monkey…
Eccleston, on the other hand, plots away in his (not-so-secret) hideout on his monkey’s workspace, hatching new schemes of ebil cuteness and tricksiness, to tweet at @Mister_Eccles when the time is right…
G’day, and it’s a new month. This last week was good, if a bit chilly here in the Northern Hemisphere, but wherever on the planet you live, I hope things went well for you. I’ve been fooling about on Twitter, a bit more active on there than I’ve been recently, and I’ll be doing #FFing throughout the week regardless of day.
I may be blogging for Monday and Tuesday this week, but that depends on workload and study time. Things are a bit iffy for posting during the week, but we’ll see.
I’d like to start new blog drafts while adding to those I have already saved on file, and I’ll be working on new large print-quality fractal about 3×3 ft to 5×5 ft, while doing research for a friend of mine — the process of finding the material is complete, until newer and better data comes along, of course. Only the scouring of details, followed by the organization and presentation of data remains to be done.
The cats are being their usual ebil selves, with Mister Eccles taking up most of my desk chair as I type this. As for the ‘Iko Iko’ parody posted this last Wednesday, the Dixie Cups et.al. have my apologies for mangling a perfectly good song with hideously unspeakable Lovecraftian madness.
My Weekly Blogs Roundup
- Iä! Iä! [Iko iko Parody]
- Wordless Wotan’s Day: 2014/02/26 Palm trees. Palm trees not killed by the cold.
- Mandelbulber Tutorial: Rendering Hi-Res Images A mini-tutorial on making print-quality images.
- Friga’s Day Fiction: A Most Unusual Find Indeed: Part IV Not the conclusion, but the plot seems to be shaping toward that. Planning on doing more Sergei the Shinobi adventures soon.
- [Review] Reality Check: by Donald Prothero a book review.
- Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/03/01
Roundup of The Other Blogs
- The Dull Insistence of Gravity by Martin Pribble
- Do Atheists Try To Disprove God With Science? via Steve Barry
- Chasing the Star Garden – Review & Giveaway by Kate Campbell, servitrix of Miss Jigglypuff
- Climate Change Debate is Now Officially Over by Martin Pribble
- “Observational” vs. “historical” science? Pure bunk! via Donald Prothero
- 25% of Americans Believe in Earth-Centered Solar System on Laughing in Purgatory
- This is a Powerful Way to Combat a Christian Speaker at Your University by The Friendly Atheist
The Odd, the Strange & the Sciencey
- 10 Concept Artists Who Should Be Making Their Own Movies
- Garbage Ecology: The Secret World Of That Floating Ocean Plastisphere
- Alan Alda, Spokesman for Science – NYTimes.com
- Dubious Egyptian Hepatitis C Detector Pops up Again » Pepijn van Erp
- Herbal medicines: Study raises alarm over labelling
- Bullet in a Bible | Doubtful News
- The Science Is In: Elephants Are Even Smarter Than We Realized [Video] – Scientific American
- How to speak and write postmodern | The Paperthin Hymn
- Baby’s Rare Brain Tumor Had Teeth – Yahoo News
- Offshore wind farms can tame hurricanes, study finds
- Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism – CNN.com
- Docs remove 42 pearls in folk cure gone wrong – ODD – Globaltimes.cn
- £1m price tag for historic Welsh mansion – Wales Online
- The Bahamas on board to become stem cell miracle land | Doubtful News
- Sand therapy finds takers | Deccan Chronicle
- French organic winemaker faces prison for defying pesticide order | World news | theguardian.com
- You Share 98.7 Percent of Your DNA With This Sex-Obsessed Ape | Mother Jones We humans are a bit sex-obssessed ourselves; just look at our insane moral codes!
- What if we’ve completely misunderstood our place in the universe?
- SPLC Report: Far-right extremist groups decline but remain at near-record levels | Southern Poverty Law Center
- Believe the Survivors or the Science? What the science of memory can teach us about the Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen case
- BBC News – Chile’s stunning fossil whale graveyard explained
- Repeal effort revived again in Louisiana | NCSE
- BBC News – South American mummy ritually sacrificed
- The War on Reason – Paul Bloom – The Atlantic
Weekly Blog Stats
- 140,882 pageviews total,
- 2,079 comments posted,
- 2,298 entries posted, including this one,
- 230 WordPress and email subscribers,
- 2,125 Twitter fellows,
- …and 533 Tumblr fellows
Last Week’s “I F***ing Love Science”
Good morning. I hope that the current run of fiction pieces over the last week or so has proven interesting for you, and if not, that’s okay too — as with the fractal image posts for many of you, not everyone enjoys that sort of thing.
An active blog is an acceptable one, and this site has been active since starting day 1 of December 28 of 2008.
The site has had its ups and downs, and it was most active in 2010, getting some 40,000 pageviews and at least a comment each day that year. My active time spent online and very frequent posting schedule was largely responsible for that, but reality intruded, and I soon discovered that I could not do other things and still keep up that pace.
That was also the year I began building a wider online social network presence, through such sites as Twitter, Facebook, and the paid service blog aggregator BlogSurfer. Then reality intruded, and I discovered the interest to ‘complete’ my education, or at least to come as close as can be done given the years I have left…
…no, I’m not dying any more quickly than most, mind you, but even a long life is brief and precious. I’ve been through 49 complete trips on spacecraft Earth around our stellar primary, and counting.
I discovered the value of lifelong learning, first through introductory college-level courses published by the Teaching Company, and then from other online sources. There was also the use here and elsewhere for the first time of personally-generated fractal art, originally intended only to spice up the other entries on the site but quickly becoming something more.
During the site’s first two years, I’ve posted things that showed poor netizenship on my part, and which today make me cringe a bit upon seeing them clicked on at the stats page when they surface during web searches leading to this site.
But I will keep all of those on the site, as deleting posts doesn’t feel right to me — it seems a not-so-wee bit shady going into this blog’s 5th year and quickly approaching its 2000th comment.
Things got complicated. The bloggosphere got less interesting when my favorite sites disappeared from the web forever, and fellow bloggers burned out and quit blogging. In my own life, educational commitments and new people came into online interactions. My blogging changed, with the decline, some of it recently, of regularly scheduled entries on this site. Many of the regular tools and features now on the site’s admin pages weren’t yet standard WordPress features, and others used then fell by the wayside on constant system upgrades of the servers hosting this blog.
I don’t make a pence from the pageviews this site gets, and I will not if I can help it. Thus, I’ve bought off ads being shown on the site and don’t care nearly as much about pageviews as I once did. I’ve learned that pageviews are less important given my needs, and overconcern for them is irrational and unskeptical.
Sure. Traffic is good to a degree, but online discussion is much more so.
While working on the fiction pieces, a few ideas have presented themselves for this blog’s continued activity, until I migrate over to a different platform for continued posting sometime next year. In the interests of positivity, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, and only afterward, what won’t be done even if and when it has been:
First, I’d like to put out a call for contributing writers for the site, any who might be interested in offering their time for regular or occassional posting on this blog at their option, who will be given full access to this blog’s admin page.
I’m also putting out a call for any parties interested in contributing guest-posts on the site, which I’d definitely like to see more of.
I’m going to reblog posts more often, with permission when required from the original author, of course, as I’ve slacked off on that in the past year or so.
For those on my personal mailing list, by the time this post comes online, I’ll be back to posting links to the week’s entries on a regular weekly schedule, starting now and continuing from then on each Sunday to the hour noted on my ‘to do’ list.
I’m cutting down on reposting onsite items except where necessary, or unless the item has been properly and accurately updated and expanded with newer and better information.
I’ll be bringing back posts once used as regular features, keeping those elements that work and adding new features not found in earlier installments. Some of those will be posted on specific days of the week, like the upcoming return of the series ‘Caturday’s Astronomy Pix,’ and others, though posted semi-regularly.
I’ll be posting material with appropriate commentary when needed on skeptical, artistic, science, and mental illness topics. I’m interested in all to a degree, and have a personal interest in the latter.
There shall be more book reviews and reviews of online and digital media courses I take, more so than has been done.
I’ll also post more on skeptical activist topics, critical thinking, logic, and on skeptical software tools I come across, but not on Atheism+ or the hubbub going on about it, as I don’t think myself knowledgeable enough to comment on it, nor do I care to get involved. That’s not my kerfuffle.
Since I’ve already done so in earlier posts, and have nothing new to add, I’ll no longer post on anti-theistic topics, including activist atheism, or critiques of religious apologists and their arguments.
I’ll no longer post direct attacks on religions, religious belief, politics, or religious faith, as I’ve been there and done that, thank you. Existing posts will be retained. ‘Nothing here to see, citizen…Move along.’
Only when specific empirically testable religious, political, or other ideological claims intersect or interfere with science will I post on them.
Finally, I’d like to thank all of you absolutely fantastic people who over the years have commented on, critiqued, ‘liked,’ shared, retweeted, and otherwise interacted, both on this blog and across many other social media…
…because you all have made this experience what it was, is, and will be. YOU make it worth keeping at.
Thank you, and Talotaa frang*
*”Stay strong, stay well, and be brilliant as the stars” translated from Old High Kai’Siri
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- 6 blogging paradoxes that very few people can figure out (mindyourdecisions.com)
- What’s the Social Calculus of Comments? (And Why Should you Care?) (awe.sm)
- Blogging vs. Microblogging (flamingmarshmallows.wordpress.com)
- Blogging about blogging (carriedonovan.wordpress.com)
- The Ultimate Guide: How to Use Analytics to Increase Your Content Marketing ROI (business2community.com)
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- Why Blog? (laurenelisetheobald.wordpress.com)
- A Shift of Direction for this Blog, and Plans for the Future (kestalusrealm.wordpress.com)
I’ve decided to update my bios on various venues on the web at some point, since most of them are simplistic.
Too simplistic. Convenient, but still too simplistic.
Because people are not nouns. We are not collections of simple one-or-two syllable terms. Human beings can never be adequately defined and described by simple static descriptors.
We are what we are, but nothing about us can be fully captured in the space of a few brief words. We do things, we perform actions.
We are verbs, not nouns.
We are not just artists, nor writers, nor believers, nor nonbelievers, nor followers, nor leaders, nor students, nor teachers, nor are we just collections of the countless other descriptive labels, though these are a useful shorthand when we are in a hurry, or constrained by space limitations on a blogpost or a brief biographical description on a personal website.
The problem is that over-reliance on these leads to stereotyping, because language is not neutral, and the meaning that the writer of the blogpost or bio-page puts into them very often isn’t the same as the meaning that the reader supplies to them.
Ask a religious nonbeliever what ‘atheist’ or ‘agnostic’ or ‘humanist’ or ‘secularist’ or ‘rationalist’ or ‘freethinker’ or ‘antitheist’ means and ask the same of any randomly selected self-described religious or spiritual practitioner, and very, very often you will get two very different answers.
The content and meaning of these answers will diverge greatly, depending on the differences in culture, worldview, education, and personal background.
Ask someone who practices analytical thinking skills, has a fair level of scientific literacy, a healthy level of suspicion for questionable claims, and who values the use of reason in argument what a ‘skeptic’ is, and you will very likely get a completely different answer from that of, say, a New Age practitioner of crystal healing and Reiki.
The point is, again, that few people, save those with compatible perspectives, are likely to attribute the same meaning to the same nouns, so labels can cause difficulties.
They lead, for one thing, to stereotyping, though as long as one keeps in mind that the stereotype is just a schematic and not a literal representation of reality, all is well.
The problems result from the fact that few of us do this. We tend to be lazy thinkers, even the smartest of us, using cognitive shortcuts to reach closure on a matter quickly, and while this is efficient and usually works in ordinary usage, it is hardly adequate for scenarios we are not prepared for, that may require deeper levels of problem solving skills.
When we see a stereotype and confuse it for the literal reality of what or who it seems to apply to, not just a schematic or an abstraction, we commit a hasty generalization — reaching closure on something from an insufficient number of instances (or too low a sample size in statistical lingo) — and this can lead to bigoted thinking.
I am not a skeptic, nor a fractal artist, nor a blogger, nor a cat person, nor any other collection of nouns, though I’ve used these as a convenient shorthand, not that it hasn’t caused confusion in a number of instances…
Better still, from a verbal perspective…
I practice and seek to develop clearer thinking skills, to hone the edges of my reasoning and argumentation ability, improve my level of education and science savviness, to protect myself and others from scammery and flim-flam artists, to look into the claims of cranks and quacks, and generally help support good science education.
I make fractal artwork as a pastime with the intent to develop it to professional levels. I think that cats are some of the most awesome animals on the planet, and not just in internet memes (though I confess some bias there).
I post on a number of blogs and internet social media like Facebook and Twitter, and through these I’ve come in contact with and interact with some of the coolest people my species has ever produced.
Like anyone else, there are countless things I do daily, weekly, monthly and over spans of years, even the most ordinary tasks, that cannot possibly be adequately captured in just a few words on a Twitter bio or Facebook page.
People are far too nuanced than that, and that includes anyone reading this post.
So consider thinking of people in terms of verbs, not static nouns, as intelligent causal agents who do things, rather than just simple clusters of tags and labels. The world may seem a lot more complex if you do, but it will also be a lot more interesting as well.
G’day, peeps! This Caturday marks the first time in a bit that I’m on my own even with my evil feline masters pulling my puppet strings…
There’s a family gathering up north, and I’ve opted to stay home to take care of the plants, my own cats, and to feed the little furry beggars that stop by for kibble and cheeseburger or the equivalent thereof. Study has come along nicely, and I’ve plans to sign up for online courses at a local college during the summer.
I expect that I should do well, though it’ll be a bit before I decide on a major and get into a full-fledged Uni. Blog-hopping has seen a few changes, with my favorite Token Skeptic, Kylie Sturgess relocating to Patheos blogs this week, and I plan on keeping up with her posts on a regular basis. Hmmm, I’ll have to update all bookmarks linked to her old site to the new venue, but that shouldn’t be a worry.
I’ve been getting a bit more personable on Twitter, which is a good sign, as I’m no social beast and don’t chat up easily, but I need to build and maintain regular interaction with other rationalists, my nonbeliever and skeptic friends, book bloggers and writers, and those more prominent members of the online rationalist community I keep up on. Most of my tweeting I now do on Tweet Deck, and I have been making heavy use of Facebook, which somewhat less activity on Pinterest and Tumblr.
- eBook Review: In Memoriam by S.A. Barton
- Why can’t we see evidence of alien life?
- Timeless Man
- Fractals of the Week: Resistance is Fractal – You will be Assimilated!
- Caturday’s Astronomy Pix for 2013/03/17-23
- GLAM — Open Library
- Guest Post: Dawkins at the Philomathean Society Annual Oration
- Superstition by QualiaSoup
- Always by D.M. Yates
- The Rape Blame Game
- Teleology, Destiny and a Life of Purpose
- Socrates, Unafraid
————-Odd & Doubtful Stuff————-
- Big cat sighting near Dursley but no other evidence noted
- Sheep attacked. Chupacabras, of course.
- Doctors miss the point. It comes out three years later.
- ‘Male enhancement’ herbals contain undisclosed, possibly dangerous ingredients.
- Mass death of Prawns create pink tide in Chile.
- Bart Simpson on trial with your honor, Mr Burns
- Oh, those shifty Secret Service alien agents!
- Caution needed on autism “epidemic”
- 125,214 steely gazes cast here since 2008/12/28m
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