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After a busy weekend I'm a few days behind... so let's try and keep this relatively simple, shall we!

I'm an atheist, and during my formative years I developed an engrained dislike of religion and what it claims to know about the world. I've enjoyed the rise in popular, more vocal atheism over the past decade and feel that it's been a good thing in raising consciousness about atheism and about religion in general. I like to think it's made more people sit up and think about what they've been taught to believe. Wherever that takes them isn't necessarily as important, although I'm not going to lie and pretend that I don't think the world would be a better place if more people were critical of the claims of various religions.

I do think religion has been responsible for many evils over the years, and it has also embodied many positive virtues. But since it's quite possible to be good without religion, I think it's a shame that ideals of charity and compassion get bound together with rather bizarre claims about blatantly mythical and magical beings. Of course, it's even more of a shame when those claims are used to justify horrible attitudes towards others.

I'm not particularly confrontational about this issue, because I respect the right of people to hold whatever beliefs they want. I don't bring up the topic much with friends, family and colleagues because it can be a rather emotive issue and I don't want to damage relationships. But when religion starts straying into politics and trying to govern peoples lives, I get angry, and want to go write a letter or sign a peition or maybe read some angry blogs that agree with me.
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I don't really have much in the way of ambitions. Never have, really. I think my ambition is to have an ambition some day.

So in 10 years I hope for more of the same, plus some other terrifying things, like kids and a nice big house that I've mortgaged my liver for. Those I can imagine happening.

I'd really like a job that pays well and that I feel a part of, or at least paid well enough that I feel obliged to take an interest. It would be nice to reach that point by then.

I should probably stop reading [livejournal.com profile] lucifermourning's posts before I post, because I'm starting to sound like I have no other desires outside of hers! Which of course is ridiculous!

Heh.

Hmm.
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I am currently married to lucifermourning. Hang on, how do those lj tag things go again? Let's see... Aha! Got it: [livejournal.com profile] lucifermourning.

Where was I?

Ah yes, marriage. Our blessed matrimonial state has persisted for two and a half years now, and on the whole it's been very enjoyable. We don't piss each other off too much, neither of us has any unfortunate habits that drive the other one nuts and we share lots of geeky interests in common. What more could one ask for?

Oh, and we love each other to bits of course.
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Long aeons have passed since last I inscribed words upon this journal. Empires have risen and fallen, mountains have crumbled and turned to dust, and the 227 bus to Staines has come by at least 3 times.

And lo, urizen has risen.

And of course, what better way to justify a return to LJ than a me-me?

day 1 - your current relationship; if single discuss how single life is.
day 2 - where you’d like to be in 10 years.
day 3 - your views on drugs and alcohol.
day 4 - your views on religion.
day 5 - a time you thought about ending your own life.
day 6 - write 30 interesting facts about yourself.
day 7 - your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality.
day 8 - a moment you felt the most satisfied with your life.
day 9 - how you hope your future will be like.
day 10 - discuss your first love and first kiss.
day 11 - put your ipod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.
day 12 - bullet your whole day.
day 13 - somewhere you’d like to move or visit.
day 14 - your earliest memory.
day 15 - your favourite tumblrs.
day 16 - your views on mainstream music.
day 17 - your highs and lows of this past year.
day 18 - your beliefs.
day 19 - disrespecting your parents.
day 20 - how important you think education is.
day 21 - one of your favourite shows.
day 22 - how have you changed in the past 2 years?
day 23 - give pictures of 5 guys who are famous who you find attractive.
day 24 - your favourite movie and what it’s about.
day 25 - someone who fascinates you and why.
day 26 - what kind of person attracts you.
day 27 - a problem that you have had.
day 28 - something that you miss.
day 29 - goals for the next 30 days.
day 30 - your highs and lows of this month
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http://www.xkcd.com/

For all you Agricola fans out there...
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8210000/8210394.stm

Edit:
Ok, not quite, but still big enough that I wouldn't want to meet one in a dark alley at night...

Also, that volcano crater is filled with awesome critters!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8241000/8241536.stm
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Anybody want two months free trial for Lovefilm DVD rental? They've sent me a couple of special offer cards.

Give me a shout if you're interested.
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Coraline - Spectacularly, brilliantly creepy! Suits the style of animation perfectly.
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Dammit, I really wish I could get away with watching this with the sound on at work! Oh well, guess I'll put it here for later.

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For those who thought the first Atheist bus slogan was too wussy... here's a suggestion for the next!

http://richarddawkins.net/article,3567,Science-flies-you-to-the-moon--Religion-flies-you-into-buildings,Victor-Stenger
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Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you are, have ever been, or will ever be, in a heterosexual marriage and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.
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Right, I'm definitely going to have a go at finding old mage reports and the like and making them available to those who are interested.

This is, however, no small task - there's many reports and hundreds of related e-mails, so it's going to take me a while to sort it all out!

I'll try and make stuff available over yahoo or google or something when I've started getting stuff sorted.
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You just know it won't be long until the first bodies turn up on campus, impossibly aged...

The Chronophage has been unleashed!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7625815.stm
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I'm getting married tomorrow...

When did that get so soon?
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