Archive for the ‘Rationalism’ Category

Rhymes with Sewage, Part 3: I’m Starting to Regress

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

(From Cafe Press) [In Part 2, I told you about my adventures at the 2004 New Living Expo. I had a Kirlian photograph made, but it (and my $50) was being held hostage at one of the vendor booths.] I wandered around the newage fair for the rest of the day. There were panels on […]

Rhymes with Sewage, Part 2: Get Your Photography Curled

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

(Image from Wikipedia) [In Part 1, I told you how I enjoy exploring the fringes. Sometimes I actually discover something that works (Hypnosis. Hubba hubba!).] The first time I went to the newage fair was in 2003 or 2004. As I mentioned yesterday, it was partly to see if I could find the little bit […]

Rhymes with Sewage, Part 1: Eating Sushi

Monday, May 31st, 2010

(From Zazzle) Earlier this month, I went to the “New Living Expo” in San Francisco. In plainer terms, it was a new-age fair. Or, as Penn Jillette would pronounce it, “newage” (rhymes with “sewage”). I had been to one of these before, probably in 2004, so I was overdue to return. The tricky thing about […]

Depression Will Ensue

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Last Saturday, I went to a new age fair (for the lulz). It actually wasn’t nearly as funny as I thought it would be. Sure, it had its moments, but overall I came away depressed. We’re a truly pathetic species. We believe some incredibly far-fetched crap. Stuff that couldn’t be even remotely true. But we […]

San Francisco Green Festival

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Last Saturday, I went to the San Francisco Green Festival. This is my story. The experience actually began as I was walking from BART to the Concourse Exhibition Center. I saw this spray-painted onto an overpass support: Why do people do that? Is their message so important that they have to deface public property? Do […]

A Fast Threesome

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

(Image from 9Gag) I have three quick notes worth mentioning this morning. Note 1: Oops! I found this amusing inconsistency over at Futility Closet: In The City of God, Augustine raises a curious question: How did Methuselah survive the flood? According to the Septuagint, the patriarch was 355 years old when Noah was born, and […]

129th Skeptics’ Circle: How the Discovery Channel has Fallen

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

(Super-awesome photograph by Ron Britton) I haven’t been trying to neglect the blog lately. I was hoping to cut back to two or three articles per week, not two or three weeks per article. It’s amazing how merely re-prioritizing the blog from #1 hobby to #2 hobby has robbed it of so much attention. The […]

Skeptics’ Circle Number 127; Skeptic Fail #10

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

[I wrote this article last night, then decided not to run it. I was going to rewrite it this morning with just a mention of the carnival and a recommendation for another article. However, the last two comments made me decide to run this as is. The article only addresses those comments peripherally, but it […]