Is Atheism a Fad?

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atheism Is atheism a fad?

I remember growing up and listening to heavy metal music.

Of course, my parents despised it and they would dismissively say that I was going through a fad. They told me and anyone else who would listen that my love affair with hard-rock wouldn’t last.

When they told their friends, they would smirk and tell them that me wearing black and listening to noisy music was just a thing I was going though and I’d grow out of it.

My favorite singer was Ozzy Osbourne.

I am nearly 40 and Ozzy is still my favorite artist, I still like to wear black, and I still listen to noisy music and love every second of it.

Today I read a post that called atheism a ‘phase’ and promised to prove that we would all believe in his deity eventually.

I will try to condense this into “2…

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I’m sorry…

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Autism and expectations

Saying “I’m sorry” doesn’t mean I don’t still have to do the processing.

I know you’re sorry you’re late. You’ve broken a small social contract, and sorry should be enough to mend it, but it’s not the social contract that is troubling me.

You’re sorry you didn’t let me know that plans had changed. You could have, but you didn’t. The sorry should fix any upset caused by your actions, but it’s not the upset that is troubling me.

You’re sorry that you turned up with a couple of extra people, you hope that’s ok, a sorry and a packet of biscuits should cover any change to catering needs, but it’s not the catering issues that are troubling me.

My life is built of stories.

There’s the long story about where I came from, where I’ve been, where I want to go.

There’s the more immediate story of what has…

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Enlisting the Services of a Spellcaster

 

 

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I must admit, I love the atheist group I belong to on Facebook. It reserves as a repository of pieces of pseudoscience that we can all collectively mock in a lighthearted fashion. Today, I was served with a link to a spellcaster named Dr. Ogundu. He sold a collection of spellcasting services that perhaps could assist with my dating woes. Naturally, I sent him an email explaining my plight. For your amusement, I have included the full email I sent below, and it’s a good laugh!

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A Long Overdue Award Acceptance Bonanza!

It has taken me a while to get around to this post, I know. The primary reason of which is because I was juggling school, D&D, and maintaining a regular blogging schedule all at the same time As a result, it just kept getting pushed further and further back. But now I have the time necessary!

With that in mind, let’s get to the awards! I was presented with two awards by my blogging friend Suze. Thank you so much for the award! Let’s start with the Sunshine Award.

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Ok, so let me see if I can answer the questions proposed

1.Which would you choose and why? A vacation alone in the Bahamas or a two-week camping trip with a boy scout troop?

I would pick the Bahamas. I’ve been there before and I definitely wouldn’t mind going back.

2.Explain in your own words (no looking this up) what is the difference between a DVD and Blueray?

The perks of being a tech aficionado! The difference is that a Blu-Ray disc can hold much more data than a DVD. This is facilitated by a blue laser, hence the Blu-Ray.

3. If you could have one of your blog posts go viral, which one would it be and why?

Without a doubt, my most emotionally powerful post in my eyes is Darkest Green. I’ve always found a sharp discrepancy between what I like, what gets seen the most, and what resonates the most with people. So far the post with the most views is my original Dungeons & Dragons post, my weight loss post got the most likes, but I think Darkest Green was my best post so far.

The reason I like it so much is because it speaks to some things I think a lot of millennials go through. It speaks to our disaffection, our dissatisfaction with the status quo. No matter what your political stripe, we’re all very frustrated and scared. It also speaks to our vulnerability, our susceptibility to dangerous ideologies that are recruiting millennial mouthpieces even now. It speaks to their self-destructive nature, with Michael Ruppert being so consumed with the prospect of societal collapse that he ended up dying from suicide as a result. Finally, it speaks to how we can be slowly molded into something that we would never desire to become. Over time, things that our moral compass would tell us to stay away from turn more and more socially acceptable when you have an ideology that justifies them(this is the concept known as the Overton Window). In my case, it was death in Earth’s name.

But it is ultimately hopeful because you can do what I did and walk away from it all.

4. dinner with Genghis Khan or Benjamin Franklin? What would you talk about?

I would pick Benjamin Franklin. What I would like to do is pick his brain on our current state of affairs, I would love to see what the founding fathers would think.

5. If you could be the ruler of the world for one day, what laws would you make? (they can’t ever be changed)

There are a handful of things that I would like to see in my lifetime. The first thing I would do is global nuclear disarmament. The second thing I would do is institute an oil phase-out protocol.

6. You are writing a comedy show for television. what is it’s title and what is it about?

It’s called “The Dungeon Crawl” and it’s like the Big Bang Theory except it’s entirely about a Dungeons & Dragons campaign and its players.

7. You are accepting the award for World’s Best Blog! What do you say in your acceptance speech?

I wouldn’t be posting without the support of my readers. I am grateful for the readers that I have and the helpful comments that I’ve received.

8. Which one is your favorite? Brussel sprouts or cookies? WHY???????

Cookies. I don’t like the taste of Brussel sprouts. Let’s move on.

9. Your local university is sponsoring a special class that only YOU can teach. What are the students going to learn?

Oh, I can’t drop that bombshell that. You’ll have to wait until “Fear and Loathing on the Internet” comes out to figure it out.

10.   Were these the VERY BEST QUESTIONS you have ever been asked? Why or why not? (this is a special credit question…think carefully prior to answering!)

There are some good things about these questions. There aren’t any yes/no questions. But some of these don’t really elicit much of a response from me. The Brussel sprouts or cookies question in particular stood out.

Unfortunately, I can’t nominate the blogger that I was planning on nominating because she already has the award. Therefore, I am going to edit this when I find a suitable blog.

All right, on to the second award.

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Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Take a moment to positively promote the person who nominated you.

2. Display the award on your blog by adding it to your post and/or displaying it using a widget on your page (Save the image to your computer and upload it to your blog post).. Don’t forget to use the tag #MyUltraAward when you make your post!

3. Answer the following MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award questions.

4. Nominate 1-8 blogs that you feel deserve the award and provide links.

5. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here).

6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and provide a link for them to your post.

As with the previous award, I am going to edit this once I find a suitable blog to nominate.

Let’s get to the questions:

What is your name? My full name is Dylan Edward Greene.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start? I have a full article devoted to this, you can view it here.

What are you most proud of? Non-blog related?  As of now, my academic performance has given me access to the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

What are your blogging goals? I want impact. I want someone to take what I have written and think about it. They can accept it, they can reject it, but I want them to think about it.

How do you spend your free time? If I am not doing my homework, I am playing games, watching movies, and planning Dungeons & Dragons sessions.

State five random facts about you.

Let’s go with some of my favorite movies and literature. My favorite book is Frankenstein and one of my favorite movies is Hunchback of Notre Dame.

I have successfully completed two Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, one in 3.5e and one in 5th edition.

I am going to dip my toes into the crazy world of speed dating next week.

I wrote my first book many years ago, which is now out of print.

My main personal weakness is Reese’s cups.

 

To The Moon and Asperger’s Syndrome

 

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As I was going through my Steam library in search of games to play I found myself reminiscing back to a gaming experience I had a while ago. It was a little game called “To The Moon”.
On the surface, the game is an adventure game built in RPG Maker XP. However, it offers an interesting window into two people’s lives and the contrasting elements between them.
The game is a real tearjerker, so I would recommend having a box of tissues beside you as you play. But it’s an invaluable experience and I frequently gift the game to others.
Despite this, it isn’t a game that seems to be discussed at length, at least not as much as a AAA title. So I figured I might as well give it my own interpretation.There will be spoilers, so if you haven’t checked the game out, I’d recommend it!

Dungeons & Dragons, Women, and Grognards

 

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This is somewhat of a follow-up post to my original Dungeons & Dragons article I made some time. It has been my most successful article to date in terms of views, receiving over 2000 since its original posting. However, that visibility meant that it was ripe for receiving hit-and-run comments.

Compared to other platforms, WordPress is pretty mild in terms of nastiness in my experience. Post moderation is robust, the community is very friendly and overall I’ve found it to be a welcoming place.

But, I did receive two comments that I’d like to respond to. Usually, nasty comments for their own sake will just be trashed from the moderation queue. They will never see the light of day.

Initially, I kept these comments public because I wanted to prove that they were around. However, I decided to go back on that because I don’t want to establish that kind of precedent. After this post is up, they will be trashed. All that will be left of them are the screenshots that I took. I am not doing this for their benefit since I don’t think they will be inclined to listen. However, I do believe this might be beneficial in understanding some of the behavioral mechanisms at play for an outside observer.

With that in mind, let’s get started.

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Dungeons and Dragons

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No Love for Fatties

Ok, so when I hear of this game, I instinctively think about nerdy guys sitting around a table all dressed up playing some fantasy role playing game in a school library during their lunch or free period. 

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