Saturday, February 20, 2010

Jabberwocky! Disney Has Hit with Alice in Wonderland

I got to see the press screening of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland this past Thursday at the El Capitan.  All I can say is I don’t want to live in Pandora, I want to live in Wonderland!  To me this movie is much better than Avatar on so many levels.  Truth be told, I didn’t like Avatar at all, I know, I’m the lone voice of dissent on that one.

This trailer doesn’t do the movie justice but it’s all I’ve got to show you.  I can’t wait to see it at an IMAX.  Movie comes out March 5.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Berkeley Webcast/Podcast of Courses

Snagged from philosphybites

You can download full courses, some in mp3 and some are video files.  Here is the 2009 Fall semester list, to change years use the dropdown, right hand side of the page.  Philosophy, science, psychology, etc.

Valentine's Day Facts: Gifts, History, and Love Science

National Geographic has a great write-up on Valentines Day.

Rest at the site

Where did Valentine's Day come from? (Think naked Romans, paganism, and whips.) What does it cost? And why do we fall for it, year after year? Read on.

Valentine's Day History: Roman Roots

More than a Hallmark holiday, Valentine's Day, like Halloween, is rooted in pagan partying. (See "Halloween Facts: Costumes, History, Urban Legends, More.")

The lovers' holiday traces its roots to raucous annual Roman festivals where men stripped naked, grabbed goat- or dog-skin whips, and spanked young maidens in hopes of increasing their fertility, said classics professor Noel Lenski of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Birthday to Thomas Paine…And Me!

So today is my birthday and I’m spending it in a neck brace.  For anyone who was on the 405 South yesterday I apologize, even though it was not my fault.

Today is also Thomas Paine’s birthday and the LA Atheism Examiner, Hugh Kramer, has posted some great articles on one of my favorite free thinkers.

Thomas Paine Part I, Part II, and Part III

Some of my favorite quotes from TP

“The christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun.”

“Mingling religion with politics may be disavowed and reprobated by every inhabitant of America.”

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”

“The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.”

Christopher Hitchens on Thomas Paine (this is the first video, the others are at YouTube)

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Friends Drawing of Darwin

By my friend Bill who up until a few months ago could barely draw a stick figure!

Darwin_By_BillHM

Sunday, January 10, 2010

9 The Movie

I am a huge Tim Burton fan, so when I saw that 9 was available for download on my PS3 I was sooo excited!  I was not disappointed. 

Some atheists may have problems with the parts of the ‘soul’ concept in the movie.  I don’t want to give anything away but I viewed this not as parts of a soul but attributes that humans possess, at least this human.  The need to be part of a whole (even if that whole is only 2 people), sacrificing yourself for another or for a greater good, curiosity – the what will happen if I touch this, love, fear of the unknown, I could go on.  My SO didn’t get a lot of the deeper themes in the movie, he said he just enjoyed the animation – which was awesome!

Rarely do I buy DVD’s, once I’ve seen a movie that’s really it for me, but I think this is going on my wish list for my birthday.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Alien Evidence In Religious Art

At first I thought this was a joke, but these people believe that there is REAL evidence of aliens in many famous pieces of religious art.  Talk about Pareidolia, these people need to get out more.