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(a)theists don’t own this time of year

Once more into the breach…

I’m not inclined, for once, to meet Rant with Rant. That said, I am inclined to comment because I think there is a need for reasonable discussion about that must NEVER be a taboo subject. Let’s start with a little textbite:

and told me she was an Atheist. Blah blah blah. She can’t take a joke and I couldn’t care less about the rest of the argument. My boyfriend is an Atheist and he doesn’t bitch and moan about people doing their thing during this season, he was brought up with religion in his life and endured education in the Catholic school system as an atheist. I have nothing against religion or atheism. I poke fun at it from time to time (and I also poke fun at myself), but I totally understand why people don’t believe in anything. Some people just can’t. I thought I was into atheism for the longest time until I realized what it was really all about, it didn’t quite fit the description of how I felt.

– BOOHOO: Whiney Atheist Doesn’t Celebrate Christmas

An image on the blog post hits at the same point too, a misconception that Atheism is a “belief in nothing”. Hardly. the literal meaning of the word, care of how English works, is basically a belief that there are no gods (or a God). Google helps with some definitions and sources thereof: define:atheism


The Disney-esque Ethics of Dietary Lifestyle

Wow, that post title really sucks. I’m not sure how else to capture what I’m trying to get across though. I’ve taken to refer to the belief that somehow eating meat is Evil and eating plants is Good as “Disney ethics”. You know what I’m talking about. Childrens’ programming is the worst for this, and I’m including classic cartoons in that category. Have you noticed how the cat, fox, wolf, carnivorous dinosaur, and other meat-eating creatures are almost always the bad guys? That is certainly true of Disney stuff. Has the constant barrage of entertainment media, “health” programming, and various other sources convinced you that somehow eating meat is unethical?

If so, congrats; you’ve been suckered by Disney ethics. (more…)

XBL customer service fail WTF?!

Microsoft and I have been getting along really well the last several years, and even with my love of all things UNIXy, I’ve also been a big advocate for the awesome things going on in Redmond related to infosec.

In that context, imagine my surprise to discover the way that XBL (Xbox Live) treats their customers… especially an owner of a few Xbox 360s since launch. A few? Of right… ya. I’m looking at my fourth Xbox 360 right now, one of the pre-HDMI version. 2 Red Rings of Death and 1 optical drive failure. That’s not why I’m pissed off. Microsoft did the right thing, they extended warranties, etc. All my failed consoles have been replaced under warranty. So kudos for that, XBL folks.

That brings us to how you fail. (more…)