Monday, December 8, 2008

28 Years

My sorrow will always be fresh. 28 years ago today.

Newgrass Revival Reunion?

Despite this,
Sam Bush and former members of New Grass Revival and The Bluegrass Alliance will meet in Louisville on December 13, 2008 to announce a major concert event at Louisville's Galt House to benefit American Cancer Society, to be held March 6, 2009.
I am not optimistic. Nowhere in the article do I see the names Pat Flynn or Bela Fleck.

Not to put too fine a point on it, unless it's the Newgrasss lineup from New Years' Eve 1989, it ain't the Newgrass Revival.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A War on Christmas, 2008

Washington State's nativity display has an addition this year, a placard placed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group of atheists and agnostics. The sign is brief, “There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

As you might expect, the charitable, love-thy-neighbor Christians became righteously offended at the state's permission for a contradictory point of view.
It's funny that atheists typically try to put forth their idea mostly by putting down religion. Much like an insecure bully that puts down someone else to make themselves look better.

The best is yet to come. When the state facility hosting the nativity and atheist display opened Friday morning, the atheist sign was gone, stolen. Later Friday morning, the sign was dropped off at a country music radio station, whose DJ recipient observed the hypocrisy of Christian theft as a form of protest.
Of the sign turning up at the station, [DJ Ichabod] Caine said: "First you think: No way this happened. ... That's sort of funny on one level."

But what happened was stealing, Caine said, and "certainly, because we know 'thou shalt not .steal,' don't steal a sign."
What's next? Why, a circus, of course.
There are requests for other displays as well. Someone applied to put up a "Festivus" pole in honor of the invented holiday featured in the 1990s sitcom "Seinfeld." Another person wants to create a religious-themed "balloon display.
A demonstration will be held this weekend, presumably to further defend the vast Christian majority from the awful harm and threat posed by the less-than-10% of Americans who admit to being atheist or agnostic.

The entertainment potential looks to be reliable. Too bad we only have a couple of weeks of these antics ahead. I can't wait for the Flying Spaghetti Monster's contribution.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Pownce R.I.P.

Got this email today, after I already heard the news from Techmeme, Techcrunch, inter alia:
We are sad to announce that Pownce is shutting down on December 15,
2008. As of today, Pownce will no longer be accepting new users or new
pro accounts.

It took me a few minutes to recall I had a Pownce account. The site never seemed to have a functional focus, was eclipsed by FriendFeed, and never had the same community potential as Twitter. I guess Kevin Rose isn't the good tech luck talisman Digg made him seem to be.

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