Am I The Only One Who Thinks The Movie “Avatar” Sucked?

I wanted to write a review of Avatar when I first saw it, but found it so bland and predictable that it wasn’t even worth making fun of at the time. It just felt too much like work to bother, ya know? Then, seeing that a newer, even longer, extra-skippy edition of Avatar is about to be released, I felt someone had to take a stand. Why not me? Consider it a public service announcement for all 8 people who haven’t seen the movie at least twice already. I also saw a rating for it on one of those movie channels I get with my Comcast subscription. It gave Avatar 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. They gave each of the Lord of the Rings movies the same exact rating, if that puts things into perspective for you. Well, I call bullshit on them.

Dudes … seriously … am I really the only who thinks Avatar sucked total rooster balls1? Just in case, I thought I’d tear the movie a new one and find out the hard way. So get your hate mail ready. I can take it, America. Just remember: I’m doing this for you.

You’re welcome.

So now, I ask you: am I really the only one who thinks the movie Avatar sucked big time?

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  1. KFC’s worst addition to their children’s menu ever. Well, maybe.

Screw The Podcast: Here’s A PDF Of My Essay Instead

podcastAfter plugging away on my little essay for some time now, I had hoped to turn it into a podcast that readers could download and listen to. I had even hoped to enlist one or two other ex-Witnesses to help read a few of the parts. (I asked Moxie about that a while ago via email, though I never heard back from her.) But even with a USB connector, it seems I can’t get decent sound with my cardiod microphones anymore. There’s too much hiss, and using hiss reduction creates too many audible artifacts. So…

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Crap. And I was hoping to do a few of these in a series. I’m feeling cheap these days, too, so I don’t know that I’d care to get another microphone just yet.

For now, it seems you must settle for a PDF of my essay, which can be found here. Spread it far and wide, my friends. Complain about it. Etc. It comes complete with illustrations and links, plus a few comments from Austin Cline’s atheism web site.

Some day, I’d actually like to create a book with contributions from others. I’d probably end up giving it away as a PDF. But still, I was hoping to turn it into something like books written by the Daily Show’s staff, only for ex-Witnesses. (I’m talking about those books with Jon Stewart from Comedy Central’s Daily Show.) Maybe it’ll still happen. Ya never know.



Review: The Walking Dead On AMC Part 1

It’s been years since I read the graphic novel series, The Walking Dead. I didn’t consider it the most original story at the time. There were more than a few cliches from the zombie genre, but the stories were good. It was a comic book series, not a movie or a TV show, and a very grownup one at that. So I gave the series big kudos. Now, AMC has brought us The Walking Dead miniseries to TV. And I thought AMC was for old folks still cursing Hollywood for making the talkies in color. Sometimes, it’s good to be proven wrong.

Or is it?

Is AMC’s The Walking Dead good enough to watch? Or is it just another unnecessary interpretation of something cool that only puts everyone to sleep?

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News And Links For Atheists: Bad Apologetic Evangelism

VIDEO: Bad Apologetic Evangelism: The Video

To say that this video is bad is putting it mildly. I’m not even sure what the exact point of her argument is. If the atheist is a 5 year old, it might shake them up a bit. Otherwise, it just seems very condescending and sad. If she had gone just little bit farther, it would have been a funny as hell. Please, someone, poke fun at this video. I guarantee you a link as soon as I hear about it.

VIDEO: Pre-Blessed Food

This one is intentionally funny.

VIDEO: Glenn Beck: “I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet”

Glenn Beck is always hilarious. I think the title says it all, though.

VIDEO: The Poetry of Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson & Richard Dawkins

This one’s pretty cool as far as discussions go. (It’s not a debate.) Tyson pretty much dominates the event.

The thing about these two is that Tyson represents an aspect of irreligion in a way that I actually favor over Dawkins. Yet Dawkins is able to get a message out there through the media by being controversial, even though he also cheeses a lot of people off in the process. I suspect many people only think of Tyson as a scientist with a lot of charisma. I’m not even sure if he’s an atheist or not. When it comes to the question of how one should approach spreading secularism and atheism, what’s an outspoken atheist to do?

Dawkins vs. Timonen

You may remember the flap over the richarddawkins.net forums that happened early this year. Peter Harrison was one of the moderators who felt hard done. At the center of the controversy was a man named Josh Timonen, who ran the official website. It’s apparent that Richard Dawkins trusted him and allowed him free reign.

When in doubt, shout – why shaking someone’s beliefs turns them into stronger advocates

A good thing to keep in mind. Not only for outspoken atheists, but evangelicals at well. I’m looking at you, my in-laws!

Christopher Hitchens: ‘My life is my writing … my children come later’

Morals Without God?

Perhaps it is just me, but I am wary of anyone whose belief system is the only thing standing between them and repulsive behavior. Why not assume that our humanity, including the self-control needed for livable societies, is built into us? Does anyone truly believe that our ancestors lacked social norms before they had religion? Did they never assist others in need, or complain about an unfair deal? Humans must have worried about the functioning of their communities well before the current religions arose, which is only a few thousand years ago. Not that religion is irrelevant — I will get to this — but it is an add-on rather than the wellspring of morality.

Damn right.

Michael Behe’s son has a surprise

What Do New Atheists Actually Believe?

If you feel like being offended and rolling your eyes in frustration, go to the link. You can even offer your own answers to the questions the site poses to atheists, which might make you feel better. If you want to feel better sooner, go here.

Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity draws atheist group

‘Evangelical Atheists:’ Pushing For What?

Last Friday, a New York Times headline declared: “Atheists Debate How Pushy to Be.” This ongoing debate among atheists — “Just how much should we confront the religious?” — is nowhere near resolution.

Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

Believers don’t know belief

This one is really about the pole mentioned in the previous one.