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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-03-10 04:52
Subject: [links] Link salad is a day tripper
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Tags:books, culture, funny, personal, polls, publishing, religion, tech, writing
The when did you get published poll (with discussion in comments): [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Some results (with more discussion): [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

scarlettina with more on the St. John's bible project

Cliff's Notes: the Manga Edition — (Thanks to sheelangig.)

Our Own DevicesWhy we love the machines we shouldn't.

Shifting religious identities — Faith is apparently on the decline. More here. I have trouble seeing this as bad news, given that I'm an atheist and a rationalist. (Snurched from someone on Twitter, but I've lost the source.)

?otD: How long has it been since you found out?

Body movement: 60 minute session with trainer
This morning's weigh-in: 219.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Watchmen by Alan Moore etc.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: bondo_ba
Date: 2009-03-10 13:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, the religion one is logical. Religion was created as a way to explain natural phenomena and as a way to give solace in the face of life's uncertainties.

As science explains volcanos and eclipses, and psychology and medicine advance, there is less and less need for religion in today's society. Result: declining numbers of faithful.
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Somewhat Bent: Tea and Books
User: ladyallyn
Date: 2009-03-10 14:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Tea and Books
Oh... the page widget for the sjbible is the coolest thing since shirt pockets! I've been aware of this project for some years -- it's nice to see the progress.
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John A Pitts
User: bravado111
Date: 2009-03-10 14:44 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Gadgets
I was expecting a vibrator pun. :)
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2009-03-10 15:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The religion survey is flawed. It's too small a sample size to be indicative of anything. 200,000 people is about 2% of the population of New York City, and a bare smudge on America's overall population. More than half of the responses were obtained in the original survey in 1990, and the other smaller share more recently.

Most of the articles on it have provacative headlines, thus feeding the media attention, but overall, the survey has no real relevance.
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User: ramblin_phyl
Date: 2009-03-10 16:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Is that a decline in Faith or a decline in attendance to organized religion. There is a difference. A BIG difference that religious organizers don't like to acknowledge.
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Ted: Recon Scribe: suit
User: tedrick_james
Date: 2009-03-10 16:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mmm, you remind me that my iBook is coming back from the computer hospital.

Even if it were a more significant study, I wouldn't be surprised at the shifting religious identities (even if we weren't in a Recession) - a lot of my friends have started coming out as atheists, particularly atheists who study tao and/or zen, which... rather delights me. And makes me feel less alone for identifying as pagan but without any sort of god figure.
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