Donglegate: Adria Richards, Dongles and Burqas

The firing of Adria Richards this week has something to teach us about power, and how it can backfire. Ms Richards took offence to some off-colour humour she overheard at a PyCon programming conference at Santa Clara California on Sunday. She photographed the perps, and posted the pics to twitter, along with her opinion of their … More Donglegate: Adria Richards, Dongles and Burqas

Richard Dawkins an embarrassment to atheists

Dawkins is not an atheist, he is a rabid anti-theist, which is something altogether different. In fact, Dawkins is an embarrassment to atheism. Articles like this are easy to find: http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/504646-richard-dawkins-is-an-embarrassment-to-atheism This article, by Mark Wallace — found on richarddawkins.net — begins: “I’m an atheist, but I increasingly find that Richard is becoming a costly … More Richard Dawkins an embarrassment to atheists

UFO over Jerusalem?

This article will be short and sweet. Youtube has recently become populated by numerous videos depicting a ball of light descending on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on January 28, 2011. Actually, there were only four videos, and various remixes and combinations of them. Now there is a fifth: mine. But, really, all … More UFO over Jerusalem?

Maui Onion Festival: a secret event for the elite?

I’ve been chasing the elusive Maui Onion for decades, and have recently been closer than ever. But first, some history. Decades ago, I went for a job interview at either the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver or the New Westminster Quay in — you guessed it — New Westminster. I don’t remember which. The job … More Maui Onion Festival: a secret event for the elite?