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These are just some of the posts that I’m most pleased with, for a variety of reasons – perhaps because I thought the content was most helpful, maybe because I just liked how the writing came together – whatever. They’re in all categories, and sorted only chronologically.

Flashback – A story from my past work in an animal shelter.
Category: Random

Almost made history – Adventures of an intrepid nature photographer.
Categories: Humor, Nature, Photography

Communicating science – Some thoughts on improving the appeal and acceptance of science among kids (and adults.)
Categories: Critical Thinking, Science & Evolution

On composition, part six – Recognizing what camera and shooting position can do for composing images.
Categories: Composition, Nature, Photography

Dealing with the real world – Rebutting an article on the “war” between science and religion.
Categories: Continued From Other Blogs, Critical Thinking, Reference, Science & Evolution

The most important thing you’ll ever read – The title is a little tongue-in-cheek, since it deals with suggestibility and objectivity.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference

Hooray! I scored a “Not Negative!” – Examining the peculiar concept of null evidence.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference, Science & Evolution

Respect – An attempt to stop the horrible abuse of this word.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Rants, Reference

Odd memories, part five – You think starting religious education early is a benefit?
Categories: Humor, Random

Full of sound and fury – I’m not sure if this is wielding sarcasm as a razor or a bludgeon. But it was still necessary.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Humor, Reference

Too cool, part 10: Bang! – The wonderful evolved mechanism of the pistol shrimp.
Categories: Nature, Photography, Science & Evolution, Too Cool

Does science lead to atheism? – A loaded question, and a fully-loaded answer.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference, Science & Evolution

Odd memories, part six – Pointless reminiscing about being a destructive little boy.
Categories: Humor, Random

Cultural blind spot – What the hell is it about alcohol, anyway?
Categories: Critical Thinking, Rants

The exception proves to rule – Reason, rationality, and why these should never be factors in an argument.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference

But how? Part five: Life! – Sometimes we accept perspectives without examining them too closely.
Categories: But How?, Critical Thinking, Reference, Science & Evolution

To make magic – disappear! – I’m proud to be a big meanie.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference, Science & Evolution

Good morning! – Just pics I like.
Categories: Nature, Photography

One good reason – Just a pic I like
Categories: Nature, Photography

The road’s longer than it looks – A critical examination of artificial intelligence.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Science & Evolution

What can you add? – Why eco-tourism isn’t.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Nature, Science & Evolution

All right, am I redeemed slightly? – Just pics I like (but c’mon, it’s a teeny little cute frog…)
Categories: Nature, Photography

Odd memories, part seven – Even Paranoia won’t help.
Categories: Humor, Random

Too smart to be intelligent – One of many reasons why I find philosophy to be of extremely limited usefulness.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference, Science & Evolution

Just because, part six – Just pics I like.
Categories: Nature, Photography, Random

…and part eight – Just a pic I like.
Categories: Nature, Photography

Chasing megapixels – Underachieving cameras… or are they? There’s more to it than image size.
Categories: Astronomy, Photography, Science & Evolution

Much ado about “fucking” – We have strange ideas about what constitutes ‘bad’ language.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Random, Rants

Drama – Just pics I like (with some impressions thrown in.)
Categories: Nature, Photography

Bigger stakes than that – Reflecting on the narrow perspective of Pascal’s Wager
Categories: Critical Thinking, Rants, Reference

Getting there – Just pics I like (but in my defense, some of them were serious accomplishments for me.)
Categories: Nature, Photography

You don’t look a day over eighty – What secular humanism is and why no one ever argues against it.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference, Science & Evolution

I had to – Watching a cooperative praying mantis eat.
Categories: Nature, Photography

All the answers – If that’s so, then I’m still waiting for the replies to these.
Categories: Humor, Random

Booger nights – Absolutely shameless. You have been warned.
Categories: Humor, Nature, Photography

Doing the fartsy thing – Since I don’t do art
Categories: Composition, Nature, Photography

But how? Part 14: Atheology – Considering how much effort is expended on the opposing topic, this is not nearly enough, but I consider it a good start.
Categories: But How?, Critical Thinking, Reference, Science & Evolution

It’s all good for something – A fun day down at the pond.
Categories: Nature, Photography

But what if the third time is the charm? – Pascal’s Wager part three, or, Fine – let’s play by your rules then.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference

I know better – A mixed message about the hazards of lightning photography.
Categories: Nature, Photography

Grading on a curve – A close look at the cultural labels and manipulations that are far too prevalent when it comes to religion.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference

The struggle for an appropriate title – It’s a true story, I’m just the shameless messenger.
Categories: Humor, Random

On the horizon – More on artificial intelligence, including the kneejerk reactions to it.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference, Science & Evolution

But how? Part 17: god’s plan – It isn’t working the way it’s intended.
Categories: But How?, Critical Thinking, Reference

She has a great personality – Probably my favorite photo of the year, and what this says about me is best left unexamined.
Categories: Nature, Photography

A god in every pot – A personal observation about the nature of religious belief, plus I happen to like the writing.
Category: Critical Thinking

Too cool, part 28: Wholly molty! – A lot of photos from The Night of the Molting Arthropods.
Categories: Nature, Photography, Too Cool

Keep coming back to ’em – A return to a favored and curious subject, this time with video!
Categories: Nature, Photography

Some time later – Jim Kramer’s excellent photos of the lunar eclipse of September 27-28th, 2015.
Categories: Astronomy, Frustrations, Photography

The myth of “live and let live” – I think the tag of “prideful cowardice” describes the attitude that’s addressed within this post.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Reference

Cry, “Sexism!” and let loose… – There’s so little sense in the article that it makes the whole movement look stupid.
Categories: Continued from other blogs, Critical Thinking, Reference

If you have to ask… – Asking questions for information, or self-affirmation? These are often two entirely different things.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Rants

I have regrets – There are things that can eat away at your soul, so I suppose it’s a good thing atheists don’t have one.
Categories: Humor, Random

The winter of our blogcontent – Not just photos I like, but examinations and speculation to boot.
Categories: Nature, Photography, Science & Evolution

A tiny bit of diversity – Going in very close to the newborn mantids.
Categories: Nature, Photography

The snakes are taking a beating – Following a nest of red-shouldered hawks.
Categories: Nature, Photography

Too cool, part 30: not even halfway yet – Sure, more mantids, but a neat comparison so it’s okay.
Categories: Nature, Photography, Too Cool

Podcast: The mindset of a nature photographer – Talking about the habits and attitudes of approaching nature photography seriously. With cool pics of course.
Categories: Nature, Photography

Too cool, part 32… and maybe 33 – The animated gif is pretty slick, but there’s something else in there…
Categories: Astronomy, Nature, Photography, Science & Evolution, Too Cool

Been saving this abstract – Just a pic I like.
Categories: Because it’s a blog, Nature, Photography

Of matters big and small – Sure, it’s opinion, and a rant, but perhaps still capable of stirring some consideration.
Categories: Critical Thinking, Rants, Reference

Too cool, part 35: A modicum of successSomewhat reaching one of my goals… plus video!
Categories: Nature, Photography, Science & Evolution, Too Cool

And I’d like to thank the Academy – This is my idea of fun, so you’ve been warned.
Categories: Nature, Photography

Doctor Domoore – Evolution of my attitude towards animals and wildlife; I’d like to think my current perspective is the most beneficial now…
Categories: Amateur Naturalist, Critical Thinking, Random

The week of mellow – This is actually part one of three posts regarding a beach trip that was quite satisfying, and productive from a photography standpoint; parts two and three follow almost immediately thereafter (or go here and here.)
Categories: Nature, Photography, Video

Plague me not, amphibian! – Then there came a breeking, steady creaking, squeaking ‘yond my window pane.
Categories: Nature, Photography, Random

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