Twinkie Gate, Engagements, and Lollipops

It’s been an exciting, sad, and creepy week for us. That Heathen Girl and I got engaged (Same weekend two other awesome people I know got engaged), Twinkies will be no more (from Hostess) and an awesome discovery of something so insanely creepy.

Let’s first look at this very informative image about Hostess:

 

That really says a lot. This company has had nothing but failures, greedy CEO’s, and complete lack of caring for their employees. I’d love to see all the behind-the-scene plays that was done in board rooms. Sure their food wasn’t very healthy for the body, but man oh man did a twinkie make you feel good mentally. They were good stuff. A lot of memes are floating around the interwebs like this one:

Of course America had nothing to do with it, but the coincidence of timing is pretty humorous.

Now onto awesomeness. That Heathen Girl and I got engaged on the 8th of November! We spent three days in a secluded cabin in Upstate Arkansas to consummate our engagement. We were going to go to Skepticon 5 that weekend, but you know what? Love is more important than a secular convention. JT Eberhard got the best of both worlds when he proposed on-stage. Way to go JT and Michaelyn!

That’s us enjoying our Cabin (ironically titled “Morning Star”) at Silver Run Cabins. If you ever think about a log cabin getaway… this place has cabins of all shapes and sizes. I would highly recommend booking your next getaway with them!

Last, but not least… Take this Lollipop! I won’t spoil it for you, but it is the creepiest thing you have ever seen. Brilliant, just brilliant.

-The Secular Nerd

Obama’s Victory for the Future

It has been such a very long and hard campaign. Facebook ablaze every day with Romney’s antics, fact checks, and some good old fashioned poking fun pictures. Thank the flying spaghetti monster it’s all over. There were quite a few victories on the 6th, for a country divided in two. What does this mean though, for the red states?

My opinion on this, based on being in a red state (Arkansas), is that it’s time to either get with the program, or be left in the dark ages. Marijuana became legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington last night, while medical Marijuana was blocked in the south (Arkansas) by people with pitch forks. Yes it’s an exaggeration, but I’d be lying if I said they didn’t have anything in their hand (the bible) while they made that choice to block medical marijuana from people who could greatly benefit from its uses.

A good friend and co-worker of mine has a daughter, who is going through the harsh lifestyle of treating cancer. The synthetic cannabis that she uses has been helping her get through it, in the ways that it can. If Marijuana was legal for medical purposes, it could of helped thousands of people dealing with glaucoma, cancer, and more. I wonder sometimes, if these people who are so greatly against it, are so blinded by their faith, that they forget about everyone else around them. I think a lot has to do with experience.

My good friend is religious, yet he strongly supports medical marijuana. Why? Because he’s compassionate. Because he’s living with the worry every night, for his daughters recovery. That’s just one man, and one person, out of thousands upon thousands of others every day, worried for their loved ones or friends. It’s almost in comparison to preventing people from getting flu shots, because X god will take care of those people. If it’s “his” will to take that person to heaven, then people accept that. Instead of preventing that person from getting sick in the first place, or treating the illness, people commit legal murder every day.

I stayed away from Facebook until Obama’s victory speech, because I was sick of the politics, sick of the bashing, sick of the worrying. It’s over now. We have four more years to stick with the plan, rebuild America, move it forward, and make red states realize that child abuse, legal murder, and bigotry has to go. I’m going back to my secular humanism side now, and dumping my militant tendencies since the election is over, and rational people got what the country needed. Now it’s time to focus locally.

-The Secular Nerd

23 Things No One Cares About But You

I recently stumbled across this site, which is called Thought Catalog. It has brought up some very interesting observations, that I would love to see more research into. A lot of people have issues with self-esteem, and perhaps the exploration of this might help the process of gaining confidence. I list the 23 things no one cares about but you, and with them my own opinion/thought behind them.

1. Thinking that the people watching you cross the street from inside their cars are judging your face, clothing or the way you walk
(I never felt this… I suppose I was more worried about getting ran over)

2. Worrying what people think of your Facebook cover photo 
(I did sometimes… I’m rather picky about what I have as my photo)

3. Thinking you’re causing sidewalk congestion by moving to the side to check your phone even though you’re not sure what else to do
(I suppose perhaps in the super market, but never on a sidewalk)

4. Shame that you messed up the dinner you made for yourself last night, meaning you’re not ready to be an adult
(I’ve never felt this way. I just chauked it up to poor culinary experience)

5. Worrying people are wondering what’s up when you change seats on the subway, or think you’re a snob or a jerk or judging them
(I don’t have much in the way of exposure to subways, so never felt this way)

6. Thinking people are still not sure about you after a stupid joke you made a zillion years ago
(I used to worry about certain things or phrases I said, that could of made me look like a weirdo, or worse. Now I just act myself, and if people don’t like it, they can remove themselves from my equation)

7. Accidentally making eye contact with a stranger more than once, meaning you’re a creep
(I’ve actually had someone tell a waitress that I was creeping them out because I made eye contact more than once. Sorry miss! You were setting practically across from me, and I like to stare into space and think!)

8. That the shirt you’re wearing doesn’t fit exactly right, but still looks okay
(I’m kind of a big guy, so up until recently I’ve battled with this. Now I just judge myself in photo’s. Gotta look good for the camera!)

9. What’s in your Netflix queue and what it says about you. You’re a big, burly man and you like “Period pieces featuring strong women from the 1980s,” so what?
(I’m proud to have My Little Pony in my queue. I’m confident in that department. Bronie for life!)

10. How many times you coughed lightly during a conversation
(When I’m tired, I get congested, so I am a little self conscience about others with that)

11. That there are small chips in your manicure so you’re not classy
(If/when I wear nail polish, or have a manicure done, that’s already something other than classy. Who cares what people think about my blue toenails!)

12. The loud sound it made when your pencil snapped in the public or college library that one time, disturbing everyone’s work
(Farts… all I have to say are farts…)

13. If you stared too long at someone’s dog as they walked by. Do they think you’re going to like, steal their dog now?
(That’s a pretty pooch you got there! That’s it, that’s all I’ve ever thought, unless I was looking off into space)

14. That you wore the same dress twice around the same people, and they might think you never change clothes
(Though my ensemble of dresses are zero, I feel that way about my geeky t-shirts. I want them to know I have a wide variety of expressions from Doctor Who to Mario)

15. If you haven’t seen the latest Breaking Bad episode or ever watched Mad Men and you think people will find you out of touch or boring
(Been meaning to catch up to it… I feel more like this about Walking Dead… it’s why I watch it)

16. That you, coincidentally, couldn’t hang out a few times in a row with the same person and now they definitely hate you
(I either hang out, or I don’t. People know I’m a busy man. They know I’m good for it down the road)

17. Accidentally saying “you too” when a server says, “Enjoy your meal.”
(Hah, I’ve done that several times, and I just shrug it off.. had it done to me several times, and most of the time I don’t think anything of it)

18. That you like sports, or don’t like sports. That you have a favorite team or don’t have a favorite team. That’s all on your own time.
(I’m a nerd… The only sports I care about are Quiddich and Magic: The Gathering tournaments)

19. How nerdy or not nerdy or cool and uncool you were in high school. It’s over, no one cares about high school anymore.
(Being that I just had my ten year high school reunion, you wouldn’t believe how many people still judge what happened in High School. Move on people)

20. That tiny pimple only you can see on your cheek, looking somehow HUGE to you in the mirror meaning maybe your mind is playing tricks on you or maybe you can’t actually tell what is noticeable and what isn’t
(Stopped caring about that in my early twenties)

21. The hole in your sweater under your armpit
(Easy scratching access… what that tells me, is that the person is struggling with finances, or they REALLY love that shirt. I have two shirts with holes in the armpits. I wear the shit out of them)

22. If all this worrying is manifesting outside your mind and somehow physically visible on you and to other people
(Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. When I finally broke out of my shell, I realized there is more to this)

23. When you close your door kind of conspicuously and now you’re worried people think maybe you’re doing it so you can look at porn or masturbate or do something freaky and weird
(I grew up in a private family, so whenever the doors were closed, it wasn’t anything to worry about… just spending some alone time)

In conclusion, I still have some of these thoughts. I always end up shrugging them off though, because in the end… who gives a crap? Human beings are the only species that will judge you, or simply not give a damn. I’m guilty of both, but I try to remain humanistic in my thoughts.

-The Secular Nerd