The Pokey Finger of God

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  • A Worthy Death

    A Worthy Death

    Prisons exist for retribution, not rehabilitation, as the regular violence against prisoners shows. We need to get out of the business of warehousing and traumatizing people that really just need social support.

  • Stupefied

    Stupefied

    The MAGA cult is every bit as dangerous and violent as the 4th century Christian cult, and is embedded in enough centers of authority to have the potential to ignite a civil war. The degree of calamity we face is extreme, especially if the precedents are followed to their natural conclusion.

  • Tugging at the Pillars

    Tugging at the Pillars

    Fascist and authoritarian movements derive great power and authority from Christianity, and this is why we need to move to a post-Christian culture in the US.

  • Unregulated Predatory Capitalism

    Unregulated Predatory Capitalism

    You’re not broken, you’re being artificially restricted by rules designed to make the wealthy richer and crush the poor. It makes it hard to breathe, which makes it hard to think, and you don’t have the energy to fight against the system – as intended. It’s like a great dragon upon its hoard, throwing fire…

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  • History

    The idea that someone has captured the truth of a period of time in a page or chapter of a book is cloyingly sweet. You want it to be true. We need it to be possible. There it is, without question or variation, and it reads the same to us every time. We pretend that…

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  • Ides of March

    Ides of March

    The Ides of March has become the lead in to a host of jokes, but there’s a lesson from history here worth considering.

  • The Philistine and the Poet

    The Philistine and the Poet

    The story of David and Goliath plays an interesting role in the second verse of the Book of Mark, by identifying a specific localization of Yahweh, the God of War.

  • Icon and Text

    Icon and Text

    The mythology of the Bible is a set of stories told about what the Bible says or means, and these stories reflect elements of a creed […] Most of what is written in a creed isn’t actually in the Bible. Yet it is the creed that defines the denomination. Thus the iconic Bible represents not…


Reframing the Gospels

This project is an analysis of the Gospel text in the context of a Rome-focused history of the early church. As elements are encountered in the text, a note is created here and appended to as needed. In the Reader’s Notes are the verse-by-verse translations, discussions, and contextualization. The anticipated result is a more fluid work that would encompass at least the first three Gospels in a comparative work.

  • Politics & Current Events

    The world is a crazy place, and sometimes I can’t stop writing about it. From the perspective of a pagan, a technologist, a historian, or just an American, here I yeet my therapeutic rants and philosophical discourses on the state of mankind.

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  • Entomovention

    Entomovention

    It’s become obvious to everyone that there are many fewer insects around than there used to be, but we can’t say it’s the end of the world for insects. We actually have no idea.

  • Worms on the Brain

    Worms on the Brain

    The unlikely saga of RFK Jr.

  • 3D Morality

    3D Morality

    Filament has the potential for becoming extraordinarily useful, and 3D printing allows us to use filament in intricate ways we’ve never been able to build before. At the same time, it can be extraordinarily wasteful and can allow us to burn through resources faster than ever before.


  • Adventures in 3D

    I bought my first 3D printer in 2018, and began a hobby that has given me a great deal of joy. That first printer was janky and loud: it provided opportunities to learn everything about how 3D printers are built as I made it quiet and generally reliable through my replacing all of the essential…

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  • The Second Hot End

    The Second Hot End

    A continuation of my adventures with an Ender 5 S1 printer, and eight new projects.

  • 3D Morality

    3D Morality

    Filament has the potential for becoming extraordinarily useful, and 3D printing allows us to use filament in intricate ways we’ve never been able to build before. At the same time, it can be extraordinarily wasteful and can allow us to burn through resources faster than ever before.

  • The First Hot End

    The First Hot End

    My 3D printer experiences, including my recently purchased Creality Ender 5 S1, and a catalog of what I’ve made with it so far.


  • Paganism, Faith & Spirituality

    Essays on religions, old and new, in theory and practice. Modern pagan practice through a lens of archeology and archetypes. When religion is freed from the shackles of fascism, it becomes a weapon for freedom and truth and a cloak against lies and propaganda.

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  • Beltane Meditation

    Beltane Meditation

    This is when we again take that baton of life from past generations and hand it forward to the next. This is how we touch the past and fuel the future. This is a celebration of life, of living, of moving along that part of the wheel where we celebrate the miracle of regeneration.

  • Icon and Text

    Icon and Text

    The mythology of the Bible is a set of stories told about what the Bible says or means, and these stories reflect elements of a creed […] Most of what is written in a creed isn’t actually in the Bible. Yet it is the creed that defines the denomination. Thus the iconic Bible represents not…

  • Meditation: Veils and Worlds

    Meditation: Veils and Worlds

    This is traditionally the time when we anticipate the “opening of the veil”: which is a time when we can better share our energies with our friends and family who have passed to that “other world”. While this explanation serves the many who celebrate this type of ritual, there are rationalists who find all this…