Paul Jackson Is No Einstein

The Friendly Atheist points out the ignorance spewed in the article Atheist author no Einstein:

Paul Jackson [the article’s author] has a lot of say about Richard Dawkins and The God Delusion. Unfortunately for him, it’s almost all wrong.

I find it hard to fathom why a newspaper would allow such asinine, biased views to be published. The article serves no purpose other than to inflame those already inflamed by Dawkins’ views. It’s sad. It suggests that Jackson didn’t even read the book.

Wikipedia lists intelligent reviews of the book, whether you agree with their opinions or not.

Cheap C To D Battery Convertor

Quick hack: The $1 C-to-D adapter:

You want to power your gizmo that runs on D cells, but all that you have handy are C cells… you can solve this problem by using the C cell and making up the battery length difference with a few quarters— typically three or four.

I haven’t tried it. Will the voltage difference screw up the electronic device? I’d give it a go, though.

I’m A Millionaire!

I can finally quit my job and work on Steel White Table full-time! I received this email today:

I am BARRISTER MENTUS EDEN the Attorney to your late uncle Engr.J.B .CAIRNS (Snr) a contractor with the Federal Government of lome-togo,until his death last two years ago in political crisis in Abidjan capital of Cote d’Ivoire,He Banked with Standard Trust Securities,lome-togo and had a closing balance as at the end of September, 2005 worth US$10.500,000.00(Ten Million Five hundred thousand United States Dollars).
Now it is left for you to deceide on what you will give me as my percentage for assisting you in this claim.I hope to hear from you soon or call me immediately you receive this mail on this phone number +228-99-121-99.


“228” is for Togo, Africa. I didn’t know I had relatives in Africa. Whatever!

I Need Two Friends

canada passportI’m filling in the online application for a Canadian passport and I’m at the References section:

The persons indicated as references may be contacted to confirm your identity.
Provide names and contact information for TWO individuals that meet the following requirements:
– have known you for at least TWO years,
– are not related to you.

Who wants to pretend to be my friend? No compensation will be provided.

Update (July 20, 2007): I received my passport today.