The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
—  The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins (born on this day in 1941)
Happy would be 86th Birthday Leonard Simon Nimoy!! "I have been and always shall be your friend."

(March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015) Thank you for all the great memories and your performance as Spock, the best TOS character and Vulcan out there. You changed many lives for the better. You were a talented actor in numerous movies and shows, a loving father and husband, and you loved your photography. I’m so glad you were born today and your legacy keeps living on. 

First I would like to say thank you. Thank you for not only being a great YouTuber, but also for being a wonderful, kind, and sweet human being. The lives that you have touched in your life and career are countless and we are all here for you! May you never lose that part that drives you.
I do have a question, and I hope you don’t find it too much to do. I have a friend, Jesse, whose 18th birthday is coming up on April 6th. I have listened to him talk about how much he admires you and how he looks up to you as a role model, which you are a great one, by the way. When you upload videos, I will sometimes see Jesse post screenshots on Snapchat of the video. He had told me that you have taught him many valuable lessons and that he wouldn’t be where he is now without you or your content.
Mark, would you be willing to make a small recording of you telling my friend happy birthday? I hope it’s not too much to ask, and I would totally understand if it is, since you’re an incredibly busy person! I want to surprise him with the fact that you know who he is and that YOU wish him a great birthday. I feel that a recording of you would blow his mind because you are his idol. It would mean a lot to him.
Thank you so much, Mark, for taking the time to read this post, and I hope that you are having a wonderful day filled with love and contentment.
Anthony B.


Looking Backward, Edward Bellamy (born on this day in 1850)

First published in 1888, Looking Backward was one of the most popular novels of its day. Translated into more than 20 languages, its utopian fantasy influenced such thinkers as John Dewey, Thorstein Veblen, Eugene V. Debs, and Norman Thomas. Writing from a 19th century perspective and poignantly critical of his own time, Bellamy advanced a remarkable vision of the future, including such daring predictions as the existence of radio, television, motion pictures, credit cards, and covered pedestrian malls. - Amazon

My birthday weekend.

I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve such extraordinary people in my life, but man, I’ve got the best.

@amft rounded up friends and kayaks and we floated in the lake and watched the sun set, the colors change, and darkness settle over the lake. It was followed by the best stars I’ve ever seen in my small town. 13 kayaks, my daughter and friends. It couldn’t have been better.

I’m the luckiest.