Dan Johnson

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Dr. Accommodationist or: How I Should Learn to Shut Up and Love the Religious Moderates

(with sincere apologies to Stanley Kubrick.) I recently read DuWayne Brayton’s blog post “Just Who Are We Accommodating and Why Should I Participate?“. DuWayne’s post responds to an issue regarding atheists and the accommodation of persons who profess a religious faith, yet say that they also accept evolution. This reconciliation of science (evolution in particular) …

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Yet Another Cover

I mentioned something about an artist taking a song originally recorded by another artist and making it their own. That’s what this one is for me. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding was written and originally recorded by English musician Nick Lowe. The best known recording of the song, however is by Elvis …

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HDR Photograph with CHDK – Raccoon Skull

Raccoon skull with HDR

I must admit that I’m not much of a photographer. I do, however, have a digital camera that I like to play around with. I based my camera purchase partly on the ability of the camera to run CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit). This software greatly enhances the capabilities of the camera, including saving in …

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Yay! More cover songs!

Yes, still more cover songs. Every band out there probably comes to the decision that they too can do a good version of one of their favorite songs. Some of them are right, and some of them are dreadfully wrong. First up is one that I enjoy for a couple of reasons. On reason is …

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Tagged with the “Cover” meme – Thanks, DuWayne (I think)

Now I’ve been tagged with the “cover” meme, thanks to DuWayne at Traumatized by Truth. The biggest problem I have is that there are so many cover versions of songs that I really love. It’s hard to choose one that I think as best. Of course, I know of several that I could choose as …

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The Death of Dr. George Tiller

Dr. George Tiller

On May 31st, 2009, Dr. George Tiller, a physician from Wichita Kansas and the director of a women’s health care clinic in Wichita, was shot and killed during services at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita where he was serving as an usher. My most sincere condolences go to his family and friends. The responses of …

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Say ‘Hello’ to my little friend

Bold Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax)

Yesterday afternoon when I got home, there was a visitor waiting for me. My wife had informed me of his presence prior to my arrival, so I was not unprepared. This is commonly called a Bold Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax). They are easily identified both by their relatively large size (13 to 20 mm long) …

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O, Hai Internets!

Welcome to Relatively Unrelated! I’ve just gotten things started with my WordPress installation, installing related plugins, etc., so there isn’t much here yet. I’ll be transferring a couple posts here later today from my temporary blog location. My apologies for not having a good theme set up yet, but that’s what this weekend is for. …

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Minimalist jet-powered flight

In my previous post I mentioned Yves Rossy. Most of you probably haven’t heard of him. As the video below shows, he takes a somewhat different approach than the base-jumpers. Yves developed and built a system comprising a back pack with rigid carbon-fiber wings with a span of about 2.4 meters (7.9 ft), powered by …

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Did you ever want to fly?

Did you ever want to fly? No, not in a plane, or a balloon, or a dirigible. I mean really fly. I watched this video and thought that this is as close as a person can get right now to really being able to fly (though Yves Rossy comes pretty close too).