Dan Johnson

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Sorry, Pastor: Atheists Neither Need Nor Want Your Faith

I saw a link posted on Twitter the other day that highlighted something I see all too often regarding faith and atheism. The link was to an opinion piece in the Nipawin Journal, titled “How much faith does it take to be an atheist?.” The short article was written by Pastor Ken Graham of the …

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A Couple More 3D Building Models

Digital model of 212 S First St in Champaign Illinois

I’ve managed to complete a couple more models of local buildings for use in Google Earth. These two models weren’t particularly difficult, but both were difficult to photograph completely. There simply isn’t a way to get good photos of the full sides of some buildings. 212 S. First Street, Champaign The Painters Local 363 and …

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New 3D Model for Google Earth: Binny’s Beverage Depot in Champaign

Google Earth screen capture of Binny's Beverage Depot in Champaign

The latest 3D digital model that I created has gone live in Google Earth (and in their 3D map view, available with the Google Earth plugin for Mac & Windows users). Here’s a screenshot of the model from Google Earth: This model represents Binny’s Beverage Depot‘s newest location, in Champaign, Illinois. I still haven’t been …

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NO LAW respecting an establishment of religion…

The First Amendment and Religion The title of this blog post is from the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The words “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” are commonly known as the Establishment Clause. Together with the Free Exercise Clause, they make up what are …

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HDR Photographs in the Cemetery

Composite image of 7-exposure image stack.

I stopped at a local cemetery the other day to take a few photographs before the sunlight vanished. I took a few regular photos, but what I really had in mind was getting exposure brackets for HDR photos. One of the standard photos turned out fairly well, particularly when desaturated and having the contrast tweaked …

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Shit Stains on the Underwear of Humanity, № 2

This series of posts points out entities I encounter on the Internet which I find to be more ignorant than average, more worthy of a facepalm, and generally unaware of the hideously misguided appearance they present to the Internet at large. This, my second post in the series, highlights an individual I only encountered briefly …

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Back to Building Virtual 3D Models

813 W University Ave Model

Until yesterday, I hadn’t uploaded a building model to Google’s 3D Warehouse since 11 March of this year. I couldn’t quite recall when I created my first 3D model, but my blog reminded me that it was in July of 2009. I have several models in various states of construction. Some of them will require …

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Shit Stains on the Underwear of Humanity, № 1

This is the first in a series of posts regarding entities I encounter on the Internet which are egregiously ignorant, wantonly egotistical, stupendously ill-informed, and other descriptive terms I might come up with. I intend to add to the membership list as I discover new qualifying members. G. W. Monk This particular egotistical douchenozzle pulls …

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My First 360° Panorama Attempt

Panoramic photos have always intrigued me. The techniques used to take such photos have changed with the introduction of high-tech digital photography and processing capabilities. I decided to try my hand at a full-range panorama. Prairie grass near Urbana Dog Park in USA I took 53 sets of 3 photographs each for this project. I …

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Blasphemy Day 2011

Happy Blasphemy Day! Yes; it’s that time of year again. Let the shameless blasphemers raise their voices in decrying the ignorance and stupidity of any laws against that thing some call blasphemy. I’m lucky to be living in the United States, where the thing some people call blasphemy is not against the law. “Congress shall …

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