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Cool Beans

Unless you're still waiting for your testicles to drop you'll understand the feeling one so often get when you behold kids doing something unbelievably cool and wonder why you didn't have whatever-it-is when you were a kid.

I felt that way when I heard about Camp Quest. It's, uh, it's... well, I'll let them tell you:

"Camp Quest is the first residential summer camp in the history of the United States for the children of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural world view.

The purpose of Camp Quest is to provide children of freethinking parents a residential summer camp dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry, critical and creative thinking, scientific method, self-respect, ethics, competency, democracy, free speech, and the separation of religion and government guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States."

When I was a bratling the nearest thing we had to Camp Quest in Fort Worth, Texas was vacation Bible school, known here-abouts as VBS. It was about as exciting as you could imagine being locked in a church on a beautiful summer day could possibly be. The River Oaks Baptist church, which welcomed us with open arms, saw us all as little urchins in need of salvation (not to mention possible future donators) but I know my parents saw it as free baby-sitting.

It was there, within those solemn, air-conditioned confines that I made my decision to become an atheist even though I didn't yet know the word for it. My dis-conversion had something to do with one or two occasions of distinctly un-charitable events involving the pastor's son but I'm fuzzy on the details. Thankfully.

Anyway, we need more Camp Quests in this here USS and even though I have no spawn to pack off to its enlightened environs I've instead donated them a few hard-earned simoleons, and I hope you would, too.


Check this out:

creative coffins

There's a company in the UK called Creative Coffins that lets you decorate the outside of their product with virtually any design you wish. It's the ultimate in consumer packaging... literally. This sunflower design is their most popular "classic" version but they also have one that looks like a box of chocolates. Too cool.

The coffins themselves are made of 60% recycled paper (what else?) and are suitable for burial or cremation. I don't know if their product is legal in the U.S. but the mind literally boggles at the possibilities of turning a somber experience into one that more suitably celebrates the life of an individual, in a suitably individual way.

Imagine, for instance, the whole surface covered in snapshots from the person's life. Or one that looks like King Tut's sarcophagus. Or, more appropriate for America, the happy McDonald's logo. The Happy Coffin.

Me? I 'd like a picture of a beautiful woman printed on the lid, laying face down. What a fabulous way to drift through eternity.

ADDENDUM: Hey, guess what? A very nice reader (Thanks, Kris!) has pointed out that Americans have the option of using any kind of casket they want. It says so right here.



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Bonus Disquietude
Jonathan Coulton's "Eat Your Brains" performed entirely in
Zombie Sign Language (ZSL).

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Today's Google Chow.
Grandmaster Chuckie G (R - Iowa) outlines the Republican version of the Health Care bill.
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