Are you tired of religious people being seen as morally superior to atheists? Of religions getting special privileges in the law, because they’re perceived as better than secular non-profit organizations?

As a protest, atheist friends of magician Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller had a fantastic idea in 2010. Let’s start a real, legal church with a funny name, and then demand the same rights as mainstream religions:

–We oppose supernatural claims. We are skeptics and atheists. In our religion, we doubt religion.
–We fight discrimination. Atheists are not inferior and should not be hated and marginalized.
–We raise money for charity while accepting no donations for ourselves. We do not claim tax exempt status.
–We perform legal weddings, always for free. How joyful!
–We expose religious privileges as silly by claiming the same rights for Bacon.
–We praise Bacon! If you don’t like pigs, praise Vegetarian Bacon or Turkey Bacon.

We now have 4,000 members from around the world and have performed hundreds of weddings. Join us! Raise your voice in protest, and to Praise Bacon!


Tests for BRCA1 and BRCA2 typically cost up to $4,000, and insurance companies have strict criteria when it comes to covering these tests, disqualifying many women who don’t have a family history of cancer at a young age or don’t meet other requirements—including, in some cases, a personal history with cancer themselves.

Color Genomics, a new company founded by ex-Googlers Othman Laraki and Elad Gil, along with pathologist Taylor Sittler and biologist Nish Bhat, hopes to make this type of genetic testing more affordable. Their company’s Color Test, out today, is a mail-order, at-home saliva test that costs $249 and tests 19 genes connected to breast and ovarian cancer, including BRCA1 and BRCA2. Mutations in those genes can indicate a risk for breast and ovarian cancer many times greater than the national average (in their lifetimes, 12% of American women will develop breast cancer and 1.3 % of American women will develop ovarian cancer). These kinds of mutations also put women at risk for cancer at a much younger age. Early detection greatly increases five-year survival rates, from 25% for late-stage breast cancer to 98% for early-stage breast cancer. If a woman knows her risk, she can pursue a range of options—including close monitoring or invasive prevention.


Distracted Viewing

When Penny Dreadful first aired, for some reason it didn’t hook me and it became a show that was on in the background while I was doing something else. But by the time I got to the end, I’d felt like I’d definitely missed out on something that should have affected me more. I mean, this thing is right in my wheelhouse.

In advance of the second season next month, I’ve started a rewatch. This time, two rules: 1) the computer is shut for the whole episode and 2) only one episode at a time.

So I’m through the first two episodes so far and HOLY HELL. What an amazing show, and how dumb do I feel for not giving it my undivided attention last year.

The cast is uniformly great – with the lone caveat centered around whatever accent Billie Piper is attempting to speak.

Eva Green may not have won any awards for best acting, but she certainly deserves one for the MOST acting.  

Welcome back Josh Hartnett. I’ve always liked his work – especially in “O.”

Alex Price’s Proteus was heartbreaking. 

And if you forced me to choose my single favorite actor in all the world at this moment, I’d have to go with Rory Kinnear (or Ol’ Pigfucker as we call him around here.) Staggering.

So rule 1 – shutting the laptop – has proved a colossal success so far.

It just makes rule 2 that much harder to stick to.  

WANTED: Transmedia Coordinators!



Hey there, Ocelittles! Want to join the Classic Alice team? We’re looking for a few more transmedia coordinators for books 8+, in the following areas:

Twitter writers: Help craft in-world transmedia plotlines as you write and schedule tweets (and maybe other social media posts) for some auxiliary characters!

Tumblr team: Help give depth to Alice’s world as you find and generate content for various in-world Tumblr accounts!

We need people who are ready to jump right in and be creative, to take the initiative and get things done. We’re here to help, but we want you to run with YOUR ideas. You should be comfortable with Twitter, Tumblr, and Google Docs & Sheets, and prepared to check your email regularly and devote the time necessary to help make books 8+ great!


Email us! <classic.alice.series@gmail.com>

Ooh, awesome opportunity!

Signal boost.


The Washington Post published a story so horrifying this weekend that it would stop your breath: “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.”


I am a positive person but I get really tired of aggressive optimism. If someone’s sad, let them be sad. All emotions have purpose. Sadness isn’t destructive if not prolonged. Sadness isn’t unproductive, as it offers awareness. Telling someone to “cheer up” or “be happy” is so ineffective and patronizing. The last thing a sad person needs is for someone to judge their feelings as pointless and unappealing. Welcome sadness, just don’t let it consume you.




Elementary is a weird show.