Recently while wading in the blogosphere I ran across a few distinct communities. Missionaries seem to be quite active and so are athiests. The missionaries and the Peace Corps people I understand because not only are you experiencing new cultures but you want to keep in touch with people back home, and hey, why not proselytize while you are at it. Athiests though?
Recently I started reading Primordial Blog which I recommend to one and all. He’s a teacher (and recovering Christian) in northern Canada and writes well about many things. He has a very good series on mythology: Ass Kicking Women of Mythology and Sex in “whichever” Mythology. They are funny, informative and enthralling. On his blog, apart from doing my usual dissing of LOTR, I’ve looked at some of the people on his blogroll, and by god, there’s an Athiest Blogroll which I’ve found also on a few of those who link to him. Like all blogs, these vary in quality, but they do seem to have an obsession. It was like wandering into a private club where you are not a member.
Now you could call me an athiest. Its closer than any other religious category but I find these athiest cabals rather strange; kind of like victim support grouips, or propogandists of any stripe, or I guess like missionaries. Given a slightly different bent of mind I’m sure I’d be in there like a dirty shirt but though I too was subjected unwillingly to a fairly religious upbringing, I think of it as a case of “been there, done that” or “yes, it was bad but that was the past and that’s not exactly where we are, is it”? At any rate, I don’t mean to lambaste any particular athiest, as neither would I any particular believer but just the aggregate. People are just a little odder when they clump.
And sewing enthusiasts? Also noticed quite a few people displaying patterns and projects online. If you frequent boingboing.net as I used to and surely will again, you find all sorts of things nerdy, and oddly enough, a lot of sewing projects as well but people are sewing unusual things like hard drives and running shoes. Kind of like a Claes Oldenburg takes up sewing.
Here is his clothespin. I’ve always loved how he makes small things big, or hard things soft (see his drum set).