They Love Them Some Category Errors

Here’s a delightful comment on an article on National Review Online Atheists are a bit confused, they equate denying a specific nature of God with denying the existence of God. God exists in my mind and the minds of billions of other people on this planet, so denying the existence of God is a fools…

Anti-Micegenation is a Bad Analogy – and here’s why

Gay marriage is an interesting issue from a rhetorical point of view. I can think of few others where the gulf between what seems superficially convincing and what is actually convincing on closer examination is as great. Take the analogy between anti-micegenation laws and law prohibiting gay marriage. As an argument with a friend over…

Hate the Religion, Love the Believer?

Making the rounds on the internet today: this tweed from comic Ricky Gervais: Suggesting I hate people with religion because I hate religion is like suggesting I hate people with cancer because I hate cancer. Which is one of those things we all love to hate about the internet: a plausible-sounding pithy insight that crumbles…

Making pyenv play with PySide on Mac OS X

So, I’ve been working a bit on my password manager (now called Stempel), and it’s working pretty well with CouchDB and a commandline interface, and it’s about time to make a GUI for certain purposes. I’d mentioned before wanting to use PySide for this purpose, and naturally PySide turns out to be one of those…