Cats and Disbelief

As a cat lover I really loved this post.

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It was hard for me to ever believe in the Christian god. Not for very dramatic reasons, I was just always skeptical for as long as I can remember back. What stands out to me the most as something that made it hard for me to really firmly believe is my love of cats. May sound like a silly reason at first to not believe in god, but I think it makes sense.
I’ve had cats since I was a baby and I’ve always felt a connection with them. I’ve always loved staring into their eyes, sleeping with them, petting them, and of course playing with them. There have been many occasions of me falling asleep to the sound of purring since I was little. When I was really young I was fascinated with anything related to cats. A lot of my toys, books, and other things were cat related…

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MintPal V2 – The ongoing migration.


We’re almost there!

The audit is now complete, and while it revealed a few problems with the migrated data; they’re relatively easy to fix. We’re now running a modified migration tool (which migrates balances, address history, pending orders, etc from V1) that is running. This won’t take long to complete, but we’re expecting it to take a couple of hours. We’re using a different database structure entirely, and each migrated user needs to have a myriad of markets activated, have their balances shifted to the new format, have their pending orders also moved, etc. All in all, there are millions of SQL INSERT/UPDATE queries to be done, as well as some CPU intensive tasks that handle all of this.

There are roughly 70,000 active users that need to have initiation done on their account. We started running the improved tool about 15 minutes ago – and 11,290 have initiated so far…

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Deepak Chopra embarrasses himself by offering a million-dollar prize


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I found this on Jerry A. Coyne’s blog site Why Evolution is True.” Jerry A. Coyne is also author of “Why Evolution is True.” I recommend visiting his blog, lots of fascinating articles, and posts about science. Jerry is professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and a member of both the Committee on Genetics and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology

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I realize now that Chopra’s affliction with Maru’s Syndrome—the condition described by Dr. Maru as “When I see a box, I cannot help but enter”—is a chronic condition. Although Chopra feints at friendliness, enticing me to his fancy conference with a big honorarium, and trying to pal around with Michael Shermer (who, I suspect, doesn’t like Chopra), in reality he’s as thin-skinned as ever. What has really wounded Deepakity is the intimation by people like Shermer, Dawkins, Sam Harris, and me, that he is not a scientist.  After all, the old Woomeister makes his millions by putting on a veneer of science, bandying about nonsense phrases like “quantum consciousness” that bamboozle those who are impressed by science, but don’t understand it.  Were they to understand that there is no hard science behind Chopra’s claims, perhaps they’d be less likely to open their wallets.

At any rate, the video below is one more sign…

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