Yea, I’m playing Minecraft, there goes a lot of free time. 😉
So for those few, who have not heard of Minecraft before, think of it as a computer game that’s a lot like playing Legos and bad guys come and try to mess you up. It’s a lot of fun and a bit of a story on how I got there.
In short, our computer was old and sounded like it wasn’t going to last too much longer. That’s not too bad of a thing, since I use my IPad and hardly touch it. That said, my wife needed the computer to last about another year before she could totally be off of it and be 100% IPad (2nd job). So I got a low to mid-range computer (AMD A4 with 2 Gig of RAM). Anyway the kids and I have been playing a lot of Minecraft for the IPod which isn’t half bad, but misses a lot of the full game, so we jumped at it. My two sons and I are sharing a Minecraft ID for now.
What I didn’t know is how much you can create mods for Minecraft. This reminds me a lot of Doom back in the day. I might be playing this a lot more than I thought!
Anyway, the summer has been a busy one, both for work and fun. I’m going to make a point to post at least once per week for the reminder of the summer and then I’ll pick up more then.
I really didn’t want to get into this topic and deeper, but since PZ posted a video, I thought it was fair to post it and comment on it.
First PZ talks about how FreeThought Blogs is not really about letting people talk about any subject. I understand that to a degree. This is an Atheist blog site, so I expect people to blog about this subject and Thunderf00t was blogging about Atheist Cons, so I would think he was in the subject matter that the website is shooting for.
Clearly PZ has a stronger take on what FreeThought Blogs is about. I would submit that the name on their website is misleading a bit, that the blog is about the Atheist movement but other causes as well.
Thunderf00t claims to have been told that he could blog about what he wanted. I see support in this claim since PZ states that they really didn’t ‘screen’ him, so it sounds like no one told Tf00t the rules. So, Thunderf00t crossed some line that he didn’t know about and got booted. Thunderf00t has a right to be ticked over that. Also, I still don’t see clear answers to what they agrued about. Some Atheist said there was a problem at Atheist Cons, Thunderf00t questioned that and I haven’t seen a good response yet supporting their claims. If Thunderf00t was booted just for his blog posts and videos, that’s lame.
Thunderf00t can appear to be a bit… heavy handed, so I’m sure he didn’t do anything to smooth things over. PZ’s rant about Tf00t’s survey is just silly and no reason to boot someone.
In the end, I still put this at 75% PZ fault. He left Tf00t in, didn’t explain the rules and then booted Tf00t after the fact when he didn’t like what he blogged about. IMO, PZ has been trying to find other reasons to add on since. I still wouldn’t want to blog there, but will still visit the site since there are other bloggers there I like.
In the end it might be for the best. Thunderf00t makes great videos, but is not the best blogger in the world or at least he doesn’t blog very often, so he might be been booted for not posting much.
So I want to give my $.02 on this mess.
Now I haven’t been to an atheist conference, nor am I a woman, so it’s hard for me to know if there is a problem or not. That being said, I didn’t see much wrong with Thunderf00t’s post at the first read. He doesn’t see the problem that others do. He may be right or wrong, but I didn’t see much wrong with the post. He at least seems willing to discuss the problem. I will say I agree with Tf00t that anything that happens outside of the conference (i.e. In a bar) is not the business of any atheist conference.
Youtube from Tf00t.
PZ Myers responds with what I thought was a bit over the top and reading into some of Tfoot’s posts.
At this point, Thunderf00t fires with both barrels.
And gets himself kicked off FreeThought Blogs:
Now, again, I’m not going to get into the pissing match. However, I will say that Thunderf00t getting kicked off FreeThought Blogs is BS. Of course those who run the site can do what they want. It’s funny that FreeThought Blogs doesn’t really like a free exchange of thoughts. C0nc0rdance does a good job is summing everything up.
In the end, I found that PZ was quick to take it to the next level and didn’t really think though what he was doing. Thunderf00t didn’t really try to smooth things over either. If I’m going to give blame, I’d give it 75%/25% in favor of PZ.
In the end it’s a shame that the two couldn’t get along, but I also learned something about FreeThought Blogs. I learned that I don’t think I would want to blog there either…
Well they found something at the 99.9999% confidence level. A quick Grats to the folks at CERN.