Friday, 27 November 2015

Podcast 19 - A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Skepticon

This week I have a new guest on the show - it's me! Sean McGuire is a blogger and podcaster who went to Skepticon and had a few exciting adventures along the way.

Skepticon ruled and he enjoyed every second of it! He also loved Springfield because the people were super friendly and upbeat! He'll be back next year for sure! For now though, he'd like to share with you a few of of the bumps he encountered along the way because he's just a Canadian who never travels anywhere!

Don't blame him, he doesn't travel much!

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I had a wonderful time at this year’s Skepticon, which was the first I’ve ever attended. Still, things were a little bumpy on the way there from Montreal. In my first solo episode, I recount my cold-meds enhanced middle-of-the-night adventure to Springfield, Missouri! Please note that I really did enjoy everything about Skepticon! The conference is well worth the trip and I will be back! The people in Springfield are also amazingly friendly! This monologue is just a little side info about my eventful trip there!


Intro Music: ‘The Gods Have Thirst’ by Les Sans Culottes (

Outro Music: ‘Black Elk Mountain’ by Twizzle (

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

I'll Be Scaling Back The Blogging For The Next Bit...

Regular readers have probably noticed that the post frequency around here has gone down. I noticed it as well. For awhile, I've found myself looking for material to post - at least one thing a day. It all started seeming like work.

In the past week, I've been sick with a cold/flu/plague and then attended Skepticon and I was going to blog about it - but again, it felt like an obligation and not something I truly wanted to do.

Furthermore, I've got some rather life altering personal matters which are sapping up enormous amounts of energy.

So I'm having difficulty meeting my one post per day quota I made for myself awhile ago - back when I cared about the hit count on the blog way too much. In fact, I'm having difficulty making my one podcast per week quota as well.

So, I've decided to let myself take a little break for now from the blogging. I'll still blog, but I'll need to have something I truly am yearning to blog about. It's the least I can do for my readers.

I intend to put what little spare time I have into the podcast. It's a medium change and I'm having fun with it. I'd like to see where that takes me. Perhaps I'll keep up My Secret Atheist Blog or perhaps I'll branch out a new, more generic programme called Hangin' With Sean or something. We'll see.

Thanks so much to my readers! Don't worry, I'm pretty sure that after a rest I'll be back. It might not be precisely the same sort of blog, but maybe that's for the better.

Now... If you would like to CONTRIBUTE A GUEST POST or be on the podcast, perhaps it might just help get me back in the game.

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Podcast 18 - Blasphemy & Secularism In Pakistan

I'm back from Skepticon and I had so much fun! I will describe this fun in detail - I hope - in future episodes or even on this blog. For now though, let's talk about blasphemy in Pakistan, shall we?

By which I am referring to My Secret Atheist Podcast, episode the eighteenth. If episodes were years of age and if podcasts had mouths and brains, MSAP would be able to take a nice drink now! (In Quebec, that is.)

Honneybadger is based in Pakistan and she writes all about secularism and other worthy causes on her Twitter and blog.

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Honneybadger is an environmental researcher/ economist, humanist, science nerd, techno geek and blogger based in Karachi, Pakistan. We’ll discuss the draconian blasphemy laws in the country - instituted by the English during British rule - which have been maintained and extended by Muslim governments in this Islamic republic. Honneybadger will also tell us a little about censorship, the situation for secular groups, atheists and even religious minorities in Pakistan and, sadly, how things have disintegrated over the past 30 years. However, with  the internet, there is some hope for the future.


Intro Music: ‘Upbeat’ by Jon Luc Hefferman (
Outro Music: ‘Behind The Seas’ by Possimiste (

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