IFS Recommends – With EmbiggenBooks.com

Warren Bonett from EmbiggenBooks.com in Melbourne drops by the show for a new segment looking at the books you should be reading… and why the hell you should be reading them. Enjoy!

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Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

IFT 80 – The Klan Applauds you Newt!!

Silly things that we believe; skepticism in action; David Ike; Cognitive dissonance; 2012 Global Atheist Conference slammed by regal creationists.

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Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

Nominate us for an Atheism.about.com Reader’s Choice podcast award!!

In 2011, listeners of The ImaginaryFriendsShow.com Podcast helped The ImaginaryFriendsShow.com podcast, after only a few months of operation, to gain 5th place in the atheism.about.com reader’s choice awards.

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We were completely honoured and humbled to be placed amongst such awesome podcasts as The Atheist Experience, Reasonable Doubts, The Good Atheist and Irreligiosophy, but that was SO last year.

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We would literally appreciate the expletives (that’s right, plural) if you could invest literally 16 seconds of your time in nominating The ImaginaryFriendsShow.com Podcast as literally one of your favourite podcasts, literally for 2011.

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The first 5,000 nominators will receive a complementary serving of imagination as well as free access to our archive of past shows… which is free to everyone everywhere anyway, but this way you get to feel as though you received something in return for you pithy effort.

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Also, if you, the listeners’ of The ImaginaryFriendsShow.com Podcast and the readers of The ImaginaryFriendsShow.com Podcast get us into the top 5 again, we promise to resurrect Jesus. That’s right, we’ll resurrect freaking Jesus*.

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So, it’s really easy to vote for The ImaginaryFriendsShow.com Podcast for the atheism.about.com reader’s choice awards, just vote for The ImaginaryFriendsShow.com Podcast here and provide the URL http://ImaginaryFriendsShow.com into the field that asks for the URL.

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You can also nominate Jake’s book ‘Letters to Christian Leaders – Hollow be thy claims’ for an atheist book award here.

*in the event that the resurrection of a fictional biblical overlord proves impossible, an imaginary Jesus-like substitute or blow-up-doll will be provided as compensation to whoever remembers that this promise was announced

E-Book vs Real Book – The Debate Every University Student Must Have

It should come as no surprise that being a student is expensive, here’s how the purchase of an iPad or Kindle can alleviate some of that burden.

Course fees, student union fees, tutor fees, travel and textbooks all have to be paid for and will often work out to be several thousand dollars every semester, for several years.

When one also considers that time spent working is time spent away from study, thus inhibiting ones ability to maintain a good GPA, the ability to pay for ones scholastic pursuits can be immensely tough, albeit worthwhile.

With this in mind, the rise of E-Book text books allows for students to purchase their university subject text books, often at half the price, without loosing any quality or usual functionality.

E-textbooks can cost up to 60 percent less than printed textbooks, said Yasemin Tunc, senior director of new technologies.

“Today’s students have grown up with various types of tablets, e-readers and laptops, so they are familiar with this type of reading and learning environment.

“These students are better known as digital natives because technology is second nature to them. So, why not provide them with a better means of obtaining content?”

While it is certainly true that you lose the tactile sense of holding a physical book, and certainly the ability to place Post-It notes and ear marks on every relevant page, applications like Kindle for iPad provide all this and more.

Take, for example, Anthropology: Appreciating Human Diversity by Conrad Phillip Kottak. The paperback version is available for AUD$167 through the university bookshop, GBP128 from Bookdepository.co.uk and USD$119 + postage from Amazon.com. The Kindle version of the same book is USD$57.

Many textbooks exceed the above example, and many Kindle versions are less than the above example.

The benefits do not stop with price, however: 

  • Ever lost an earmark or important note you’ve made in the text book? Kindle gives you the ability to write notes and highlight text, which are then indexed in a separate table of contents. This means that each of your notes and highlighted sections can be easily accessed, are never lost and you can jump to them in an instant – a necessity while writing essays.
  • Want to check or cite a reference mentioned in the text? Most Kindle books have hyperlinked text, which means that you can jump to a chapter, or a reference, or the referenced paper or journal article through a hyperlink (assuming that you have proxy access to your university’s library)
  • Do you constantly go from text book to dictionary? A great new feature of the Kindle is the dictionary ticker. All you have to do is highlight a word, and the definition appears at the bottom of the screen.
  • Want to share a quote with your fellow students? Kindle now allows you to share to Twitter, Facebook or email, fully referencing the passage you’ve highlighted and posting it simply and immediately without having to tediously type it out.
  • It weighs 1/10th of your average textbook! As each semester progresses and the subjects develop more depth, more and bigger textbooks are required as mandatory material. For those who don’t live on campus, that means carting several kilograms worth of textbook from lecture to library to tutorial to study group to home and is frankly exhausting! An iPad or Kindle weighs a few hundred grams and will store all lecture notes, text books, journal articles, lecture and tutorial recordings (and allows you to record) and your music library. And games.

While not all text books are available in Kindle format (and you should check this prior to investing in a Kindle or iPad), the ease of publishing and distribution is a tremendous incentive to textbook publishers.

With this in mind, investing in an iPad (Kindle application is free) or Kindle for a student will inevitably mean a significant reduction in costs and a major increase in efficiency and functionality.

Lastly, for those who refuse to switch format due to the supposed romantic indulgence of tactile text book immersion, you’re nuts!

IFS Bonus 79 – White Power!

Neo-Nazi white supremacists to hold music festival in Jake’s home town. Jake explodes!

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Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

IFS 79 – Religion, keeping it unreal!

Gregg and Jake talk Mitt ‘the tit’ Romney; mass firings of school chaplains; sex toys in the bible; immigrants body odor and the pope getting same species married to a Vogon.

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Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

ScienceGasm – Homosexuality Explained (really)

Thanks to the listener, David, who wrote in to ask “why doesn’t natural selection explain homosexuality?” We answered your question, we answered the heck out of it. Then we answered it some more. Enjoy.

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Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

Ep 78 – Bonus Show – I spit on you, Israel!

7 YO girl is spat on in an Orthodox Jewish community in Israel for “dressing immodestly”.

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Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

9 New Years weight loss resolution solutions that actually work

 

At the beginning of every New Year thousands of people join a gym and start a diet only to cancel their membership and forget their diet after just three hours.

Psychologists suggest that the reason for this is simple, we’re lazy, we like food and we’re lazy.

Psychologists also say that people who tell everyone about their New Years resolution

Nonetheless, the following 10 solutions will have you trim, taut and terrific in less time than it takes to contract cholera, which only just missed out on making it to the top 10 list.

9.         Become a self sufficient farmer

            Farmers are notorious for two things, fornicating with livestock and getting skin cancer, but third on the list is the ability to fit into skinny-jeans all year round. This is really attributed to several key factors, heavy smoking, constant incidental exercise (livestock fornicating) and only reserving the bare minimum of food so as not to eat in profits.

            This way of life can be expensive in the beginning, as you will need to purchase arable and irrigated land and fornication grade livestock, but it will truly reward you with a farmer’s physique – and I’ve never met a single fat farmer in my city.

8.         Contract a parasite

            Runway models don’t really have a skill set that allows them to contribute to society in any meaningful way; that is a fact. Nonetheless, some years ago, a (probably prematurely dead) runway model thought it would be a good idea to swallow a tape worm. Unfortunately, given how similar they look, she actually swallowed three of her best runway model friends before realising and was charged with murder.

            Once she escaped from prison, by walking straight through the bars, she walked to her closest veterinary clinic and purchased a bag full of tape worms, which had been surgically removed from various animals earlier that day. The result was that she lost those last few grams.

            The moral of the story is that there are a few parasites, such as tape worm, that will sit in your intestines and literally eat your food before you even have time to absorb it. If you’re lucky, the worm will get so big that it will perforate your intestines and will cause copious amounts of blood to seep into your body cavities, prompting surgery… which is always good for the physique.

7.         Stay inside for a while

            Once a month, on the night of the full moon, werewolves lock themselves in impenetrable cages to prevent them getting loose and attacking their loved ones. This strategy is very effective way to ensure the survival of the local town’s folk but also provides a great opportunity to lose weight.

All you need for this solution is to purchase a large cat enclosure and recruit a friend or relative with a short term memory problem. Have them lock you in the cage and leave. Seven days later when your friend remembers something vaguely about you, you’ll either be dead or will be rocking a body worthy of envy.

6.         Develop a meth habit

            Meth is a terribly addictive drug that will ruin you, and everyone you know. It will also disconnect you from everything meaningful in your life.

But on the positive, you’ll lose weight – especially when you have to sell your blood to keep up with your crippling addictive commitments.

5.         Eat your leftover Christmas lunch seafood

            Seafood is normally only food for a day, maybe two if you’re careful. What happens after this is simple, bacteria start feasting. As such, if you manage to swallow something with Listeria, ecoli or parvovirus, your next few days in hospital on a liquid diet will be a weight loss lover’s wet dream.

             Following your release from hospital, the intense pains in your stomach and generally diminished appetite should see you sitting at a healthy weight in no time.

 4.         Remove your least favourite limb

            Arms and legs are heavy things, so go down to your local hardware store and purchase a good circular saw or jigsaw and remove your least favourite limb. If the documentary Braveheart, staring Mel Gibson, is anything to go by, following the removal of your chosen limb, you should thrust the bloody stump into the fire to cauterise any bleeding.

            Edit: While it was assumed to be common sense, following the receipt of several emails from lawyers promising litigation for killing their clients, we felt it necessary to give the following warning. If your least favourite limb is your head, and you attempt to remove it, you will most likely die.

3.         Live a biblical life

            On god’s order, the Prophet Ezekiel ate his own faeces for several years. The intestines are replete with ecoli and many other microorganisms capable of giving you awesome diarrhoea. Also, you’ll be helping the people of Israel to repent from their sinful ways.

            In truth, we’re really not sure if eating poo will help you to lose weight but we thought that it might be funny to encourage you to put your poo eating on YouTube.

2.         Share needles with drug users

            It is no secret that people with AIDS are very skinny. Between battling the symptoms and various opportunistic infections and the side effects from the antiretroviral drugs, you’ll find yourself without an appetite all year around!

            Better still, if you decide that you want to put weight back on, just move to a state or country where medicinal marijuana is available, and you’ll be happy forever.

1.         Eat fewer calories than you use during an average day, and exercise daily.

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Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.

Ep 78 – Bonus Show – I spit on you, Israel!

7 YO girl is spat on in an Orthodox Jewish community in Israel for “dressing immodestly”.

Watch here:

Download MP3 here.

Subscribe to the mother-flipping show via iTunes (we’re on all major podcasting aggregators) here.

Peace and love.

Jake.

Jake is the author of ‘Letters to Christian Leaders; Hollow be thy claims’, the book which takes the specific claims that the most prominent Christian Leaders make and directly refutes them using the latest research and evidence, reason, logic, and a dash of snarky humour. Get it here for your sexy kindleOr if you prefer the authenticity of a book (and are too cheap for a kindle) get the hardcopy here.