About Me

My name is Jared Stafford. I am a total geek. I use GNU/Linux, FireFox, and I hate Microsoft with a passion. See my rants page for more details.

As you can see, my favorite animal is the penguin. I started collecting stuffed penguins soon after I switched to GNU/Linux. Collecting penguins has not been a difficult task since my relatives give them to me any chance they get. Here is a picture of some of my penguins.


My philosophy

I consider myself a Humanist, an Apathetic Agnostic, and an Atheist. My philosophy on life is summed up in this quote by Slartibartfast, the Magrathean coastline designer:

Maybe. Who cares? Perhaps I'm old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied ... I'd far rather be happy than right any day.

There is some confusion as to what the word "Atheist" actually means; some define it as active denial of any possible being outside the observable universe. I hold that it is impossible to disprove something that has no observable effect on the natural universe, whether it's the God of Abraham, an Invisible Pink Unicorn, or a dragon in Carl Sagan's garage.

However, in these cases, the burden of proof is on the believer. If you're going to assert that something ludicrous exists, then I need to see some evidence. If I told you that all matter was made of different proportions of earth, air, water, and fire, you'd laugh. Equally ludicrous, at first, is the competing idea that all matter consists of particles called atoms, which are composed of smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons, and that chemical properties are determined by the number of protons in each atom. However, there is ample evidence for the second theory, disproving the first.

Although I am not Christian, my family is, so I celebrate Christmas (or as Dave Barry calls it, "Atheist Children Get Presents Day") with them. After all, the Christians stole the holiday from the Pagans to begin with.


My online identity

Some of the online forums/communities I belong to (all as jspenguin, unless otherwise noted):