I am a committed atheist, but 2020 has been so stressful that at times, I caught myself praying that various events would or would never happen.

Nothing has changed my religious views, but has helped me understand how other people succumb to the believe in a personal deity.

At times, I have been inclined to become a pantheist. I find a strange attraction to the twelve deities of the Dodekatheon that the Greeks and Romans worshipped.

At least I get a choice of Gods to pray to in the event of a disaster.

Having just one God just seems so limiting.

Maybe I should change my religious preference from atheist to polytheistic or pantheistic.

That would be more ecumenical than being an atheist, and would allow me to pray without having a guilty conscience when I do.

The many advocates of block-chain and the articles about the software engineering for block-chains neglect or gloss over the electrical power required to maintain extensive block-chain structure. Estimates for Bitcoin alone have put the electrical power consumed by Bitcoin at equal to the total electrical power consumption of New Zealand…

J. R. "Bob" Dobbs

Mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper. … Ok I confess. I am not a reporter, and I am far from mild-mannered.

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