Photo albums compiled, organized

Justin Vacula and Pastor Dan Nichols
Justin Vacula and Pastor Dan Nichols

This weekend, I spent several hours compiling and organizing digital photographs taken between 2009 and 2013.

While you may not be interested in my personal life, photos unrelated to this blog, you can enjoy memories I have revisited spanning back to 2008. You may even be in some of the pictures!

If you have any photos which should be included on my Facebook page, but are not, please leave comments on this blog with links. I would highly appreciate contributions.

All of the photos are public in the following albums — some of them listed below — I have complied:

Activism – 75+ photos related to my public speaking engagements, debates, discussions, and protests in addition to church/state complaints I have pursued, newspaper articles, and even some holiday cards I received from Christians

Ireland, Manchester, Philly, EWTS 2013 – 115+ photos relating to my conference reporting and journey to the Empowering Women Through Secularism conference in Dublin which was made possible by gracious donors

with Atheist Alliance International President Carlos Diaz in Dublin, Ireland
with Atheist Alliance International President Carlos Diaz in Dublin, Ireland

2013 Freedom From Religion Foundation annual conference + Madison – 60+ photos relating to my conference reporting and journey to the Freedom From Religion Foundation annual conference in Madison which was made possible by gracious donors

Women in Secularism 2 + Washington D.C. – 25+ photos relating to my conference reporting and journey to the Women in Secularism 2 conference which was made possible by gracious donors

Reason Rally, AA 2012 – 69+photos relating to my VIP experience at the 2012 Reason Rally [I sat in the VIP section using a special pass I won from a contest] and American Atheists’ 2012 annual conference in Bethseda

 

Speaking at 2012 PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference
Speaking at 2012 PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference

PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference events – 30+ photos from the 2012 Harrisburg conference I spoke at and the 2013 Philadelphia conference I attended

2012 Secular Student Alliance annual conference – 5+ photos from the Columbus conference I spoke at [Where are the other photos? There should be many more…]

Also enjoy…

Dungeons and Dragons – 80+ photos (I wish I had taken many, many more, but the future should allow for many more when, hopefully, I become more active with the release of D&D Next/5e)

Photoshops, parody, fun – 65+ photos, many of which include photos originally appearing in the Slymepit in which I have been photoshopped

Photoshop of various Freethought Blogs writers created by Reap Paden
Photoshop of various Freethought Blogs writers created by Reap Paden

Food and Drink – 105+ photos, many of which include a sample of the [free] food I have eaten at casinos in recent years thanks to amazing deals on ReferLocal.com and elsewhere

Hire me as a proofreader! – 35+ photos of menus, signs, and other items which are in dire need of correction

Scrabble – 20+ photos…but there should be many more of games I have played in. I haven’t captured a photo of every game I played since I started to become a serious player in 2009. I would classify myself as a high-scoring intermediate player although some think I am an expert. I play a good game, often reaching 375-400 points, but I have lists to memorize before jumping into a new bracket classification.

NEPA BlogCon, BlogFest events – A mere 15+ photos of semi-annual/annual gatherings in Northeastern Pennsylvania. There should be many more photos.

Informed gambling – 30+ photos of my gambling exploits

TRACE – 75+ photos in relation to the Transition to Community Employment program, hosted by The Arc of Luzerne County, in which I work

 

Photo with Huntress' vocalist Jill Janus
Photo with Huntress’ vocalist Jill Janus

2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – 110+ photos of a metal festival I attended in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I really enjoyed seeing Huntress, one of my favorite bands, perform live. I met members of Huntress, Amon Amarth, and other groups.

Chicago Airport – 20+ photos

Pennsylvania Counseling Association conference 2013 – 40+ photos

As always, feel free to leave comments below – especially if you have pictures which should be included in the above linked albums. Consider also adding me as a friend on Facebook, leaving comments on individual pictures, tagging people, and ‘liking’ photographs/albums. Enjoy.

Minor website change

My Texas Hold ‘Em videos will no longer be placed in individual posts, but instead will be embedded as a playlist within a category — Hold ‘Em Videos — on my navigation bar. Videos will continue to be uploaded on a regular basis. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for notifications.

I hope to highlight individual blog posts on my website rather than cluttering my page with video uploads. Also expect new content in the realms of philosophy, atheism, and separation of church and state.

Thankful

Photo courtesy of Cindi Albright/Flickr
Photo courtesy of Cindi Albright/Flickr

2013 has been a tremendous year for which I am thankful.

While the year has included some challenges and difficulties, there have been many great moments largely thanks to people — friends, supporters, allies, my students, organizations, and co-workers — who make my life more enjoyable and this world a better place.

I am thankful for supporters who helped fund my appearances at Women in Secularism 2 in Washington D.C.; Empowering Women Through Secularism in Dublin, Ireland; and the 2013 Freedom From Religion Foundation annual conference in Madison. In 2012, I never thought I would be attending events like this with help from supporters. Thanks, too, for those who have sent donations – helping keep Brave Hero Radio online.

Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation who continues to support my activism and fight for the separation of religion and government. I am thankful for receiving a graduate student scholarship from them — which helped fund my education — through their essay contest. I appeared on their radio show in early 2013, responded to the National Day of Prayer with a banner in my community, and attended their annual conference in Madison. Keep up the good work, FFRF.

Thanks to Reap Paden; the team at the A-News Podcast; Damion and Chas from the Oklahama Atheists Godcast; the team at Chill Girls in Pink Corvettes; Clownshoe and G from Full Frontal Zealotry; Carl from Post Rapture Looting; the team at Road to Reason; The Bitchspot Report Podcast; and National Progressive Talk Radio for having me on your shows.

Thanks to co-organizers of NEPA BlogCon 2013 for having me speak at your conference. Thanks to Professor Kuna from Marywood University for having me speak for your Intro to Religion classes.

Thanks to Justin Schieber of the Reasonable Doubts Podcast and Harold F. for spending time with me at conferences and lessening the financial burden.

Thanks to Al Stefanelli for your activism, support, and including me on your blogroll at Syndicated News Services.

Thanks to Michael Nugent for conversation in Dublin, your activism and work with Atheist Ireland, and being a gracious conference host.

Thanks to Ronald Lindsay for graciously welcoming me to Women in Secularism 2, your work with CFI, and for your opening speech at Women in Secularism 2.

Thanks to D.J. Grothe for your genuineness, activism, and work with the James Randi Educational Foundation.

Thanks to Hemant Mehta for writing about my activism, church/state issues in Pennsylvania, and news that matters.

Thanks to guests who appeared on Brave Hero Radio.

Thanks to Peter Boghossian for inviting me to edit your recent book “A Manual for Creating Atheists,” regularly chatting with me and vetting ideas, and supporting my work.

Thanks to Pastor Michael Brewster for accepting my debate challenge and debating with me at your church in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Thanks to Pastor Dan Nichols for having an open-to-the-public discussion about religious faith and atheism with me in the Downtown Arts building in Wilkes-Barre, PA and having me at your house for dinner.

Thanks to Reverend Shawn Walker for regularly meeting and chatting with me, moderating my debate with Pastor Brewster, and moderating my discussion with Pastor Dan Nichols.

Thanks to regular posters at the Slymepit for adding a good deal of humour to my life, helping make my appearances at conferences possible, and supporting me through difficult times.

Thanks to Brian Fields and Carl Silverman — activists for church/state separation in Pennsylvania — for collaborating with me on matters of activism, engaging in your individual activism, and supporting my work. Thanks to Erik Dickerson, Bill Dickerson, Ron D., Rodney Collins, and members of the NEPA Freethought Society for building community for non-theists in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Dorene S. for videotaping my objections to prayer at Wilkes-Barre City Council meetings, my debate with Pastor Brewster, and my discussion with Pastor Dan Nichols.

Thanks to Karla Porter for guidance, support, laughs, transportation, co-hosting Brave Hero Radio, and travelling with me to Women in Secularism 2.

2013 is not yet over. I am optimistic and anticipate more great things to come.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I give thanks once again to my supporters – all of whom I can’t recognize and mention in fewer than 700 words.

2013 PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference

atheist_humanist_logoI will be attending the 2013 PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference in Philadelphia which takes place from September 13 to September 15 and hope that you — if you are local — consider attending.

2012’s event at which I spoke was outstanding especially considering it was the conference’s inaugural year.

Those who are unable to attend may follow my Twitter account, @justinvacula, for live-tweets and updates concerning the event. I will also report on the event live and on-the-scene via Brave Hero Radio on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00PM.

Purchase tickets before the conference is sold out! See you there!

Fundraiser perks added, deadline approaching

Signed copy of Midnight's Children
Signed copy of Midnight’s Children

Last week, I launched an Indiegogo fundraiser so that I can attend the 2013 annual Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) convention in Madison, Wisconsin.

I have been working alongside the FFRF since 2011 challenging prayer at public government meetings, hanging banners (1, 2) on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, removing religious messages from county buses, challenging legislation such as a resolution declaring 2012 as “The Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania, and much more.

I plan to report on the conference via Brave Hero Radio, interview attendees/speakers, actively live-Tweet, and speak about my activism with the FFRF — per invitation — during their Sunday business meeting.

I need your help to do it.20130822_182540

I added two new perks to the fundraiser — one small and one big — a special poker set including dice, cards, and chips and a signed 25th anniversary edition of Midnight’s Children signed by its author Salman Rushdie. These perks are offered in addition to the Twitter shoutouts, signed postcards, and bumper stickers.

The fundraiser deadline — with 56 hours remaining at the time of this post — is soon approaching. With your help, I can reach my goal before the fundraiser ends.

I hope I can count on your support to help send me to the 2013 FFRF convention. All sharing and donations is appreciated. Support me and the FFRF.

Please contribute today.