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Kiva 500k

Published February 16th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Congratulations and thanks everyone, Kiva Team FSM passed $500k in contributions!

The counter above is live, you can post it on your site with this code and it will show our team’s total amount loaned:

<a href="http://kiva.org/team/fsm?default_team=fsm">
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Please join our team if you haven’t already – Kiva is an amazing organization.

Update Let’s brainstorm for our next fundraising goal. Some ideas:

* Average of 10 loans per member (we’re currently at 7.7)

* Get our team on the first page on the community listings. This would mean hitting a Total Amount Loaned amount of > $650k

* Get our team to first place in the Religious Congregations category. Our team is in second place. In first place are the Kiva Baha’is, a very charitable group – they have only 190 members but have raised more than $650k – amazing.

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Kentucky considering “academic” bible classes

Published February 13th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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The Kentucky Post reports the state of Kentucky is considering allowing the Christian Bible to be studied in school.  

From state Senator Bowen:

No doubt about it, the most important book ever written and obviously, it’s had so much influence on our society and all of Western civilization.

Senator Bowen sponsored the Bill “which would direct the state Department of Education to develop a course curriculum around the Bible, which local school councils could then approve for teaching in their schools.”

The bill was approved by Kentucky’s State Senate and now goes to the House for review.

Ostensibly the purpose of the legislation is to ensure that the teaching of the bible is taught in the context of literature or as a part of culture.  That would be nice.  Of course this blurring of the separation of church and state will cause overreaching by those who feel its their Duty to God as it has in the past.

I would love to see a comparative religion course made mandatory in public schools across the US.  

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Noodly Ski Hat

Published February 12th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Steve sent us a picture of his new ski hat. I love it.

*Update*  Steve wrote instructions so you can make your own.

 

Instructions to make your own Noodly Ski Hat:

It’s easier than you might think – here’s a list of what you need:

Ingredients

  • Woolly hat, preferably a dark color. (I think mine was polyester rather than wool, see the comment on the letters below)
  • Noodly appendages. Two 12-packs of "chenille stems". Mine were 12 inches long, 15mm diameter.
  • Eyestalks. Chenille rope. This came as a long length, larger diameter than the stems. Cut to length.
  • Eyes. Come in packets of various sizes, mine were 1/2in diameter.
  • Meatballs. Brown colored pom-poms. Approx 3in diameter.
  • (optional) Meat sauce. One ball of red-brown "marinara" colored yarn or wool.
  • (optional) Iron-on fabric letters. Mine were 3/4in tall.
  • Rubber cement.
  • Needle and thread.

Most of the above should be available at your local craft store, I picked up mine at Hobby Lobby.

Construction (refer to the photo)

Eyestalks. Start by making the spiral at one end (the spiral provides a base to stick on the eyes). Then create the rest of the flat "U" shape and finish up with another spiral. Cut off any excess (see diagram). The wire in the material allows the eyestalks to stand upright and be pointed in any direction.

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Attach the eyeballs with rubber cement. I put two at each end of the stalks, one on each side – his noodliness is all-seeing! Lay a book or two on top to clamp it down while the glue sets.

Attach meatballs and eyestalks. Lay the flat bottom part of the eyestalk assembly across the top of the hat. Take your needle and thread and attach the meatballs to the hat, while at the same time holding the eyestalks in place.

Add noodles! Poke the noodles into the hat from the outside. When halfway in, loop the noodle back on the inside and poke it back out, half an inch or so to the side of where it went in. Poke the noodles in all around the hat, but close to the meatball/eyestalk combination, i.e near the top of the hat. At the end of each noodle fold it back on itself for the last quarter inch or so to prevent any sharpness from the end of the wire injuring those being touched by his noodly appendage (see diagram). The wire in the chenille stems means they will keep their shape and they can be arranged to your satisfaction, or left to the rigors of normal wear.

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Add sustenance. While being anointed by his noodly presence it is only right to provide him sustenance. Loosely wrap the yarn around the hat multiple times (I think we did 30-40 wraps), and secure it loosely in place at four points around the hat with needle and thread.

Add letters. I turned up the bottom inch and a half of the hat brim and ironed on the letters. The instructions called for a hot iron but this will melt, or seriously flatten, polyester fibers in the hat itself. Experiment with lower temperatures that still allow the letters to adhere, if you have a polyester hat. Once again I added letters both front and back so that all could revel in his noodliness.

Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and construction, depending on personal preference and availability. My thanks go to Sue for her help with all aspects of construction that involved needle and thread!

Ramen

You can download Steve’s instructions as a PDF here:

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Thanks, Steve!

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Trauma sighting (the TV show)

Published February 9th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Edgar spotted the FSM in Episode 17 of Trauma. 

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Pirate Fish Coffee Table

Published February 1st, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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This is a coffee table I built for our dorm paying tribute to the FSM with a pirate fish logo. Keep doing what you’re doing.

-Wes

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Old painting sighting

Published January 29th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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I stumbled across this old painting in an ancient text on the internet.

It looks like a powerful Pastarfarian. Check out those lovely spaghetti locks and luscious meatball eyes. I wonder, is there more to the story than we yet realize? Could The mighty Spaghetti Monster have sent a messenger to this world in times gone by to preach of His noodly love?

Tom

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Design contest winner

Published January 25th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Congratulations to Bomba, winner of the design contest:

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There were many great entries but Bomba’s stood out as something special.  Several people have seen the design and commented “this needs to be on a beer bottle”, and I couldn’t agree more.  It makes a lot of sense – I’m sure we’d spike sales for whoever wanted to put out a Pastafarian seasonal. 

But for now you can get the design on a t-shirt.  I suggest we do this again, as soon as sales cover the cost of running the contest.  It was a lot of fun.  I know there were some designers who weren’t able to meet the deadline and FSM knows we are in need of some more Propaganda art.

I put the design up at the FSM shirt store. It’s available on various shirt styles and colors.   The cheapest is $13.99.

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He Boiled

Published January 24th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Here’s a new propaganda flyer courtesy of designer Ritchie:

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Download link

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pirate ship cake pan

Published January 22nd, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Cristof spotted this pirate ship cake pan on reddit (unknown link).

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Cappuccino Kuala Fudge FSMcake

Published January 21st, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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It is my friend Carmen’s birthday today and the one request she made for her birthday was a White Russian Cake with FSM decor. So I made her a Cappuccino Kuala Fudge Cheesecake with his Noodleyness.

– Willa, Raleigh, North Carolina

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