Archives for December, 2007

Sacred Parthenogenesis

Virginia Hughes — that bright, lovely and suddenly quite aptly named minion of our Seed Overlords — has asked me to write something about parthenogenesis. (That’s virgin birth, for you non-Greeks.) Now, I don’t know anything about biological parthenogenesis. I just suspect that my wife may have that capability, since our daughter looks like a…

Bike Crash Glamour Shot

My Bulgarian ICQ buddy Tatyana Mircheva is studying design in Birmingham, UK. Recently, she published this photograph on her blog. It’s really good, and I assumed it was some professional advertising shot she’d lifted from the net. Turns out it’s a self-portrait, shot at home with the aid of a bedroom lamp and a blanket…

Blog Carnival Call for Submissions

Wednesday 5 December will see the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival appear in all its archaeo/anthro glory at Remote Centrral. If you have read or blogged anything good on those themes lately, then make sure to submit it to Tim ASAP. (You are encouraged to submit stuff you’ve found on other people’s blogs.) The first…

Swedish Skeptics 25 years

Today, the Swedish Skeptics Society celebrated its 25th anniversary with an afternoon seminar in Stockholm. I’ve been a member since 1997, a co-editor of the society’s journal Folkvett since 2002 and a board member since 2004. The >2000-member society is Sweden’s nearest equivalent of CSI (formerly CSICOP), but it has certain unusual traits. For one…