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Archives for January, 2009

Even after several readings, there’s an exchange I completely fail to understand in Seed’s interview with outgoing presidential science adviser John Marburger: Seed: Did you see President Bush ever change his mind based on the scientific evidence that you presented him? John Marburger: As far as I can tell, the president, as a matter of…

“What” do you mean by that?

Look, it’s Ken’s “Buddy” Allan! (“All of Ken’s clothes fit him!”) This is my all-time favorite example of unintended scandal in advertising. I assume that this tagline somehow sounded okay in the 60s, but come on – those quotation marks are provocative regardless of the decade, because they’re just so unnecessary* Now via Pure Pedantry,…

Nooooooo! Worst Ad Ever!

I hate Battlefield Earth not because it’s a bad movie – bad movies can be fun! – but because it’s so unrelentingly bad, by the end I was just plain depressed that it existed. The same goes for this truly ghastly ad for Microsoft Songsmith. At first I thought it had to be a spoof.…

Tidying up modern art

Whether you love or hate modern art, you should find this amusing. Via Eva Amsen at Expression Patterns, I discovered this hilarious TED performance by Ursus Wehrli, author of the rather scarce book Tidying Up Art and its sequel. A deadpan Wehrli rescues modern art masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Keith Haring, Rene Magritte, Jasper…

ScienceOnline09!

ScienceOnline09 kicks off tonight. Formerly known as the Duke Blogging Conference, it’s a weekend of interactive sessions on science blogging with lots of Sciblings and others representing the science blogging collective. Follow along on the conference wiki or Scibling Bora’s blog for all the details. I am extremely disappointed that I am too sick to…

Definitely bio. Definitely ephemera. Definitely NSFW…

Won’t you be my neighbor?

I’m hooked on the website tiltshiftmaker.com – it lets you run a quick-and-dirty tilt-shift filter on your snapshots, making them look like miniature models. Here are some snapshots I took on Book Hill Park in Georgetown: are they not adorable? I’m waiting for the miniature train to run through. . . or Mr. Rogers to…

Larry Young has written a rather ambitious essay for Nature that skims over the prairie vole/AVPR1A research, breasts as erotic objects, and evidence of dopamine-based mother love on its way to a “view of love as an emergent property of a cocktail of ancient neuropeptides and neurotransmitters.” Young then asks whether “recent advances in the…

I went to a party the other day wearing the shirt above. I’d seen it online, expressed covetousness, and the staffer actually tracked it down and bought it for me (thus scoring major points for A) an early Christmas present, B) listening to my incessant stream-of-consciousness babble, and C) appreciating his girlfriend’s geeky streak.) Anyway,…

A West Point for Bureaucrats?

Something I wanted to blog this weekend during the downtime: Chris Myers Asch’s pitch for a public service academy to turn out well-prepared government employees. Asch doesn’t have Barack Obama’s support yet, but Hillary Clinton, Rahm Emanuel, and Joe Biden are onboard, according to the NYT.