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Archives for February, 2009

San Francisco based company Cordarounds seems hell-bent on living up to every stereotype about that quirky city. Their store is online-only and features a trippy blog. Their catalog ads involve horizontal corduroy pants worn by attractive-and/or-grungy people drinking, eating, playing guitar, camping, reading The Satanic Verses in a reversible smoking jacket, that sort of mundane…

A clever ad seen in Washington, DC:

Because I don’t think the creators of Guitar Hero World Tour quite get it. . .

For my DC peeps: I’ve been helping one of my colleagues with an event for college journalists, to be held next Friday at NIH (Bethesda, MD). It’s a roundtable discussion on the challenges of covering addiction issues; scheduled guests include Lisa Stark of ABC News, Lauran Neergaard from the AP, and Jacqueline Duda of the…

Pride and Prejudice Predator?

No they are not!

While reading the New Yorker yesterday I came across this gem of a quote from the late John Updike, which eloquently expresses one of the ideas I was reaching for in my own Darwin Day post. The non-scientist’s relation to modern science is basically craven: we look to its discoveries and technology to save us…

Lepidus timidus Erica il Cane, 2007 Erica il Cane (AKA ericailcane AKA “Eric the dog”) would be the perfect illustrator for that macabre children’s book about vivisection that Edward Gorey should have written. In his etchings and drawings, adorable anthropomorphic creatures interact with labeled skeletons or watch as their own organs are neatly exposed. Disturbing,…

Valentine’s Day

I look back over my life. I try to find analogies. There are none. I have longed for people before, I have loved people before. Not like this. It was not this. Give me a world, you have taken the world I was. –from “Tag” by Anne Carson read the

These Periodic Table of Sentiments cards by Pink Loves Brown are the atom bomb. Happy Birthday is represented by element Hb, etc. So clever! But why isn’t there a Valentine’s Day card suitable for telling that special geek about your deep chemical attraction? What could say “love” better than element Vd?? Believe it or not,…

Taking Darwin’s name in vain

Yesterday I prepared to write my Darwin Day post by attending a panel discussion at the Center For American Progress here in DC. The discussion was ostensibly about “evolution, transcendence, and the nature of faith,” which led my friend Colin and I to hope for a spirited debate – perhaps even a die-hard creationist who…