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I always snicker when I hear folks talking about “liberal leaning colleges”, especially when they are referring to small junior and community colleges. I do not consider our community college faculty to be particularly liberal, nor is our campus a “hotbed of liberal activism”. In fact, a number of my colleagues are staunch Republicans. Yet,…

A recent analysis of the performance of our current president relative to that of someone many folks like to make fun of reveals a surprising conclusion.

Just as a toddler who persisently pokes the light socket with a fork, looking for the forbidden jolt, so I invariably open spider links on Live Science. This latest salacious spidey-bit did not disappoint. I’m beginning to think that spider sex on Live Science is equiavlent to the cheesecake shots in Rupert Murdoch tabloids. Creepy:…

Humor as a Dada Concept

An ancient National Lampoon once intoned “Fun is where you find it.” I have found this to be a useful rule to live by. The intersection of humor, Dada, and a vacationer armed with a digital camera can bring entertaining results.

Frink Tank – Not Dead Yet

…but on life support. Sadly, the Frinksters and their fearsome pants-armadillos are entubated and awaiting a court order. Frink Tank filled a much needed niche in the science blogs arena, and in fact they were part of this cozy community until they were sent packing into exile for something unspeakable. A word from the Frinks:…

Shelley at Retrospectacle tagged the Chimp Refuge for a Thinking Blogger Award Hey, thanks, Shelley, but when you mention “scathing wit,” we know you’re talking about Kev and Jim because women just aren’t funny. Anyway, the rules for the tag you’re it blogger game are to be found here at The Thinking Blog Here are…

When I was a little kid, I frequently snuck into my older brother’s room and read his collection of science fiction books and pulp magazines (see previous post on SF&F books). My mother, who was (and is) a big fan of The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (a lovely book and recommended) thought…

C’mon, Mr. Wasp. You know you want it. You know you do. Many thanks to my longtime (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) Internet friend for getting this past the porn filters on my computer. This lovely orchid resides at the Krohn Convervatory in Cincinnati, OH.

After all my previous squawking about women reading science fiction and fantasy, OK, I mean hottus scientificas chicas who do or do not read the genre, I can’t believe I missed this. Well, maybe I can. I am a near geriatric, after all. Here are the various responses from my SciBlings: Most Significant SF &…

Long time no see. I took something of a hiatus from the hootacular environs of the Refuge due to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at DOPI:* performance reviews for 2006 and objectives setting for 2007. I know. I shouldn’t whine and bitch about this, seeing how much work you academics put into the…