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Archives for April, 2007

Identify My Little Snake

No, this is not some weird porno contest, I really want you to try to identify a couple little snakes I found in my garden. First an explanation. I have a couple of large four foot window boxes with everbearing strawberries in them that I leave on an elevated deck during the summer (no problem…

How many oratorios begin with a song celebrating biogenesis and conclude with an epilogue advising us to be good caretakers of our four billion year old home? As far as I know, only one and that would be Lifetime: Songs of Life and Evolution by David Haines. Lifetime had its North American premiere at the…

Dawkins on O’Reilly

As noted in an earlier entry, Richard Dawkins was on the BO’R show last night. There’s some discussion of it by fellow sciblings here and here. I didn’t expect much and thus I wasn’t disappointed. There is one item though that I would like to address and that’s the line often used by the hyper-religious…

Don’t Mention Jesus? Shocking!

OK, we’ve seen the overtly religious blame atheists and “evolutionists” for much of the evil in the world such as the recent tragedy in Virginia, but did you know that if you don’t mention the glory of JC specifically when bad things happen, you’re a bad person? Check out this dreck. Here’s a taste: “Our…

Friday Flower Porn: on hiatus

…until Movable Type will allow me to embed one of my own images, and that nasty Forbidden message stops taunting me. Or I’ll take that as one more hint that this Friday feature’s entertainment value is minimal at best.

This is entirely unscientific, unless one wishes to calculate to trajectory of the flying pizza wedge, but entirely hootworthy. It had me hooting partly because I can just imagine how the Sox fans drenched in beer sounded, but mostly because the announcers for the New England Sports Network yammer on and on to the point…

Mighty Mite Sex Returns!

If it’s about spiders and sex, it’s gotta be Live Science! Well, to be accurate, the critters are not spiders, but mites from the family Crotoniidae. These mites reproduce sexually, which is not much of an eyebrow raiser until one considers that their close relatives, the Camisiidae, reproduce by parthenogenesis.

Xena, Warrior Scientist!

I freely admit it. I routinely destroy my neoencephalon by watching all manner of crap on television. I am not one of those overweening snobs who daintily curl an upper lip as I sneer, “I never watch television.” I love popular culture, and frankly, find a dose of mindless television to be relaxing, and occasionally…

Tell Me the Truth Al

The April 8th edition of ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopulous featured a blurb with Walter Isaacson who will be releasing a biography of Einstein shortly. In it, he pushes the idea that Einstein was a deeply spiritual man: He said he was like a child walking into a library, and you see the books…

Whatizzit?

A few stark lines on a white background could represent any number of things. What do you see? (My cheesy drawing was inspired by the cover artwork from an early 80′s Frank Zappa album.)