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Archives for December, 2007

So does anyone want to lay odds on how long it will be before “discovery of the gay gene” gets spread like a crazed rhinovirus through the popular media? A recent press release announces the discovery that male fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) with mutations in the GB (genderblind) allele not only mate with female flies…

Through the initiatives of citizens – and voters – who take a keen interest in science and technology and governmental policies directed toward these, a proposal for a presidential candidates’ debate on issues of science and technology is now on the table. The background for this initiative may be found at The Intersection here on…

Mitt Romney gave his speech on religion today at the George Bush library. Read it here. It’s filled with the usual horseshit that one might expect from a man like Mitt: “Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs…

The Sudan Teddy Bear Flap

A new Pat Condell video regarding the “inappropriately named teddy bear” fiasco in the Sudan. As usual, it’s vintage Condell:

“What a waste of an Enlightenment”

Pat Condell answers some critics in the atheist community regarding so-called “hard line” atheist arguments to believers in the supernatural. It’s six and a half minutes well spent:

Guido Daniele is a superb illustrator. I’ve seen some of his sportswear bodypainting, for example, check out this track suit: Yes, he is naked. I had not encountered his hand critters. This really gives a whole new meaning to flipping the bird. If you can tolerate the barrage of advertisements, Animal Planet features videos of…

Cross-body Co-ordination

Readers of this blog know that, as a drummer, I am very keen on left-right symmetry of co-ordination. The drummer’s world is often filled with patterns (get the pun?) and being able to execute them equally well from the left versus right side opens creative possibilities. Time to get those mirror neurons up and running!…

Audio Island & Pattern Juggling

I have added two new categories to the refuge, Audio Island and Pattern Juggling, for the convenience of those interested in a couple of my “off the beaten path” jaunts. I have gone back and retagged a bunch of old posts and will use these tags in the future. Audio Island is basically a catch-all…