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Archives for September, 2008

The Amazing Geb

Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia just broke his own world marathon best at Berlin this morning by being the first human being ever to traverse the 26.2 mile race distance in under 2 hours 4 minutes. Geb clocked 2:03:59 chopping nearly half of a minute off of his old record. This works out to 4:43.7 per…

Sam Harris on Sarah Palin

No, not literally (yeow, there’s an image I don’t need). Harris had some wonderful commentary in Newsweek on the Republican VP candidate. Of particular worth is the following comment regarding “elitism” in US politics: Ask yourself: how has “elitism” become a bad word in American politics? There is simply no other walk of life in…

Michael Medved: Village Idiot

Michael Medved’s speech at the “Values Voter” Summit in Washington was a wonderful example of lunacy and demagoguery. I’ll bypass the entire concept of a “values voter” to begin with as it implies that there’s a voting segment that has “no values” (even Adolf Hitler had values, just not ones that most sane people share).…

Pollitt on Palin

There’s a great piece over on The Nation by Katha Pollitt regarding Sarah Palin. Pollitt offers a dozen questions that I’m sure will never be asked on a televised “debate” but should.

Hox in the Box: Evo-Devo on TV

A couple of posts back, I plugged the Spore game a bit, and I see that proprietor of Pharyngula asks if anyone has played the game yet? PZ shrugs his skeptical shoulders and says insouciantly (well, maybe…I just like the adverb): I’ve played with the creature creator, which is actually rather fun…but it’s really just…

Palin’s Top Ten “Experience” List

There have been some particularly inane comments regarding Sarah Palin’s “experience” including this bit of craziness from Steve Doocy of Fox News (and echoed by Cindy McCain a short time later). Applying the same sort of logic, we naturally arrive at the following top-ten list. 10. Alaska is the land of the “Midnight Sun”, consequently,…

Abiogenesis as a Tetris game!

So Spawn the Elder (my son) is an avid gamer in such milieus as World of Warcraft, Halo, Civilization, and Lord of the Rings Online, the latter of which, errr, I might have indulged in a few times — I’m pretty hopeless with gaming so my foray into Middle-earth was an unmitigated disaster. So the…