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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…

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 &…

Punkins!

Like myriad other normal Americans, my wife and I like to carve what we affectionately call punkins the weekend before the empty hotdog holiday (AKA Hollow-weenie). While my wife just sort of dives right in, hacking out gourd-guts with a butcher knife and great zeal, I tend toward the more methodical, usually sketching a face…

Those wacky vivisectionists!

From Nicholas Gurewitch’s Perry Bible Fellowship:

30 Days, of Hell in Heaven

If you haven’t seen it, 30 Days is Supersize Me author Morgan Spurlock’s show on FX. The premise is straight-forward: immerse someone for 30 days in a situation opposite to what they’re used to. Ostensibly, the idea is to learn “how the other half lives”, so to speak. The August 9 episode featured a woman,…

What movie do you think does something admirable (though not necessarily accurate) regarding science? Bonus points for answering whether the chosen movie is any good generally…. My tastes in sci-fi movies are similar to PZ’s, and likewise, are indefensible. Heck, I’m a fan of SciFi Originals, and really, I don’t think Mansquito did much to…

My elder kid and I returned yesterday from Madison, Wisconsin where he spent a couple of days taking placement tests and becoming oriented and advised. Poor guy. He is in some danger of being pegged as a reviled “Coastie.” . Fortunately, he belongs to an uber-nerd species whose habits and nature are a far cry…

Viva La Evolucion!

Last night’s Simpson’s episode was a repeat of “The Monkey Suit” (HABF14) which first aired in May, and I recall this was hashed over a bit here before SciBlogs bloated outwards in June. But hey, as the most boring woman on Earth, I’m inclined to be repetitive, redundant even. Here’s the synopsis of the show…