Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2004

Happy Anniversary, Tim Sandefur

Freespace, the blog of Timothy Sandefur, is celebrating its 1 year anniversary tomorrow. Tim is one of the reasons I’m glad I started blogging. In the early days of my blog, I found his and we hit it off right away. We share a love of James Madison and Daniel Dennett. I also recruited him…

Yet Another Distraction

Following in the footsteps of John Scalzi, I have been chosen to contribute to the Detroit News Weblog for the next month. I will be posting there on a daily or near-daily basis, just brief entries about the political campaign and politics in general. Feel free to drop by and tell me I’m full of…

The Passion of the ID Advocate

John Baez from UCal-Riverside, in addition to his many contributions to the field of mathematical physics, has given to us the enormously useful Crackpot Index. His index, which awards varying point values based upon the attributes of the claims being made, gives a fairly reliable indication of whether what is being offered is a genuinely…

My Favorite Things: Humorous Author

I posted on who I thought was the funniest comedian a few days ago, now it’s time for who I think is the funniest writer of our day. The award goes to Joe Queenan. Queenan is a freelance writer who has written in dozens and dozens of magazines as diverse as Spy and Forbes. He…

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has an interesting debate on the subject of the pledge of allegiance and the case before the Supreme Court right now. The participants are Douglas Laycock and Jay Sekulow, names familiar to anyone who follows constitutional law and religious liberty cases. Laycock, from the University of Texas…

March Madness, Baby!

This is my favorite time of the year. The beginning of springtime, with the temperatures going up and the birds chirping and the longer days, coincides with the one sporting event I really go crazy for – the NCAA basketball tournament. I’m a huge college basketball fan, one of those people who knows the names…

My Favorite Things: Comedian

As a former stand up comic, I get asked a lot who my favorite comedians are. I tend to like dark, edgy humor more than anything else, and if it’s got a real identifiable view of the world attached to it, so much the better. I think the best comic working today is Doug Stanhope.…

Whew!

I have been so unbelievably swamped with everything going on at The Panda’s Thumb, the new group science blog, that I haven’t posted anything here. I’m not letting this blog go by the wayside, I promise. Things have absolutely exploded with the new blog though. We got mentioned by a couple big blogs yesterday and…

A New Blog is Born

Announcing the formation of a new group blog, The Panda’s Thumb. Like a father with a new baby, I’m excited about this project and I’m telling everyone about it. The Panda’s Thumb is a group blog that will focus primarily on explaining the theory of evolution, critiquing the claims of the anti-evolution lobby, and defending…

National Corn Dog Day!

From my ever-slovenly but impishly charming pal Skip Evans comes the news that this past Saturday was National Corn Dog Day. For anyone out there who doesn’t know what a corndog is, this webpage explains it: Corn dogs are hot dogs dipped in corn batter, deep fried and served on a stick. Corn dogs were…