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Archives for August, 2009

Well, we’re back at the old homestead but today it took us 12 grueling hours in the car. We had hoped to get back earlier (it’s almost midnight now) and have the time and energy to djinn up a new post, but it isn’t to be. But it’s hurricane season again and Danny Boy just…

The imposters among us

We’re still on the road, but if all goes well we’ll be pulling up to the old homestead later today. So this will be among the last of the links to previous posts and we’ll be back in harness shortly, again masquerading as whoever we are masquerading as. You decide. But a propos of that…

Freethinker Sunday Sermonette: Ted Kennedy

I only met Ted Kennedy once, many years ago. I was working with parents whose children had been stricken with leukemia in Woburn, Massachusetts. We were trying to answer the simplest of questions: why their children? These were wonderful and extraordinary people, supported by their local minister, himself an ordinary extraordinary man. They were a…

Cell phones

The car is almost packed and this is the last post before I unplug from the net and we are actually on the road. But by tonight I’ll probably be connected again because the cheapie motels we stay in usually have free WiFi, unlike the expensive ones that charge you $15 a day for the…

We’re starting to pack the car for the trek homeward. It’s a thousand mile drive so we aren’t going to do it in a day. But in my youth I once drove alone for 17 straight hours in a VW beetle that had no radio, stopping only to gas up and use the bathroom. Which…

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity

We’re still at the beach (you’re probably tired of hearing that, but Mrs. R. is already wringing her hands and gnashing her teeth at the thought that next week we won’t be able to say it), and it’s really hot here. Nineties and humid. Two years ago (August 2007) we were also here and it…

The science of “greenhouse gases”

Here’s some scientific background to the climate change discussion (we refuse to call it a controversy). Basic science literacy, explaining what a greenhouse gas is: “Primer on greenhouse gases”: Part I Part II . Nothing controversial. Just basic science literacy.

World Health Organization: a primer

Over the years we’ve written quite a bit (well over 3000 posts) here and on the old site at blogger.com. Some of them have been ephemeral comments, some of them whimsical and but many of them dealing with serious topics that couldn’t be accommodated in the format of a single blog post. The ones explaining…

More flu science

While we fritter away our last week at the beach, here’s another installment of past posts on flu science. There are three subjects, but one of them took three installments to relate. That’s because these involve cutting edge science papers in influenza science and we wanted to take enough time to explain them in ways…

A full year before the housing market had a melt down (Sept. 2008), the mosquitoes knew: “Adjustable rate mortgages and West Nile Virus infection”