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Matthew C. Nisbet put up a post today titled The Right Room for a Dialogue: New Policy on Anonymous Comments . In it, he writes: I’ve long questioned the value of anonymous blogging or commenting. Much of the incivility online can be attributed to anonymity. And with a rare few exceptions, if you can’t participate…

Blogiversary addendum.

Earlier today, I had this conversation with my better half. Dr. Free-Ride’s better half: (with a look of deep concern) So, I saw something in your post today. Dr. Free-Ride: Oh? (Wondering if a heinous typo got through cursory attempts at editing)

Five years ago today, I put up the first post on a blog that was mean to capture the overflow of discussions and ideas from my “Ethics in Science” class. Back then, I wasn’t entirely sure that I’d manage to maintain the blog through the end of the semester. It just goes to show you…

An open letter

… to the student in my “Ethics in Science” course. Today was our second class meeting, which is essentially the first real class meeting — the one in which, instead of just focusing on the overall arc of the course, and the assignments you’ll be doing, and the mechanics of finding the information you need…

Last-minute weekend plans.

It’s true that I recently returned from a fairly geeky conference, but I just found out about one happening practically in my backyard. And, given that I don’t yet have any papers to grade, I figured I should check it out. (Today is the last day to register without paying the late registration fee, in…

(As before, I’m still not sure whether, in the metaphor, the factory is building monkeys or staffed by monkeys. Perhaps, really, we’re in the business of making educated monkeys, and the problem is that our administration views this as akin to making widgets. Anyway, the point is: Explosions! Chaos! Shrieking! Brachiating along the pieces of…

New Year’s Eve gabfest.

If I were not involved in preparing food for Casa Free-Ride’s New Year’s Eve celebration (after which, I will be joining my family members to celebrate and/or test our endurance in the face of fatigue — I’ll let you know afterward which of those it ends up being), I would totally be writing you a…

In the last few days, I’ve gotten a bunch of emails reminding me that the window for tax-deductible charitable giving for the year is closing. So, as 2009 winds down, I want to make an appeal to those readers lucky enough to have a bit of money for discretionary spending. Last year I wrote: [T]o…

Movie review: Avatar.

While the sprogs were hanging out at the aquarium with the Grandparents Who Lurk But Seldom Comment, my better half and I went to see a 3-D IMAX screening of Avatar. My big concerns going in were that all the 3-D IMAX goodness would make me motion-sick, and that if that didn’t get me, then…

Back to posting soon.

… once my fingertips holler “Uncle!” and tell me to take a break from my new ukulele. To help you pass the time, some uke players who are way better than the n00b that I am on day 2 of my musical odyssey: