Archives for July, 2012

With all of my recent travels, I feel like most of the last few weeks have been spent either on the road or preparing to go on the road. I will be making another pilgrimage to New York next week, mostly business this time, but some pleasure as well. As a result, a lot of…

Kentucky is a Beautiful State

I’m back in Virginia again, after another successful trip. This time I was mostly in Kentucky, visiting various friends. It’s a shame that nowadays Kentucky is known primarily for bourbon, horse racing and creationism, since it’s really a very beautiful state. Among my ports of call was Morehead, KY to visit my friend Robin. She’s…

Here’s Texas Republican representative Louie Gohmert explaining the cause of the killings at that Colorado movie theater: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had…

Hitting the Road. Again.

It’s been fun spending a few days at home in Virginia, but it’s time to hit the road again. Tomorrow I will hop into the Jasonmobile and head west. Since I seek out only the choicest tourist destinations, I will be spending time in Loveland, OH; Bowling Green, KY; and Morehead, also KY. Fun! I’ll…

Via Andrew Sullivan, we have this interesting essay, by Jacob Weisberg, discussing why Mitt Romney is struggling to defend his history at Bain Capital. The whole essay is worth reading, but I especially liked this part: Romney’s Bain career is a story about rising inequality. It’s telling that George Romney, Mitt’s father, made around $200,000…

Alienating Moderates

In the course of a generally favorable review of Among the Creationists over at The Panda’s Thumb blog, Matt Young wrote the following: Nevertheless, he takes a dim view of, for example, an argument that reinterprets original sin as the selfishness that drives evolution. I will not go into detail, but this kind of thinking…

Another Review of the BECB

Another day, another review of of the Big Evolution/Creation Book. This time it’s Matt Young over at The Panda’s Thumb. His verdict? Among the Creationists is well written, well formatted, and well organized (though I thought that most of the content of the endnotes should have been incorporated into the text). It has a good…

The BECB (that’s the The Big Evolution/Creationism Book, for those not up on the local slang) has now been reviewed in the academic journal Evolution and Development. The reviewer is Rudolf Raff, a prominent biologist at Indiana University. The review is available here, though I think you need a subscription to the journal to access…

Wildlife Pic of the Day

I’m back in Virginia for a few days. I’ll be hitting the road once again on Friday, heading west this time to visit friends in Kentucky. In the meantime, here’s an interesting photo of the light fixture hanging between the garage doors of my parent’s house: What’s that ball-like thing underneath the light? Let’s take…

New York City is Never Boring

I have now reached the last leg of my travels. I was in Philadelphia for several days last week, and was in upstate New York over the weekend. Currently I’m in New York City. Last night I attended Monday Night Magic at the Players Theater in Greenwich Village. All of the acts were very enjoyable,…

How to Cook a Hot Dog

As preparation for your fourth of July barbecue, watch this video about how to cook a hot dog. It’s very clever, despite being spoiled somewhat at the end by the application of ketchup to the finished dog. As Dirty Harry once said, nobody but nobody puts ketchup on a hot dog!

World’s Hardest Sudoku?

I haven’t tried to solve this yet, but considering the headline I feel honor-bound to give it a try. It’s a pity it wasn’t available in time to include in the Big Sudoku Book, since we have a section discussing how the difficulty of a puzzle is determined.