Archives for April 20, 2008

…. Be a cog in the wheel. Trust us, you’ll be happier ….

Chris Mooney, who every day seems to transmogrify more and more into a creationist apologist, makes the case that Expelled! is a box office success. He seems almost giddy about it in his post on the topic. I’m sure Chris will be blaming PZ Myers, me, the rest of us people for part of this.…

Be God

I have to confess that I really like Sim City. I have not touched it since I started blogging …. but I have many fond memories of firing all the hospital workers and unleashing tornadoes on wealthy neighborhoods, or using the terraforming tools to build landscape with a barely hidden but rich geological history then…

Microsoft Works

… I’m talking about the “office suite” known as Microsoft Works. I’m not suggesting that Microsoft works. Increasingly, more an more people don’t know what Microsoft Works is because it has fallen into increasing obscurity. It is a kind of office suite that has a word processor, spread sheet, and maybe some other stuff. It…

Expelled Dishonesty and Darwin

Steve Mirsky does a little Darwin Quote Mining reversal exercise in a recent post called “Never You Mine: Ben Stein’s Selective Quoting of Darwin:” One of the many egregious moments in the new Ben Stein anti-evolution film “Expelled” is the truncation of a quote from Charles Darwin so that it makes him appear to give…

Intertubes Will Clog in Two Years

AT&T is making the claim that the Internet will reach its full capacity limit by 2010. … Jim Cicconi, vice president of legislative affairs for AT&T, warned that the current systems that constitute the Internet will not be able to cope with the increasing amounts of video and user-generated content being uploaded. “The surge in…

Early Video of PZ Myers!!!

Not many people know this, but PZ Myers, when he was a little kid, made an appearance on Mr. Science (actually, PZ mentions this often in public lectures as a reason he got into science, but I’ve never noticed him say anything about this on his blog). This was the first episode ever made, but…

Apparently there are only about 75 known individuals over 110 years of age. Edna was born on April 20th, 1893 *. In that year, US Marines invaded Hawaii and overthrew the Hawaiian Queen. Thomas Edison was just finishing off construction of the first movie studio. President of the United States Grover Cleveland underwent secret surgery…

Louisiana State Senate Bill 561 is an “academic freedom” bill intended to push discussion of creationism, global warming denialism, and so on into state public schools. This is the latest in a long series of efforts of right wing fundamentalist christians to indoctrinate public school students in their particular religious (and political) beliefs.