Archives for June 23, 2008

My own personal spore saga

Yes, I too was asked by EA games to install and test Spore. That is their hot new product. I have run into certain hurdles. This is the best I could do for spores:

This finger needs a ring! (soure) … then it’s OK if the ‘woman’ is a guy in drag, right? The couple walked into a Norfolk courthouse on a spring day, exchanged a few words, and within 10 minutes, were seemingly husband and wife. It was an unremarkable ceremony – except that several weeks later, officials…

Triatoma infestans, Chagas vector This is the conclusion of a report to be published in the June 2008 PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases journal. The report, by Peter Hotez of George Washington University and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, is a clear indictment of economic disparity in the United States. The bottom line: Many poor Americans are,…

NASA’s Got a New Web Site

NASA’s JPL has a new web site which focuses on surface conditions on one specific planet: The Earth. It has a Sea Level Viewer which is basically a very fancy menu for a number of multi-media presentations, and a list of current or proposed missions. I am not overly impressed with this, but it may…

Continuing with our discussion of the Evolution 2008 conference … Karen Oberhauser talked about the “single species” approach to pedagogy. This involves focusing on a single species and using it throughout an entire course. Karen has taught classes on this approach for teachers’ professional development programs. The species she uses is the Monarch Butterfly. Karen…

Carnival

Encephalon #48: The Usual Suspects is now up at Neuroanthropology

Today’s List of Things To Do

Ruin this poll on abortion UPDATE: This one too. Look at cute pictures of cute birds and cute mammals and shit. Read this unbelievable post at Larry Moran’s site about a professor who sued her students for being unenlightened. Which would be cool if they really were, but is totally uncool because clearly it is…

Or older. In fact, my hero is dead. For me, George Carlin was inspirational, influential, even formative, on a personal level. For society, Carlin was extraordinarily important. He should have gotten a Nobel for making people think even when they did not want to. He was about to be awarded the annual Mark Twain Prize…