Archives for June 24, 2008

The blogger’s birthday

I want to explain about birthdays and bloggers. This is going to take a couple of minutes. Blogging is a new kind of social phenomenon generally speaking, and it is still very new to me. So much of it remains to be worked out. I have to say, in this regard, I ‘ve been watching…

Sex Ratio Bias in India

Sometimes boys are worth more, sometimes girls are worth more. In an evolutionary sense. Or, more correctly, the value of a certain sex … as an offspring … can be measured in fitness terms. Fisher noted this and hypothesized this was the explanation for the 50-50 sex ratio we usually see. As one sex becomes…

An utterly incomprehensible paper has been produced by a team of physicists, designed to make everyone feel better about the possibility that the Large Hadron Collider will produce black holes that will suck the Earth into themselves. There is no effort whatsoever in this paper to speak to normal people. The most I can get…

Gotha!!! Big Goof in Press Report

We anthropologists love this stuff. This is why we go to zoos. So we can stand around near the ape cage and say to people .. “No, that’s not a monkey. It’s an ape….” and so on. Look a this cute little guy: Obviously, this is an emperor tamarin, Sanguinus imperator. But the news report…

Continuing with our discussion of the Evolution 2008 conference … Yet another item from the first day of the conference, the pre-conference teachers day sponsored by Evolution 2008 and the Minnesota Citizens for Science Education (MnCSE) … The Minnesota Citizens for Science Education presented Ken Hubert with an award. I am blanking on the name…

I had the strangest dream last night: …The DHS girl had picked up that something was amiss, but a strategically placed index finger run from just behind her ear down to her throat while I explained the situation alleviated her concerns. She was suddenly quite helpful, and half a ton of red tape miraculously disappeared.…

Technology Tidbits

A new thing called “sporn” hits the intertubes Erv writes a post: SPORE: Obvious happens, EA shocked which points out a flaw in the plan by EA games to take over the world … they may be causing the “The Internet is ruining society” scenario du jour. You see, spores (entities that users, players of…

Seven Days of Carlin One