Archives for July, 2008

Blog Carnivals Galore!

The Carnival of the Elitist Bastards #3 is, where else, at the Big Kahuna’s blog: Pharyngula. (He’s not really an elitist bastard.) All Things Eco carnival is at Focus Organic Travel on a Shoestring Carnival: South America, Africa, Middle East #6 is t Less Than a Shoestring Should there be an Open Access Blog Carnival?…

I shall be released.

Well, not me exactly. But a couple of important Linux items have been released. KDE 4.1 is out and is said to ‘rock’. I find this particularly interesting: One of the most controversial announcements during the KDE 4.1 development cycle was the reported removal of icons for the desktop. In actuality, desktop icons are not…

Blogospherics: Recommended reads

From the silly to the sublime. Starting with the silly: You must go HERE to read the punchline. Regarding energy and energy conservation (hey, I watched the Car Talk TV special last night, anybody see it? I mus say that The Car Talk Twins look nothing in life like the disembodied voice we assume they…

NASAs Phoenix Steps in Puddle

Check this out. NASA Phoenix Mars lander has images of a surface beneath the lander that has changed from mid-June to mid July, They are calling it the “snow queen.”

 Sabertooth Cat, Megantereon nihowanensisl There are two kinds of “true cats.” Cat experts call one type feline or “modern” partly because they are the ones that did not go extinct. If you have a pet cat, it’s a modern/feine cat. This also includes the lions, tigers, leopards, etc. The other kind are called “sabercats”…

No, wait, they meant Mussolini. Whoa.. Hat Tip, Amused Muse.

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An ugly fact killing a beautiful hypothesis I’m not mentioning any names, and don’t ask me any details. In fact, don’t repeat this story. Some years ago, when I was a mere graduate student, a fellow student working in an unnamed country in Africa discovered a very very old stone artifact. To this day, this…

A gingerbread computer can be complicated. When you, Joe or Mary user, buy a computer at Best Buy or Computer Village or order a computer from Dell or Gateway, you get a computer with a system already installed. Do you think they had any trouble installing that system on that computer? Do you think that…

Did Past Climate Changes Promote Speciation in the Amazon? Any time you’ve got a whopping big river like the Amazon (or a mountain chain like the Andes, or an ocean, or whatever), you’ve gotta figure that it will be a biogeographical barrier. Depending on the kind of organisms, big rivers, high mountains, oceans, forests, deserts,…