Archives for August 11, 2008

You will recall a review I wrote some time ago of a book called “Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments” by Robert Bruce Thompson, and published by O’Reilly. I liked the book a lot and strongly recommended it for homeschoolers and hobbyists who were serious about chemistry. Now, we have a news report of someone…

Playing with Google Trends

I was interested to see how much blogospheric (including on line news sites, etc.) attention was being given to the firebombing of the home of a scientist by ‘animal rights activists’ vs. the death of 32 monkeys in a Charles River Research lab in Sparks, Nevada. A google search showed vastly different levels of coverage…

… declaring them to be wimps, prudes, and possibly chicken-poop racists. If you’re moderately literate, you’ve probably heard of The Jewel of Medina, the scandalous book about Aisha, the child bride of Muhammad, which Random House pulled from their publication schedule … The book had reached the stage of galleys without anyone at Random House…

I find it interesting that people are suggesting that the Georgian move on South Ossetia a few days ago occurred when it did because the Olympics are on and no one would notice because they would all be watching the sports. Meanwhile, at this particular moment, the highest ranking story regarding the Olympics on the…

Isaac Hayes 1942-2008

Hayes died Sunday apparently while working out, though no cause of death has been released at this time. Bernie Mac, too, as you probably have already heard. Details available at all major news outlets.

Republic of Georgia Update

Cyberattacks on Georgian Internet and continued fighting within the country. News below the fold. Meantime, here’s a map:

Blog Roll

Powerup ~ Primordial Blog ~ Pro-science ~ Providentia ~ Punk Professor ~ Pure Pdantry ~ QuarkScrew ~ Quintessence of Dust ~ Racism Today ~ RealClimate ~ Reasic (global warming) ~ Red State Rabble ~ Reduce to Common Sense ~ Respectful Insolence ~ Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog ~ Richard Dawkins Net ~ Riverside Rambles ~ Runesmith’s…