Archives for September 12, 2008

In many instances, a well thought-out regular expression can convince most non-technical people in the room that you’re a computer genius who’s brain possesses more synapses, forming more bridges and firing more rapidly than anyone’s ever should. Oh this is so true. The other day I was working on cleaning up some data with a…

Okapi: More lies than Sarah Palin!!!

Well, not really lies, but untruths. As perhaps the only person blogging on Scienceblogs.com who has actually eaten an okapi (Okapi johnstoni), I feel the need to clarify some misconceptions that are floating around about this beast. If you go to the Sb home page, you’ll find numerous links to the current Okapi story, about…

“Flee Ike or Face Certain Death” This is what is being told to residents of Galveston Texas and surrounding areas. I don’t know if that is strictly true or not, but it is close enough that you should listen. Or put it this way: If you stay, and you are wrong, those last few minutes…

Ike Update

I have a much larger post coming out about Ike and hurricanes in general, but for now here is a quick update: Ike is going to come ashore between Seven PM tongight and Seven AM tomorrow morning. Since it is a very large storm, the most severe winds will be affecting a very large area.…

Even if your facebook page is all about home improvement, you could be royally screwed by the intertubes… As part of a recent discussion on what to do about boobs, one commenter (on some site, somewhere) made note of a female scientist who eliminated possible post doc supervisors based on whether or not the prospective…

Life Science Teachers: Take special note! This is not yet an error in the mainstream press, but there is an error afoot, currently represented in the widely read slashdot, which I imagine will propagate. The purpose of this post is to alert you to this problem and prepare you for the occasion when you run…

Ike! Welcome to Texas!

The very outermost bands of Ike, which is a very large hurricane, are stroking the Texas coast this morning. These outer rain band are actually affecting Loiuisana as well. The center of Ike’s projected path is Galveston/Houston Texas, and landfall of the eye of the storm is currently projected at 1:00 AM local time Saturday…