Archives for November 14, 2008

California? Artistic? Theater director? Homophobic fundy? Will wonders never cease? The artistic director at California’s largest nonprofit musical theater company resigned Wednesday amid protests over his donation to a campaign to ban gay marriage in the state. Scott Eckern stepped down from his job at the California Musical Theater in Sacramento after some gay activists…

The paper I’m about to discuss is a minefield of potential misconceptions that arise from the way we often use language do describe natural phenomena. This is a situation where it would be easier to start with a disclaimer … a big giant obvious quotation mark … and then use the usual misleading, often anthropomorphic…

Judge Agrees: Coleman Is Corrupt

During the Franken – Coleman senatorial campaign in Minnesota, Republican Norm Coleman issues a number of very negative campaign ads filled with misrepresentations and lies about Al Franken. Meanwhile, Democrat Al Franken issued ads critical of Norm Coleman. There was a difference: Coleman’s ads were lies, Franken’s ads were accurate. Nonetheless, Coleman, known not only…

… or should I say “Archeology.” Analytical Archaeology by David Clarke is a medium size blue book about methods in archaeology that, during the 1970s and 1980s was probably required reading in all graduate level method and theory archaeology classes. It may still be in many cases. Clarke was one of the founders of “processual”…

Texas School Board Creationist Goes Wacko

… which should not be a huge surprise. Here are a few quotes from the recently published … then hastily removed … column of Cynthia Dunbar, who is a member of the Texas State Board of Education. Yes, she’s one of the creationists: Can we truly even imagine an America under an Obama Administration? I…

Science and Fiction–An Open Call

Stephanie Z will be moderating a session on science fiction as a tool for science communication [and is ] looking for input on the topic and to start an online conversation between science fiction writers and science bloggers. Go here to have your say!

Quick, GO CRASH THIS POLL

Do it for PZ. He needs the cheering up considering the awful thing that happened to him today. (click the picture of the poll)

Blorg Muffining

What difference is there, really, between a roll, a muffin, and a croissant? So what do we have in the blogosphere today, looking near the top of my blorg muffin… You need to promise you are over 18 and an adult to visit A Blog from Hell, but if you get past the security, you…

Pre Columbian Contact Archaeology

An excellent read: Muslim Sailors, a Skeptical Redux In a recent issue of Skeptic, Tim Callahan discusses the issue of ancient astronauts and lost civilizations.(1) This is perhaps one of the most frequent and popular theories of pseudo-archaeology, and certainly an area of concern ripe for a skeptical assessment.(2) Overall, Callahan does an admirable job…

The Coolest Letter Evah

From the commenter known as Elle… Front: Back: What could be in this mysterious envelope? I don’t know yet, but here is some evidence as to how cool it is. The weather conditions from the South Pole, where Elle now languishes with the penguins on the ice floes: