Archives for December 3, 2008

The 5:56 meme variant

I have been memed, and its a good one. The meme comes from Almost Diamonds, and here’s the rules: – You can pick and choose the books to find the most interesting sentences. – At least five of the books should be fiction. – Try not to use books that are so obscure no one…

Life is good

… or at least much improved. Two packages arrived today. One containing samples of the Cafe Press merchandise that I created in order to provide a suitable award for the 20 thousandth commenter on this blog plus or minus one. The central commenter and her/his standard deviates will each receive a hat or a mug…

National Science Standards: We can haz!

On Change.org, the site where you can submit ideas and/or vote on ideas and then Obama has to do them … or at least listen … a college student named Griffin Jeffrey has suggested that we create nationalliy required science standards. National standards on the teaching of Evolution and the origins of life, decided on…

Win Ben Stein’s mind

I absolutely love this: I’ve been accused of refusing to review Ben Stein’s documentary “Expelled,” a defense of Creationism, because of my belief in the theory of evolution. Here is my response. Ben Stein, you hosted a TV show on which you gave away money. Imagine that I have created a special edition of “Who…

Four Stone Hearth

The 54th edition of Four Stone Hearth, the Anthropology Web Carnival, is up at International Cognition and Culture.

Unbelievable Species

New species, thousands of them, have been discovered on a tiny island in the Pacific. Click on the picture of the blog to read all about it at Zooillogix: Then, when you are done looking at that blog post, get yourself to a magazine stand and pick up the November-December issue of American Scientist, where…

Everybody’s talking about the Body Swap Illusion. So why should I bother. Here’s what you need to know: The original paper is here, at PLoS. Here are some blog posts on the topic: Neurophilosophy: The Body Swap Illusion Not Exactly Rocket Science: The Quantum Leap effect.

Tramplings

Tramplings. Sounds like the title of a Stephen King novel. And it may as well be. When the news of the Wal-Mart empoloyee being trampled to death was coming out, the thought occurred to me “doesn’t this happen every year? Why would the fact that this happens every year not be part of the story?…

What else does the Bible say, Jesus?

… The musical. Staring Jack Black. For you: See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die Hat Tip Bunny. From California.

On Monday, Birmingham mayor Larry Langford was busted by the feds for bribery and fraud in connection with a multibillion-dollar sewer bonding that has caused the county in which Birmingham is seated to end up in near bankruptcy. Langford, Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount and lobbyist Al LaPierre were charged in the 101-count indictment. The…