Archives for December 30, 2008

Have a look at this video: While you are looking at it, pass your mouse cursor over it and notice the appearance of a search box at the top of the video. This search box violates the prime directive: Shit you do not ask for should not happen. There is an increasing number of such…

George Bush Makes Me Laugh

Who? Yes, the Who too! So, I’m watching a bit of the Kennedy Center’s annual super duper awards. Morgan Freeman won an award. Did you know he was discovered as the driver in Driving Miss Daisy, though he had a long and undistinguished career before that? Did you know that B.B. King has gotten really…

Alligator Alien in Australia

From the BBC: Wildlife officials in Australia are investigating how an alligator native to North America was found wandering around a campsite in New South Wales. Campers at the site in Pambula managed to snare the beast in a volleyball net and held its jaws shut. Police first issued a press statement saying it was…

Blagojevich Appoints

Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich has appointed Roland Burris to replace President Elect Barack Obama as Senator from Illinois. It is Blagojevich’s legal right and responsibility to make this appointment, and Burris is probably a suitable choice, but the fact that Blagojevich is under suspicion of having attempted to sell this senate seat to the highest…

Linnaeus Legacy Will Be Here!

Linnaeus’ Legacy, the Blog Carnival, will be hosted here at the end of the first week of January. A monthly carnival celebrating the diversity of life on this planet, and the methods we use to understand it. I’m sure you have something for me. Send me your posts!

Carnivals

Everything Worth Reading, Dec 28th issue, is HERE at EWR Central. The one yearth Berry Go Round, A Year Round the Berry-Go-Round, is at Foothills Fancies. Grand Rounds 5.15: At the interface of evolution and medicine is HERE at moneduloides. Philosophers’ Carnival 84 is here. The 46th Carnival of Mathematics – the last one of…

How fast does evolution happen?

… and other matters. The following list represents widely held beliefs, either first order beliefs (things you hear people say) or second order beliefs (things implied directly by what people say):

My Friend Curly and the President Elect

Obamadog. Barack Obama’s first serious mistake since the election. A true story starring Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Franken Coleman Update

The next few days will be the most interesting, potentially, in the Franken Coleman recount. Notice that I do not use any words like “Debacle, Fiasco, Circus, Swampmire” and so on when speaking of the recount. This is because this is a democratic (as in America! The Greatest Democracy in the World Love it or…

Without distinctions and boundaries, the race concept cannot apply to a given species. Species with observable geographical differences in one or more traits may be better described as having clinal variation. Without correlation among traits, the race concept has none of its usual utility, whereby we place individuals into categories and then predict invisible traits…