Archives for December, 2008

I’m not mentioning any names, and don’t ask me any details. In fact, don’t repeat this story. Some years ago, when I was a mere graduate student, a fellow student working in an unnamed country in Africa discovered a very very old stone artifact. To this day, this bit of chipped stone debris, representing the…

24 hours of silence

To me, the key moment in CrackerGate was the posting by PZ Myers of the key, essential truth of it all: The same church law that mandated the sacredness of the Eucharist also mandated that Jews would always wear a mark indicating their Jewishness. The latter eventually lead to the holocaust, as you know. That…

Many of my posts related to the Webster Cook Affair received a great deal of attention. In fact, the blogospheric activities related to the PZ Myers CrackerGate showed up as a noticeable bump in the internet and blew out a couple of those Middle Easter cables that are always breaking. This post is selected from…

Technonews

Two items of interest for technophiles to read while you take a break from installing and updating and otherwise messing with the new stuff that I know is piled in your living room right now (maybe). Wired top tech breakthroughs of 2008 and a nice pice on the relatoiship between star wars and real technology.…

Exploring Your Inner Zebrafish (updated)

Minnesota Atheists’ “Atheists Talk” radio show. Sunday, December 28, 2008, 9-10 a.m. Central Time Exploring Your Inner Zebrafish Listen this Sunday to Geneticist Dr. Perry Hackett and Evo Devo Biologist PZ Myers as they discuss the Top Life Science Stories of 2008. Big genome stories were everywhere in 2008. The cancer genome, the woolly mammoth…

The cookies

We went out to cross country ski this morning. Never got to ski because it got to warm and rainy, so we went instead downtown and eventually to the Walker to appreciate some modern art. People do not go to the Walker museum of modern art in Minneapolis to appreciate the art as much as…

This post arose as a convoluted experiment in internet perception, curious motivations, and blogging ethics. Almost none of the objectives of this post were met, but it does include three photographs of sexy naked ladies, so you probably do not want to go there. Don’t. Click. Here.

Children from low-income families in the US and Britian are disadvantaged in school, according to research just now coming out from the University’s Centre for Market and Public Organisation. From a press release:

This is one of those cases where our language gets the logic of biology backwards (or otherwise wrong) and at the same time potentially causes inappropriate human responses. Also, this approach to “morning sickness” is dripping with adaptationism. Which is good. Got a problem with that? Have a look.

According to family legend, my grandmother gave birth to my father three months early. The doctors told her that he was born prematurely, and would soon die. It was suggested that she take him home and call a priest. So she took the infant home and lit the wood stove, and made a crib for…