Archives for January 1, 2009

Technology Tidbits

What is the best mouse? Check out this survey. You may find it useful, or you may disagree with it. I personally like my HP wireless mousy. What are the ten coolest Open Source Products of 2008? There is a list here, but it is a bit disappointing because half of the products listed are…

Seismic Activity at Yellowstone

You have already heard that there has been increased seismic activity at Yellowstone National Park over the last few days. Since December 26th, there have been several earthquakes a day, some jut over 3.0 magnitude, in the vicinity of the north side of Yellowstone’s lake. This is a seismically active region, but the level of…

Oldest American man dies at 112

Oldest American man dies at 112 America’s oldest man, an African-American who befriended Louis Armstrong and voted for president-elect Barack Obama “because he’s black,” has died in Sacramento, California, his family said.

Year end music mashup

There’s 20 songs in there. From djearworm.

Even More Blogospherics

You can clone them but make sure to kill them later. Instructions here. Denialism is On the Podcast circuit. Did you know that? The White Coat Underground is here. What has Randy Olson been doing lately? When Oppenheimer watched the atomic bomb go off he felt he had played a part in the destruction of…

More Blogospherics

Mike gets some bad email: Thanks, Newt, For the Lecture on Morality The science pundit examins this problem: Cheney can’t understand why he’s unpopular OMG: Laws of “Irreducible Complexity” Broken!! (again) Insects in the Comics.

The current situation is this: We are waiting for a final decision next week on the outcome of the race, and most likely this outcome will start numerically with Franken’s current 49 vote lead and be adjusted by the addition of several hundred absentee ballots. The exact number of these ballots to consider is still…

The Statistical Problem With Soccer

The best soccer team on the planet has just over a 1 in four chance of winning the world cup even it it makes it to the last stages of the season. I suppose this is because they play for, like, four hours and each side gets, like, zero or one points. So it’s kinda…

Blogospherics: Recommended reads

A Few End Of Year items: Almost Diamonds 2008 in Blog Posts A Blog Around the Clock has a truly Epic Year in Review, for a blog that is, in and of itself, a Truly Epic Blog. Here. 10,000 Birds Top 10 Birding Moments of 2008 Miss Cellania has like a zillion different end of…

Awards Galore

2008 Weblog Awards Finalists: Best Science Blog Finalists badges (hosted by Imageshack) will be available Wednesday. Voting is scheduled to begin on January 5, 2009. Pharyngula (PZ Myers) Improbable Research Climate Audit Bad Astronomy Real Climate NASA Watch Watt’s Up with That Neuorlogica 60-Second Science Greg Laden Details here Participating Blogs in Best of Anthro…