Archives for February 11, 2009

Some Maths

Classic TV on CBS Dot Com

Star Trek, the old Twilight Zone, and more. Here. The technology is not perfect. But it will evolve.

As a child in Catholic school, and later in public school and being sent off to “release time” religious instruction, I had the opportunity to read most of the Old and New Testaments of the standard bible. Later, in junior high school, I became interested in comparative religion, and read it all again, together with…

First, please remember to check out our new blog, Quiche Moraine, here. Serious discussion time: Back, and feeling stuck (or musings on the two body problem) The spousal academic problem. Serious question: What does the economy mean for Women’s Studies? Californians, be careful with this: eBay CEO Meg Whitman Announces Bid For California Governor. She’s…

Yer in big trouble if you buy this woo

A Bolivian woman has died from an injection of urine allegedly administered by her friend as a form of health therapy, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Investigating prosecutor Oscar Flores told The Associated Press that 35-year-old Gabriela Ascarrunz died Saturday of an “infection caused by urine that was injected by fashion designer Monica Schultz.” Local newspapers…

Open Access: The Time to Act is Now

CALL TO ACTION: Ask your Representative to oppose the H.R. 801 – The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act (from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access) February 11, 2009 Last week, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (Rep. John Conyers, D-MI) re-introduced a bill that would reverse the NIH Public Access Policy and make it…

Everyone knows about Darwin’s Finches, of the Galapagos Islands. But of course, Darwin made observations of birds throughout his travels on The Beagle. Here, I present a number of passages from The Voyage that include some of these observations.

Music and Me: The Early Years

I am the least musical person I’ve ever met who is still alive. Of course, most nonmusical people don’t go around talking about it, so I probably actually know more tone deaf, talentless people than that. It is strange, though. I should be musical. My mother sang semiprofessionally, doing radio in the pre-WWII days before…

Science and Stimulus: Action still needed

The following is the latest missive from Shawn Otto: Last Friday you and others in the science community took action and helped to restore $3.1 billion in cuts to science that had been planned in the Senate compromise version of the stimulus bill. That was a good victory for U.S. Science, but it was just…