Archives for February 14, 2009

In Genesis 4, we see specific reference to herdsmen and farmers as distinct groups, represented by Abel and Cain, respectively. God indicates a preference for the results of herding over planting, and the sibling troubles that ensue result in the world becoming a difficult place to farm, and humans becoming more nomadic, as herders. This…

Blogospherics: Recommended reads

A review of the Great Darwin Birthday Celebration at the Bell Museum is provided by Mike at TIUBG: What Separates Humanity from the Other Apes? … well, it’s mostly about my stuff, but whatever… Do you have a problem? Here is the solution. Trust me. Internet Blogospheric Guru Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds makes a…

Major Setback for Coleman

In his bid to Take The Senate No Matter What, Norm Coleman has been trying to get a very large number of previously rejected absentee ballots counted. Most of these ballots were not counted because they were truly borked. Folks, remember this: If you are going to vote absentee, keep in mind the fact that…

Larry Moran Reread The Origin

It’s been a great pleasure to read the Origin of Specie … I had forgotten how clever Darwin was and how he carefully weighs his arguments for evolution. I had also fallen prey to several myths about the book. For example, I didn’t realize that Origin of Species is all about speciation and the difference…

Minnesota Atheists’ “Atheists Talk” radio show. Sunday February 15, 2009, 9-10 a.m. Central Time The Minnesota Atheists have reached an important milestone. The new elections today will mark the changeover from the founding members who will be leaving the board but remaining active, and turning over in democratic fashion the leadership to new and enthusiastic…

Apple Feels It Owns You

If you buy an iPhone from Apple, you don’t own the iPhone. No. Apple owns you. According to this item on Slashdot regarding this item from somewhere else on the intertubules. So if you buy this thing, you can do whatever you want with it as long as whatever you want is what Apple wants.…

Christos Greek Restaurant is one of three well-known Greek restaurants in Minneapolis. The other two are It’s Greek to Me and Gardens of Salonica. Which one you like may be a matter of cultural survival. It turns out that Greek restaurants in Minneapolis are to the citizens of this area what operating systems and political…

Valentine Day Items

Linux Love. Top ten reasons men don’t say “I love you” …. and the obverse. Oh, and watch this and this.

For the last couple of decades, perhaps beginning around the time of the publication of Laurie Garret’s excellent thesis (The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance) on disease and politics and continuting through Gina Kolata’s “Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic” there has been increased attention on the…

This weekend at Har Mar Mall, in Roseville, just north of the Minneapolis – Saint Paul border. I’ve been watching this event every year for few years now, and a couple of years ago it got quite interesting when the organizers of the event discovered that I had caught them is a lie and provided…