Archives for March 17, 2009

A Renewable Energy House

An important and fascinating post by guest bloggers Shawn Lawrence and Rebecca Otto, at Quiche Moraine. Click here to be educated and entertained.

Fieldwork And The Child

The other day Julia and I were driving somewhere (I had the con) and The Sphynx came up. The reason it came up is not important, but as we were talking, it occurred to ask me ask, “…hey, have you been to Egypt?” “No,” she said. And after a moment, “Have you?” I thought for…

Facebook + lazy lawyers = Oh Crap.

OK, so there you are having a drink. A drink with an unbrella. Minding your own business. And checking out your Facebook page. And suddenly….

Oh, but wait, he wasn’t. But Al Franken IS. That’s Franken, zero els. A group promoting United States-Israel ties is raising funds for Norm Coleman with an e-mail that opens by referring to Al Franken by the not-particularly-Jewish-sounding name “Franklin”: We are making an appeal for one of our friends and steadfast supporters of US-Israel…

I’m as Irish as the next guy (if the next guy is half Irish) but I stopped celebrating Saint Patrick’s day a long time ago. I don’t begrudge anyone the holiday, I just don’t participate. Too many mixed memories. (To the extent that I remember….) But I do want to mention one St Patrick’s day…

On March 29th the Minnesota Atheists will have a Flying Spaghetti Monster Dinner!!!!! Come bring your pirate hat, or arrive as ye be! Minnesota Atheists will be honoring that great noodly deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, by dining on noodles prepared in His image. There will be salad, bread, noodles and sauces galore, including vegetarian…

Here is the main page. Much of it is in Portuguese, but despair not if Portuguese is not a language that you know. There are plenty of English posts as well. For Example: Mine is larger than yours by Carlos Hotta. Candiru (or the-fish-you-don’t-want-to-know-about) by Carlos Hotta Women in Science – Margareth Mee and Maria…

… can be found by following the links this way….. Thank you Science Woman for your comments. I’ll respond in due course. My response.

Stay Off The Ice

Thick ice is not good ice. Even thick ice can become ice that will break up on you if it experiences warm conditions for a while. Therefore, right now in much of Minnesota, NONE OF THE ICE IS SAFE. None of it. Here is the rule: If you get two days above freezing, it takes…