Archives for April, 2009

Congratulations Danielle Lee!

Danielle Lee, who is my close personal Facebook Friend, has won an award! ….a doctoral candidate at University of Missouri-St. Louis and contributor to The American, was named the American Institute of Biological Sciences Diversity Scholar for 2009. She was nominated by the Animal Behavior Society, an international professional science society of animal behavior researchers,…

Republicans reach long-term low

According to a Washington Post/ABC poll, only 21% of Americans identify themselves as Republicans. That is getting dangerously close to the percentage of Americans who believe they have seen UFOs or alien craft or have been abducted by aliens. I think they may be the same individuals.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory is one way for you to attempt to understand String Theory. While any such effort will probably not work, you will probably learn some things along the way as long as you are not a theoretical physicist. If you are a theoretical physicist, this book will just make…

Learn Physics At Home

Head First Physics: A learner’s companion to mechanics and practical physics I have been watching these Heads Up guides for some time now, mainly in the context of computer software and development. I have not tried any of these guides in IT because, so far, I’ve felt that while they may be excellent learning resources,…

How to pronounce “meh”

What life would be like if Twitter was real: See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor. h/t Ben

A car driven by a crazy person has careened through a crowd, killing four and wounding many, during an annual royal ceremony in the Netherlands. Here is a particularly disturbing photo of the event. You are warned. The vehcile in this photograph is still moving to the right after having run over most of its…

Can Quantum Ghosts Cheat Heisenberg?

It is theoretically impossible to observe all of the different aspects of state of matter at the subatomic “quantum” level. This means that at the tiniest level of spacetime, bits and pieces of stuff and action can only be vaguely known, and therefore, if you wanted to build a quantum computer you would have some…

You can get SMS updates about Swine Flu here. Mike is keeping track of Panic at the RNC. Latest Dump Michele Bachmann has some interesting stuff. Including this: After that, have a glass of wine. It’s good for you. Is there a Doctor in house! Yes, if the house is this one. Congratulations Mike Taylor.…

The following is a follow up on BZ’s earlier posts regarding Anonymity, Credibility, Behavior Change and other issues. BZ had posted several guest blogs here, and received useful comments from guests and other bloggers. Here, BZ summarizes and responds. I am in the position of grading BZ for this work. His grade will be based…

As long as we are on the subject (this week) of field guides, I thought I’d go ahead and suggest what guides you might take if you happen to be planning a trip to Central, East or southern Africa1 But since we are doing Africa, we need to do mammals as well as birds. But…