Archives for April 6, 2009

Jesus. He gots a flaver

Do you believe that indoctrination of children into the fundamentalist christian is child abuse? If so, skip this video. If not, watch it and I’m sure it will change your mind. Hat tip: Colloquy

For Kitty’s Beeach

A cute puppy:

Robot Dreams

Well, not really dreams. More like, Robots taking over the world because they don’t need humans any more to figure stuff out for them. This is not entirely new … we’ve heard some news of this before. What concerns me, of course, is that once the robots can think for themselves … well, you know…

The latest comprehensive survey of Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor has revealed a decrease in the number of wintering birds, with 2,041 individuals counted compared to 2,065 in 2008. Coordinated by the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society (BirdLife in Hong Kong) and supported by Wild Bird Society of Japan (BirdLife in Japan), Chinese wild Bird Federation…

Scientia Pro Publica

A new blog carnival, called Scientia Pro Publica, has been launched at Living the Scientific Life. Have a look at edition numero uno.

In June of 1940, France fell to Germany. Among the troops who were overwhelmed by the German attacks were about 17,000 black West African colonial troops with the French Army. Many of these soldiers were shot do death by the Germans, who considered these Africans to be subhumans, as they stood in surrender. Surely, it…

Or, “Botany … can’t live with it, can’t live without it ….” … I was out there on the nature trail, both high on life and high on a rolled up and smoked version of Mother Nature. I started talking to Jeff and the other classmates who had gathered around the growing pile of deadwood.…

Space Blog

An Astronaut is blogging from space: I am going to try to paint a picture in words of what I saw. Close your eyes and imagine yourself here on ISS with me looking out of the docking compartment window. You are positioned so the Earth is passing by below and you can see the horizon…

Minnesota Recount Update

The three judge panel convened for the purpose of addressing the Coleman challenge of the Minnesota Senate Election won by Al Franken (after a detailed recount) will meet today to examine ballots they had asked brought to the court. The panel had asked for four hundred ballots, but a small number of these (just over…

How to turn off tooltips in Gnome

Tool tips (a.k.a. tooltips) are those annoying, usually mostly yellow flyouts that appear as your mouse moves over various parts of a GUI. Although tooltips violate one of the Fundamental Rules (don’t do shit if I don’t click you you) they may actually be useful to some people either when an application, desktop, or system…