Archives for April 14, 2009

Printing Problems

The other day I wanted to print a single 4 by 6 photo on the all-in-one printer Lizzie gave me last year. I was doing this from my Linux computer. I assumed that this would be tricky because this is one of those machines that’s gotta have a complex and strange printer driver and maybe…

You are just a bit of protoplasm …

… that washed up on the beach

HEY! The Penguin Took My Notebook!!!

And other odd moments. Experience the opportunity of a life time. Or at least of an afternoon. Vote for the Best Global Warming Short Video!!!! The thing that looks lie a big white rat in this one is a polar bear: VOTE HERE

Pirate Perspective. Arrrrrr.

… but seriously … even though we all hate it when a bunch of armed and desperate people board a ship of humanitarian relief supplies that they don’t own and demand large sums of money, we also know that few people grow up to become pirates without a reason. So let’s get some perspective, and…

Nigeria oil unrest ‘kills 1,000′

Violence in Nigeria’s oil region left 1,000 people dead and cost $24bn (¬£16bn) last year, a report says, according to an official and activist. Ledum Mitee, chairman of the Niger Delta Presidential Technical Committee, says the figures only cover the first nine months of 2008. Militants and criminal gangs often attack oil installations, leading to…

Behind the scenes, a number of us bloggers have been circulating a draft document recently produced by a large research institution regarding the conduct of bloggers who work for that institution. Or, more exactly, regarding the blogging and social networking activities of researchers (or others) who work for that institution. Since this is one of…

Losing Miller’s God

August Berkshire is the vice president of Atheist Alliance International, past president of Minnesota Atheists and member of the board of Camp Quest of Minnesota. He was president of Minnesota Atheists for a long time and is one of the prime movers in the organized “nice guy” atheist movement. August attended a talk here in…

Consider the Lowly Bird

If we step outside of our chauvinistic inclination to look at evolution as a process with humans as the teleological result of its process, the unfolding story of life’s continual divergence makes even more sense. As Klink illustrates, we are but a small twig on a minor branch of the Tree of Life and not…