Archives for May 15, 2009

How to create an OpenID

Just in case you need one… No, this does not mean that this blog is going that way. But a lot of blogs are, so this may be useful.

You will of course be supplying your own drinks and party food, as we are a strictly non-profit institution. The party is for the launch of the new blog Quiche Moraine. When should this party be? Where should it be? Now is your opportunity to let us know what you think. We hijacked the thread…

Carnivals and related items

I hope you always, daily, check out Bora’s list of new and exciting on PLoS. The Carnival of Space is here. Please submit your science posts to Scientia Pro Publica

It was May, 1992, and I was in a stupor of post thesis-completion cortisol letdown and alcohol-induced lethargy, and Mark Pagel was talking to me as I slouched in a large comfortable chair in the Peabody Museum’s smoking lounge. “It’s obvious what they need to do,” he was saying, and I could tell from the…

Musings and Blogospherics

Don’t forget to visit the 100th edition of I and the Bird, now up at Nature Network. Hey, I just thought of something: “There is nothing new under the sun!!!” I love being original. Originality is the spice of life. And if you don’t think so, check out The Tyranny of the Original Idea, at…

Happy Birthday Pierre Curie

Pierre Curie (photo from wikipedia) … husband of Madam Dr. Maria Sklodowska-Curie, and famous scientist in his own right. Curie was an early explorer of the method of crystallography, and studied electromagnetic energy including “radioactivity.”

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Hendren’s Macaca Moment

Important note: This ‘gaff’ (=offensive remark) was made in a private meeting but ‘got out’ via Twitter, and eventually nailed down by a blogger. Welcome to the 21st century. Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Jason Rosenhouse, of the Evolution Blog, has written a book and it is now seemingly available for pre-order. It is The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math’s Most Contentious Brain Teaser. The book was recently reviewed very favorably, and you can learn more about that here. I’ve not gotten a review copy, so…

Happy Birthday Maria Reiche

Maria Reiche was an archaeologist and mathematician who worked on the Nazca lines in Peru. Originally, she worked with Paul Kosok, who discovered the remarkable drawings, and starting in the mid 1940s, Reiche mapped in the drawings. She believed that the lines represented a calendar and a sort of observatory. She is probably single handedly…