Archives for May 22, 2009

Consider attending the Flying Spaghetti Monster Dinner Fund Raiser for Minnesota Atheists on Sunday, May 31st Details here.

Using the Bash complete Command

This is mundane but important. A word on the command line. I recently read a critique of Linux written by some pinhead from Russia explaining in detail why Linux was not “desktop ready.” Which is laughable. Anyway, Dweeb claimed that one of the reasons that Linux was not desktop ready is that it is not…

Metablogging on Ida the Fossil

Mat Nisbet’s Framing Perspective: Interview w/ The Scientist on Ida’s Media Strategy Creationists react to Darwinius masillae at Dr. Joan Bushwell’s Chimpanzee Refuge. Google co-opts Ida. Thus creating Gidagle. Creationists freak out over Darwinius (In case you have not seen, here’s my non-meta straight-up science writeup: Ida the Fossil Primate)

“Bonk” author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)

Science blogospherics

It is handy to think of energy as all being the same thing but operating at different wave lengths. So the kinetic energy of ocean waves blends into the also kinetic energy of sound waves, which blends into things like infrared heat waves and microwaves and light waves. But that would be wrong. See: Light…

Rewriting Comrade Physioprof

… I admit, sometimes I just want to delete the guy. But at least for now, stet wins the day, and instead of erasure I’m calling for some heavy editing. I recently made this challenge to those poking around at Almost Diamonds that they should have a look at PhysioProf’s non-rules (follow the links above…

The Mars rover Opportunity has explored Victoria crater, a ~750-meter eroded impact crater formed in sulfate-rich sedimentary rocks. Impact-related stratigraphy is preserved in the crater walls, and meteoritic debris is present near the crater rim. The size of hematite-rich concretions decreases up-section, documenting variation in the intensity of groundwater processes. Layering in the crater walls…

Pope Benedict XVI has entered the world of social networking sites and smartphones with a Vatican portal that includes Facebook and iPhone applications. The Pope2You Web site was launched Thursday and allows Facebook users to send virtual postcards with photos of Benedict. An application for iPhone and iPod Touch gives surfers video and audio news…