Archives for May, 2009

Bart Ehrman is a scholar of The Bible and has published popular works at a rapid clip on the subjects of theodicy and the literary history of the books some refer to as “Scripture.” He was an evangelical who believed that The Episcopalian Church in which he was raised was too tame on the teachings…

Where did God go?

The Source is a novel by James A. Michener. It is actually a fun novel to read if you have any interest in the history of the middle east. One of the themes in the novel is the relationship between god and humans. In the earlier part of the history described in this book, god…

Don’t be such a scientist

Randy Olson is a film maker and marine biologist who has focused in recent years on the critique of science communication. You may know him from his documentary work on the sexual practices of barnacles, the evolution-creation debate, or global warming. Randy is coming out with a new book, Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking…

If you think this is funny have a look at this. Hat Tip: James F.

This is a repost of a review that is timely, given this week’s focus on setting up your Linux server and changing all your computers over to Linux and so on. I started this discussion a while back, and now it is time to continue it. The Bourne Again Shell, bash, is the default command-line…

From the BBC: Genetically modified primates that glow green and pass the trait on to their offspring could aid the fight against human disease. They will also be easier to find when they escape. Though primates that make a glowing protein have been created before, these are the first to keep the change in their…

Danny Hauser, 13 year old shaman with cancer, recently returned from foray from the courts with his mother, now in treatment, had a web site dedicated to raising money for his ‘treatment’ (seemingly for the CAM part of his treatment … he is otherwise covered by insurance). That site was taken down early today or…

Diversified Linux Resources

Following on this earlier post, here are links to on line resources that would aid in building, configuring, and using a Linux based computer. Hardware: The 800 dollar killer PC. This is a “gaming” PC, but this set of guidelines is more broadly useful than just for games. Just don’t forget to substitute Linux for…

Zvan on Diversity and Conflict

Diversity and Conflict We don’t like conflict. We try to avoid it instead of learning how to engage in it appropriately and productively, and the end result of our incompetence is horrendous enough to fully reinforce our avoidance. Read it here.

It turns out waterboarding is torture after all, as brought to us by Colloquy.