Archives for August 17, 2009

Build your own Apple computer

From scratch! If you follow all the instructions here, you’ll have built your own Apple Computer. It will be an Apple I.

The Rules of Climate Change Denialism

I (compulsively?) read the Letters to the Editor of the Greenville News. They are, in my mind, a frightening window on the psyche of a particular, vocal segment of the US population. Filled with accusations of Obama-led socialism (though, so far, absent of birthers), Al Gore hypocrisy, and general looniness of all kinds, it’s like…

I, for one, am going to be there, in the back of the room, screaming at anyone I disagree with until they SHUT UP. Because that’s how I roll.

Gender Cleansing Underway in Iraq

Militiamen are torturing and killing gay Iraqi men with impunity in a systematic campaign that has spread from Baghdad to several other cities, a prominent human rights group said in a report. … The bodies of several gay men were found in Baghdad’s main Shiite district of Sadr City earlier this year with the Arabic…

The Falsehoods

Biology is harder to learn than quantum physics. Why? Because most people think they totally get biology, but everyone knows nobody gets quantum physics. Therefore, any effort to explore quantum physics will result in new learning, but people rarely learn new biology. The bottom line is that our brains are full of biology, which would…

Type: ls | wc -l The output is an approximation of how many files are in the current directory.

Posey was one of several, probably several dozen, people directly involved in the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. He died a free man and of natural causes last Thursday at the age of 77. In those days, America was an unabashedly racist society, so it was quite possible for a horrendous…

Sun equivalent of missing link found.

Well, not really, but it is interesting. The mystery of why temperatures in the solar corona, the sun’s outer atmosphere, soar to several million degrees Kelvin (K) –much hotter than temperatures nearer the sun’s surface–has puzzled scientists for decades. New observations made with instruments aboard Japan’s Hinode satellite reveal the culprit to be nanoflares. more

Skepchick. n.

A skepchick is that rare creature, the skeptic who is both female and desirable. She is generally quite popular, usually due to her appealingly large intellect, her quick wit, or just her ability to stand everyday interaction with skeptical men. “Skepchick” is updated in the Urban Dictionary. Interesting but a bit dicey in spots, IMHO.…

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Fueled by Rush Linbaugh, Glen Beck’s babbling, (the voices of the Republican Party), and lobbyists … There really is a measurable increase in the threat of mainly racist violence against Obama. See also this link from ABC news . .. hat tip Doug.