Archives for September 17, 2009

Autism Survey Results

A while ago I pointed you to Ginny Hughes blog where she was conducting an informal survey as prep for a conference she is attending. She has some comments on the results here. The most interesting result to me is that people in the “autism community” seem to have higher fertility than scientists.

The next Dolly Llama has been Borned.

A baby weighing 9 lps, 9 oz, a 9 minutes after 0 on 9/9/09 was born … in LaCrosse Wisconsin. Clearly, this is the Dolly Llama. Or, maybe it’s the Beatles’s Baby. Number 9, Number 9, Number 9 …. Or maybe … No, wait, wait, if this baby had been weighed using the Metric System,…

Technical Difficulties.

We appear to be having technical difficulties with commenting. Technicians have been scrambled. But this site is based on the perl language, so the technicians were probably already scrambled. Actually, I’m thinking it is a problem in the interface between the sql server and the apache server. If you think I’m wrong, go ahead and…

John Dean revealed the answer on Olbermann’s show today. And the answer is …

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Darwin Award Nomination

Tell me if this is a good nomination. It’s a two-fer. The incident ended in death, so this is the real thing, not some sort of honorable mention.

Henry Gibson and Friends

Since there appears to be a lack of general cultural knowledge of Henry Gibson and Laugh In, some foggy memories (not least being my own) and deep time historical knowledge of comedians Arte Johnson, the early form of Goldie Hawn, Rowan and Martin themselves, Ruth Buzzi, Jo Anne Worley, and Lily Tomlin 1.0, here’s some…

Details here. Adam Savage, co-host of Myth Busters will be on to discuss skepticism, celebrity advocacy, and of course, the wildly popular MythBusters and it’s role in skepticism. and Derek Bartholomaus, creator of The Jenny McCarthy Body Count will discuss anti-vaccination advocates, the recent rise in treatable illnesses, and why some people really hate science.

“[T]here will come a day when the speaker [of the United States House of Representatives] will be hauled into federal court and threatened with jail because she dares to stand at that podium .. and ask the chaplain to start our day with the prayer.” Not soon enough, I’m afraid. These words were uttered by…

The evolutionary history of mammals can be reviewed as the evolutionary history of tooth loss. The early mammals had many teeth, and every now and then in evolutionary time, a tooth is lost wiht subsequent species arriving from that n-1 toothed form having that smaller number of teeth. With ver few exceptions, no mammals have…