Archives for November 9, 2009

Friday the thirteenth is a day. This Friday Dark dark dark is a band. Brute heart is another band Fashion Sabbath is a fashion show featuring the works of a bunch of people I don’t know and one person I know quite well. At The Bedlam on the West Bank in Minneapolis. Ten bucks, starts…

Happy Birthday Carl Sagan

I could watch this video billions of times.

How to cook a turkey

This isn’t the only way, but it is a good way. It is also the hardest way that I’ve done it.

Rebecca Skloot found a story of immortality and faith in a young woman’s tissue sample. The book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The author is: Rebecca Skloot. And the PW paper is here: Check it out!!!!

Have you seen the movie “Speed”? Great action flick if you haven’t. One of my favorite scenes in that movie is this one (apologies for vagueness … I have not seen the movie in quite some time): There is a bus running wild on the streets being followed by emergency vehicles. A group of girl…

Just when you thought it was time to abandon the mouse altogether and start using only the command line, the OpenSource world has come up with a mouse with one zillion buttons that allows one-handed use of OpenOffice apps and plays World of Warcraft.

How do you explain evolution?

Many people claim it is easy to explain. I once heard a bunch of high school teachers at a conference patting each other on the back about how easy it is to understand evolution. And I remember thinking “OK, so this must be why none of my intro college freshman students don’t have a clue….”…

In lecturing about behavioral biology (in any of a number of classes) it has been hard for me to avoid the lion story and the languar story. Both involve infanticide and selfish strategies by individuals. In both cases, females do things that are unexpected from the middle class heternormative Caucasoidowestern perspective. Babies die. For all…

It is a good idea to not use religious phrases like this in your newsletters:

Managing your References

Reference management is always an issue for academics. I have the following piece of advice for you in this regard: 1) Start early in your career to actually manage your references. 2) Consider OpenSource alternatives where possible. 3) Check out this post and it’s comments for a current discussion on what seems to be working…