Archives for January 12, 2010

A while back we were discussing whether or not President Obama had done “enough” or otherwise the “right” things since becoming president. Several commenters draged out long lists of things that were discussed during the campaign (many prior to the magnitude of the economic crisis being realized) and insisted that since none of these things…

God is one smart cookie

Blogospherics

A review of Scientific America by Joshua Zelinsky. Mormon Marriage Madness at Skepchic.

Haiti Links and Resources (UPDATED)

News: Current news from the BBC Arikia Millikan’s twitter feed. Arikia has relatives in the area, and is tweeting current news. Help: US citizens seeking information on your relatives in Haiti, call this number: 888 407 4747 UNICEF page for Haiti: Information and link to donate. Direct Relief International: Web page and link for donations…

At the moment, the only secular relief organization that indicates that they are on top of Haiti, and is a respected and effective organization, and so on and so forth, is Direct Relief International. Here is their web site. UPDATE: If you are a US citizen and seek information on your relatives in Haiti, call…

Before I took the snap, I had a funny feeling that Alec was trying to tell me something. Not verbal communication or any facial expression or signal; whatever it was, I knew that he wanted the deep ball. So I called hike and the ball was snapped to me and I threw the ball as…

Haiti Earthquake Appears to be Very Bad

The earthquake was 7.0 or more (see Eruptions for info and discussion) and was not far from Port-au-Prince. Apparently damage is widespread and intense, and casualties high, but accurate information is limited because the information infrastructure was destroyed (see this for news details).

Miep Gies died today

She was born as Hermine Santrouschitz in Vienna in 1909.

From Fit to Fat to Fit: Doing it

When it comes down to it, it is all a matter of just how hard you are willing to work. Then, you start with that and work harder.

The National Academy of Sciences is to honor NCSE’s executive director Eugenie C. Scott with its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal. … “the medal is presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good”; Scott was chosen “for championing the teaching of evolution in the United States and for providing…