Archives for May 25, 2010

Join America is Speaking Out!

OMG. Go to the sign on page. Look at the “select an avatar” part. What is that all about? I think I’ll be an Asian Girl then they’ll know I’m smart but non-threatening. No, wait, maybe I’ll be a non-white non-hispanic, like in the Census. No wait … Well, I tried to register but their…

New Bill Nye Webcast Series

VSP EyeFiles Webisode #1: Do 3-D Movies Cause Motion Sickness

I was talking with a friend from another country yesterday and she indicated that whenever she caught herself up on American politics, she would become frightened. She was underestimating.

(sorry about the commercial at the beginning)

Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they’ve created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science.

I previously noted that to survive as a Westerner, you can get away with participating in a culture that asks of you little more than to understand the “one minute” button on the microwave, while to survive in a foraging society you needed much much more. Moreover, I suggested that the level of complexity in…

Diversity in Science Web Carnival

The Diversity in Science Carnival will be hosted at Quiche Moraine. Today is the submission deadline, but I’m sure posts submitted tomorrow (the 26th) will also be considered. Here is the theme: We are inviting all posts that challenge pre-conceptions and mis-conceptions of who scientists/engineers are, what they look like, how they behave, what they…

Who is Erik Paulsen, anyway?

Erik Paulsen is my representative to the US Congress. This is his first term. He replaced a very centrist Republican (Jim Ramstad) who retired honorably. I worked for the Democratic Party (DFL, we call it in Minnesota) candidate, Ash Madia during that election. Ash was a good candidate but he was inexperienced (which may or…

WebMage is an interesting book if you are a computer geek. For one thing, the title of the book uses CamelCase. For another thing, the main characters are a hacker and his laptop. But since this is also a fantasy book, the main character is also a non-human (but you wouldn’t’ know to look at…

Africa news items of interest

Kenya court rules Islamic courts are illegal Kenya’s Islamic courts are illegal and discriminatory, a panel of judges has ruled. The three judges said the Islamic “Kadhi” courts favoured Islam over other faiths, and that this was unconstitutional as Kenya was a secular country. South Africa’s Julius Malema defends his radical views The controversial leader…