Archives for July, 2010

The Evolution of Homeopathy

Both Erik Paulsen, my representative to the US congress, and Michele Bachmann, the infamous insane person who represents my neighbors a few blocks away, have elected to vote against worker’s health compensation for 9/11 first responders. And they dare to call themselves Americans!!!

The Rover Spirit is hibernating on a dark slope on the winter end of the planet Mars. Solar panels may be providing enough energy to keep its clock going. If not, it will become suspended in time and not know to wake up and send a signal that it is ‘alive.’ The panels may or…

The anopheles mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, is the primary vector for human malaria. Mosquitoes in general, the A. gambiae included, find their prey by tracking body odor exuded from the breath and skin. Apparently, the composition of body odor determines A. gambiae‘s preference for one individual over another. It has been known for some time now…

Desiree Schell of Skeptically Speaking diabolically matched The Culture of Fear author Barry Glassner for a live interview, and a fear-riddled edition of “Everything you know is sort of wrong” (on how poor people are breeding so fast they will take over the earth) by yours truly for TONIGHT’s Skeptically Speaking show.

Can a fly’s eye(s) be used for solar cells? Apparently so. Speaking of which, I have a gripe. Nuclear power supporters have always ignored the fact that Nuclear power (a.k.a. “unlimited safe free energy”) is more expensive than other traditional forms of energy. In the mean time, anti “alternative” energy, often the same people, have…

This one is very much worth the effort. Stop here first for some instructions on strategy, then go here to do this thing. UPDATED!!!!! Holy crap! The Kent Hovind poll started out looking like this: What do you believe about evolution? It’s a religion. * It’s a fact! * It’s a reasonable scientific theory. Then…

Cape Peninsula Lighthouse

Wanted

Wanted: A bash utility that sends the contents of a file to standard output. It would be named spew. It would be like cat but with the problems oft’ complained about in cat fixed. There would be a few options. One option would be to chomp the final newline if there is one. Other options…

ca 140 killed in Congo boat sinking

Up to 140 people are feared dead after a boat carrying passengers and goods capsized on a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say. The accident happened on the Kasai river – a tributary of the Congo River – in the western province of Bandundu. Information Minister Lambert Mende told the BBC the…