Archives for December, 2010

Guess what Huxley did today!

He started walking. The following video is his third or fourth real attempt, the first one that went beyond two or three steps and a dive.

Podcasts good and bad

Do you have a favorite podcast? A podcast that you tried and hated? An idea for a podcast that should exist but doesn’t? And, do you know of a rating system for podcasts (and should there be one)? As a thought experiment, I propose a Podcast Quality index, or set of indexes. To start, let…

There are two species of African elephant

Everyone knows that there are two kinds of elephants in this world: Asian and African. The Asian is the only one that can be trained and the African ones live in harmony with their environment until hunters come by and shoot them. Scratch a little deeper, and the African bush elephant lives by destroying its…

Looking at Landesberg’s tvography and filmography, I note that there must be an entire genre he was big in that I am utterly unaware of. But I did watch Barney Miller, and he was good in it as the Edgy Skeptic with Quirks. Was he the first intellectual cop in the modern era of US…

Did I say toys? Sorry, didn’t mean to prejudice the case. I meant “Legal Firearms For Protection Against Intruders and a Repressive Government.”

A whole pile of Evolution Education news

The annual Gallup Poll on how dumb Americans are has come out, and they got less dumb. A new Gallup poll on public opinion about evolution hints at a slightly higher rate of acceptance of evolution in the United States over the years. Asked in December 2010 “[w]hich of the following statements comes closest to…

Hat Tip Rick MacPherson

The person who never seems to be able to operate, or be happy with, these modern digital cameras. The person who more often says “Oh, I’m so upset, I couldn’t get a picture of that because this damn camera never works right” or the person who goes to take a shot but then quietly puts…

Help me nominate a non-profit

Move On Dot Org will be transferring funds to various non-profits, or otherwise be supporting them. Unfortunately, I don’t think Moveon has a rule against religious non-profis. But I do, and so do you. Please suggest a non-profit or two for me to nominate. If you area member of moveon as well, you can do…

(If you’re mailing your presents and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg.) As part of my annual service to my readers who can’t think of what to give to those friends and relatives who insist on exchanging gifts this time every year, I present two categories of goodies, cheap and not so…