Archives for January 2, 2011

Grappling with teh stoopid

Should the Skepchicks start reproducing as soon, and as quickly, as possible? I say yes. What do you think? Thank you Diandra for making the link between the current Republican effort to “democratize” science and Arnie Proxmire and his Golden Fleece award. You are absolutely correct.

Natural History

My first bird of 2011 was a crow, so I’ll move right along to my second bird which was a hawk, presumably a red tail. That does not count birds I could hear but not see. Register your first bird here at 104Birds. Is there a sustainable aquaculture? Maybe. It might involve Vietnamese catfish. Check…

But that isn’t always how it goes. On today’s radio show, Steve Borsch was talking about the way in which social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is playing out — as an extension of social interaction more than as a new form of shopping mall or marketing environment — and an observation I made a couple…

Hacktivists have struck a blow against the regime in Zimbabwe by attacking a number of government websites. The cyber-assault appears to have been in support of newspapers who published secret cables in the ongoing WikiLeaks saga, to the annoyance of the-powers-that-be in the country. Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, was recently reported…

It just works.

Except when it does not work. A glitch on Apple’s iPhone has stopped its built-in alarm clock going off, leaving many people oversleeping on the first two days of the New Year. Angry bloggers and tweeters complained that they had been late for work, and were risking missing planes and trains. Bloggers late for work?…

Science and Reason 2011: Future Watch

Atheists Talk, #98, January 2, 2011 As 2010 rolls out, we all hope the future is bright for 2011. Along with hope, there’s always hype. Bringing us a reality check from their areas of expertise are these savvy thinkers: Greg Laden, bio anthropologist and bogger for Scienceblogs.com, will give his top ten list of science…