Archives for September 21, 2011

Playing with NGram

Selling condoms in the Congo

Just a few things …

Just wanted you to know, for those who have asked, I have indeed written something on the tragic fate of Troy Davis. Here: Day of Justice, Day of Shame: The killing of Troy Davis. I just sent off my submission to the Minnesota Atheist Book Project. If you were thinking of doing that, better get…

Do we know how Pirates Spoke? Arrrrr…

… or rather, Narrrr. Arrrr is the term for “yes” spoke in a part of England whence that rascal Robert Newton hailed, so when he formed his dialect model for his stint as Long John Silver in Disney’s Treasure Island, he threw that in. His other piratitisms he fetched from like personal background. The truth…

Google Plus is no longer invite only

The details are here. Information on changes in Google’s “real name” policy that would allow people to protect their identity here. Oh. Right. Squat.

Getting WISE to the ways of black holes

NASA’s WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer ) telescope has collected some important data on black holes, in particular, about the big jets of energy that stream out of them. Scientists study jets to learn more about the extreme environments around black holes. Much has been learned about the material feeding black holes, called accretion disks,…

Entomogist dreams to take over the world

Very cute song. But, I do find it a little poignant and even mildly disturbing that the primary motivating criteria for her raison d’√™tre have to do with the whole journal thing and being like the established heternormativeoccidopatriarchic white guys. Instead of just discovery of things not previously known about bugs. Hat tip: Bug Girl