Archives for November 28, 2011

The other day, Amanda, who is currently teaching AP Biology, noted that among the various sources she had at hand, including a couple of textbooks, the number of cells that make up human body seemed to range from about five trillion to fifty trillion with a scattering of numbers in between. It is not clear…

LeRoy Bell’s Music

As you know, my nephew, LeRoy Bell, was a contestant on the XFactor singing contest. You may also know that he was voted off the show last week. I’m not going to say much about that other than to note that LeRoy was NOT the 8th or 9th best singer in the group. He was…

Beep Beep!!!

The trick is, slowing them down enough, and speeding yourself up enough, then you can catch the turkeys. Yeah, I know, it’s an ad, but it’s a good one.

Icicles of death!

Check out this astonishing bit of film from David Attenborough: I’m pretty sure this is from Harry Potter.

A Tutorial in Human Behavioral Biology

If you read only one book this holiday season, make it all of the following twenty or so! But seriously … I’d like to do something today that I’ve been meaning to do, quite literally, for years. I want to run down a selection of readings that would provide any inquisitive person with a solid…

To preserve sanity in the event of changing plans or other contingencies, I’ll send you HERE to get the details. Check bat at that location for updates, should there be any.

Kevin Drum on Black Friday’s Origin

The term “Black Friday” is said to refer to the day that so many people shop in US retail stores, the day after Thanksgiving, that retailer’s ledgers go from red (debit) to black (profit). But this appears to be a more recent use of the term which has been in use since the middle of…