Archives for November, 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…

Below the fold, because this is NOT going to be pretty.

Poll on same sex marraige

The poll asks: Do children need a mom and a dad? By encouraging men and women to marry, society helps ensure that children will be known by and cared for by their biological parents. Whenever a child is born, her mother will almost always be nearby. But the same cannot always be said of her…

Which Digital Camera?

I’m looking for a small (will always live in Amanda’s purse) point and shoot camera and have so far narrowed the choices down to the following. Anybody have any advice on which one I should get (or an alternative, if you’d like to suggest one)? (Descriptions/details are from Amazon, for consistency) Canon PowerShot ELPH 300…