Archives for July, 2012

Two items of possible interest

Just to let you know, I’ve got a couple of new posts up in the “weblogue” series on The X Blog: My career in music: The Early Years We put a chair there, and we would take turns sitting in the chair and listening to the sound effects record. A train coming from one side…

In 2008, John O’Sullivan wrote a novel called “Vanilla Girl,” which is actually a big giant blog post on blogger.com, about “A teacher’s struggle to control his erotic obsession with a schoolgirl.” A few years earlier, it appears, the same John O’Sullivan, who was a teacher, was cleared of charges that he had sent 36…

Sally Ride has died

Dr. Sally Ride is reported to have died today after a long battle with cancer. She was 61. Ride was the first American woman to go into outer space, and the youngest at the time, at age 32. She was also a pioneer in STEM promotion, and a prolific author.

The question came up: If referring to a person as a word for a female body part in an insulting manner is sexist, then isn’t calling a man a “boob” sexist? (I may or may not have referred to some guy as a boob.) My first reaction was to simply say, “No, because a boob,…

Dropbox is still the best way for most users to store their files on multiple computers and in “the cloud” in part because it is system agnostic and not linked to a corporate entity that has other plans for you. And, using Dropbox you can share files pretty easily as well. However, there is another…

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The minor league baseball game is on Friday, August 10th, and it is sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists. The local team, the Saint Paul Saints, will change their name to the Mr. Paul Aints for the occasion. If you are in the greater Twin Cities area please try to get to the game! I’m not…

A new project on the X Blog

I’ve started a new, modest but I think good, project on The X Blog. I’ve dragged out and dusted off, and rewritten and reorganized, a selected series of essays that I wrote few years ago but were not widely read, especailly by you if you are fairly new to this blog. I’m going to be…

Ignorance

The smartest radio talk show in the world addresses ignorance, Sunday. Skeptically Speaking # 174: Ignorance This week, we’re looking at how the basic condition of not knowing things provides the motivation to keep science moving. We’re joined by Stuart Firestein, Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences, to talk about his book Ignorance:…

Joe Romm of Climate Progress gave testimony to the US Congress on the relationship between the release of long-trapped Carbon into the atmosphere through the use of fossil fuels and drying conditions that lead to an increase in wild fires. Joe notes “… we’re already topping Dust Bowl temperatures in many places — and the…