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It was nearly a month ago when I first marveled at how nonsense could be so well-organized. My marvel was expressed at the awesomeness that was the Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense (which, by the way, is now available in “sanitized” versions, as well as versions in other languages). It turns out that Crispan’s effort…

The Force remains strong in Darth Jobs, even after antennagate. I actually love my iPhone 4 and haven’t had any problems with it. Even so, I found the above video about Steve Jobs’ infamous Reality Distortion Field to be hilarious, even though it comes from Taiwan and I can’t understand a word of it. It…

A first: A cease and desist Tweet

Remember Doctors Data? It’s the highly dubious medical laboratory that Trine Tsouderos exposed in her series on the quackery that is the “autism biomed” movement. A couple of weeks ago, Doctors Data also decided to launch what appears to be frivolous lawsuit against the creator and maintainer of the Quackwatch website, Steve Barrett; i.e. a…

…then how come there are so many believers in homeopathy? Truly, a scientific mystery…

Still away, still having too much fun to blog. So….we still need content: Fear not. The logorrheic insolence will return. Just not today. In fact, as this autoposts, I’ll be heading over to the Skepchick party. I’m a little nervous. I don’t think I’ve been to such a bash since college or medical school. I’m…

Fourth of July fireworks safety tips…

It’s nearly sundown here in the eastern time zone of the United States. That means that soon all sorts of amateur fireworks aficionados will be making a whole lot of noise and, the part that I hate, scaring the crap out of my poor dog. So, for those of you who are soon going to…

Regular readers may have noticed something happening around ScienceBlogs. As PZ pointed out, a little malware somehow infiltrated the ScienceBlogs collective, and many of us appear to have turned into zombies. It’s a veritable Zombie Day, complete with illustrations by Joseph Hewitt, creator of Gearhead. Obviously, with anything having to do with zombies, there’s only…

Regular readers may have noticed something happening around ScienceBlogs. As PZ pointed out, a little malware somehow infiltrated the ScienceBlogs collective, and many of us appear to have turned into zombies. It’s a veritable Zombie Day, complete with illustrations by Joseph Hewitt, creator of Gearhead. Obviously, with anything having to do with zombies, there’s only…

The death of an iPhone 4

Now that I’ve had my new iPhone 4 for nearly four days, I need to know what to do with my old iPhone. One has to wonder: Will it blend? Clearly the iPhone 4 blends.

The way science is reported…

Many are the times when I’ve complained about how the press reports on science and medicine. I love it when science is reported well, but sadly such examples are far fewer than I’d like to see. In fact, there are times when I feel as though I’m living this in an alternate universe where it’s…

Penn Jillette on Andrew Wakefield

Coming soon: Penn & Teller take on the anti-vaccine movement on an upcoming episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! No doubt it will resemble this little preview that Penn himself has taped: Note: Lots of NSFW language. It is, after all, Penn. I will mention one thing. Penn’s wrong when he says that Wakefield is…

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers…

…and I hope none of you got anything like this. See you all tomorrow…

Why is Ozzy Osbourne still alive?

Ozzy Osbourne is, like many rock stars of his advancing age, an amazing creature. Having subjected his body to abuse beyond the ability of most normal people to understand in terms of booze, drugs, and crazy living on the road, like the Energizer Bunny he just keeps going and going and going along. Naturally, given…

Somehow, this doesn’t seem all that far from the truth, except that kitties are cute. The last line, however, is, sadly, all too prescient-sounding. In fact, I’m not sure that it’s even funny because the truth hurts. I guess cute kitties make it easier to take. I wonder if they ever remade A Few Good…

When BP spills a cup of coffee

Sadly, this video rings all too true:

Over the last week or so, I’ve been a bit–shall we say?–dismissive of claims by anti-vaccinationists when they insist that, really, truly, honestly, they aren’t “anti-vaccine,” usually with a wounded, indignant, self-righteous tone. Either that, or they make like the Black Knight in Monty Python and The Holy Grail by demanding the surrender of the…

A question about homeopathy

You know, if there’s one question I’ve always had about homeopathy, it’s the one asked by Viktor Poór below: (Click for full comic.) Certainly the cost of materials for homeopathic remedies is lower than just about any other product that I can imagine.

If there’s one thing Christians tell us, it’s that Jesus is inside each and every one of us. Who knew that this was literally true? Don’t believe me? Take a look at this MRI: Apparently they’ve been wrong all these years when they said that Jesus lives in every man’s heart. He actually lives in…

Fear the homeopathic bomb

Oh, no. I think we have another reason to be afraid–very afraid–of homeopathy/ Apparently New Agers have developed a homeopathic bomb: The world has been placed on a heightened security alert following reports that New Age terrorists have harnessed the power of homeopathy for evil. ‘Homeopathic weapons represent a major threat to world peace,’ said…

What cigarette do you smoke, doctor?

I’ve pivoted immediately from attending NECSS and participating in a panel on the infiltration of quackery into academia to heading down to Washington, DC for the AACR meeting. Then, after a packed day of meetings yesterday followed by spending yesterday evening with a friend whom I haven’t seen for a long time, there’s–gasp!–no new material…

On the road again: In the meantime…Satan

After having a great time at NECSS participating in a panel about science-based medicine (although I hate to have to say that I was disappointed that the science-based medicine panel was cut short to get the conference back on schedule, which meant that we didn’t get to answer nearly as many questions as we would…

World Homeopathy Awareness Week ends today. In celebration, I can’t resist one more swipe. So check out The (pseudo)Science of Homeopathy.

Today, April 10, is the first day of World Homeopathy Awareness Week (WHAW), or, as I like to call it, World Sympathetic Magic Awareness Week. Now, given my dim view of homeopathy, in which I view it as nothing more than, well, sympathetic magic, you’d think I wouldn’t want people to pay attention to WHAW.…

The eternal question about the new iPad

Will it blend? Personally, I doubt I’ll be getting in iPad. I have an iPhone, after all, and I don’t see where I would use something like the iPad rather than my laptop. Most of the stuff I need to do with a computer that I can’t do on my iPhone requires Microsoft Office and…