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Archives for January, 2006

Cut-rate professors, education done cheap

As is their habit, the Chronicle of Higher Ed has published another cockeyed article, this time arguing that the problem with the budgets of universities are all those expensive faculty, and suggesting that a solution would be outsourcing the instruction and turning the professorate into a collection of market-efficient middle managers. Profgrrrrl takes that whole…

Watch that sarcasm, Gary

This post on the Republican war on science was chilling enough, but did you really have to draw the logical conclusion of it all at the end? I’m trying hard to preserve the tattered shreds of my optimistic state of denial, you know.

A complaint I have to get off my chest

It’s the evening. It’s January. This is Minnesota. And it’s raining. There is liquid water on the ground. This is simply not right. I am distressed.

Elsberry on dKos

Darksyde’s “Know your creationists” series on Daily Kos has become a “Know your friends” edition today, with a profile of Wesley Elsberry of the NCSE.

Bad business at the Burke

Chris Clarke sent me some unfortunate news about my alma mater, the University of Washington. There’s a scandal brewing at the Burke Museum, involving a retired curator of vertebrate paleontology, John M. Rensberger. The Seattle Weekly has published a series on the troubles, with a professional evaluation of the collection. Basically, the Burke has a…

He’s usually such a pleasant fellow…

…but I guess everyone has their snapping point. Jaquandor doesn’t usually snarl at people, but he’s done a fine takedown of wingnut stupidity. What tipped him over? Jonah Goldberg. I can’t blame him—I studiously avoid NRO’s corner because it reminds me too painfully of how idiotic some people can be. The NRO gang are just…

Jody Wheeler is at James Randi’s The Amazing Meeting, and is blogging the event. If you aren’t there, now you can find out what you’re missing.

Anything but the obscurity!

I’ve already mentioned this interesting set of ideas Cory Doctorow brought up. In particular, this part of the introduction made me think: Cory is an author of science fiction (SF) and is published in the US by Tor books (which happens to share a parent company with Nature). He also gives away books on the…

For a novel perspective…

Until Orac sent me a link, I had no idea there was a Zapatopi weblog—it’s going onto the blogroll right now. It’s the only weblog out there that I know of that has an octopus as a contributor. Or a Sasquatch.