Archives for June, 2006

That’s what I was reading?

I remember 1968, and I remember that I was into comic books at that age…but I sure don’t remember that the patriarchy was this dominant, and clueless. Remember, kids, be nice to your girlfriends so that they’ll squelch any uppity feminists who threaten your dominance!

I can vote for a Christian politician, no problem. I have even liked Obama’s sense of vision (although it seems he’s been a bit of a flop in execution.) His latest speech, though… And if we’re going to do that then we first need to understand that Americans are a religious people. 90 percent of…

Octopus brains

Once upon a time, as a young undergraduate, I took a course in neurobiology (which turned out to be rather influential in my life, but that’s another story). The professor, Johnny Palka, took pains at the beginning to explain to his class full of pre-meds and other such riff-raff that the course was going to…

He was a True Prophet!

Found on Buridan’s Ass: “Someday the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”—H.L. Mencken

Music? Bah! Totally irrational!

But it’s science themed music, so that makes it a little bit OK. links to music from This Week In Science, and in the comments, I discover the media empire of Doctor Steel. My kind of guy. Oh, and since I haven’t done a Friday Random Ten in a while, here’s a science themed…

Carnivalia, and an open thread

We have a couple of carnivals up right now… Modulator’s Friday Ark Circus of the Spineless #10 Carnival of Education #73 …and a few that are looking for submissions. Carnival of the Liberals #16 will be at the Uncredible Hallq next Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, e3 Information Overload will be hosting the Tangled Bank. It’s…

I seem to have struck a nerve. I’m getting lots of irate email over this post I made yesterday…not the usual cranky, ungrammatical rants I get from creationists, but literate notes with a hint of desperation. They’re still wrong. Everyone is mangling the question. It’s not, “What should a scientist think about morals?”, or “Should…

Friday Cephalopod: Peek-a-boo octopus

It’s a bonus movie for the Friday Cephalopod: the octopus is a master of camouflage.

Giant Australian cuttlefish “It’s a giant orgy. The waters of the Spencer Gulf are simply reeking with sex at the moment, as millions of Giant Australian cuttlefish arrive for their annual breeding season.” O Australia! I wish I could switch continents!

What? It’s not for sale?

I had my credit card out and everything—doesn’t everyone want a Death Ray? (via collision detection)