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Archives for October, 2006

Spirit of the season

As everyone knows (or should know), October is the month named in honor of the octopus, and we’re supposed to celebrate cephalopods every day. It culminates in the great festival of Octoween, when all the good children who keep molluscs in their heart are rewarded with sushi, while all the wicked children who think eight…

A perfect Halloween

If I were in Philadelphia next week, I’d be at the Mütter Museum on Tuesday, where to celebrate the macabre holiday they are showing Tod Browning’s Freaks. One of the most disturbing museums in the world and one of the most disturbing movies of all time…how can you pass up a combination like that? (via…

Friday Cephalopod: Feather star

Indo-Malayan mimic octopus (from National Geographic News)

Mike S. Adams, glib hypocrite

I did manage to get to Mike S. Adams’ talk here at UMM. It was a packed room (not our biggest lecture room here, but it was filled to capacity) and I arrived late, so I had to stand outside the door to listen in. Kudos to our students, who were polite and attentive, and…

Lucy is going on tour

The remains of Lucy, the famous fossil australopithecine, are going to be touring the US for the next few years. Start lining up. It’s opening in Houston. The six-year tour will also go to Washington, New York, Denver and Chicago. Officials said six other U.S. cities may be on the tour. But they would not…

Context matters

As a vanity plate, it’s trite; on that particular plate, it’s disturbing and subversive. I laughed and laughed.

Student bloggers: want money?

Of course you do. Would you believe there is now a thousand dollar scholarship for students who blog? And you can nominate yourself?

Blackboards vs. Whiteboards

I got a query about this old article of mine, which stirred up a good bit of discussion back in the day, since it is on a subject truly important to academics…so I thought I’d resurrect it and see if my more recent and larger audience can be driven to equally passionate arguments pro and…

The arrogance of an Ohio creationist

The NY Times is reporting that Ohio scientists are nearly unanimous in mobilizing for the school board election there—and they aren’t on the side of creationists like Deborah Owens Fink. It’s interesting that we’re seeing such activism from scientists; the response from the creationists is also enlightening. But Dr. Owens Fink, a professor of marketing…

Mike S. Adams? HERE???

My daughter had mentioned something a while back about some speaker named Mike Adams coming to UMM, and that she’d get extra credit for attending, but it didn’t sink in until I saw the signs around campus. It’s this Mike S. Adams, columnist for TownHall, Horowitzian shill, anti-feminist, creationist clown, homophobic bigot, warrior for free…