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Archives for December, 2006

I wanna grow up to be just like him

You can find several loving closeups of Davy Jones at this site—there’s also some text, but it’s all High Geek as near as I can tell.

Attention, Phoenixians (Phoenicians? Phoenotypes? What do they call residents of Phoenix, anyway?). (John Lynch, GrrlScientist, and I are going to be in your area next week for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) meetings, and we are all unanimous in our expectation that this will be an excellent opportunity to cadge free drinks…

Captain Fishsticks is one of our local conservative nutjobs who haunts the pages of the St Paul Pioneer Press—he’s a free market freak who wants to privatize everything, especially the schools, and yet everything he writes reveals a painful ignorance of anything academic. This week he’s written a response to an article that left him…

Friday Cephalopod: Pigpen!

Euprymna tasmanica, camouflaged with mucus and sand Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

Before there was The God Delusion and Letter to a Christian Nation, there was another excellent book on atheism: Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll) by Susan Jacoby. I can’t recommend that book highly enough: it takes a purely historical perspective on American religiosity, and shows that it is a fairly recent aberration. I consider…

Wheee! Look at this slick new game. Doesn’t it look fun to play? It’s even educational! “Intelligent Design vs Evolution” is unique in that the playing pieces are small rubber brains and each team plays for “brain” cards. Each player uses his or her brains to get more brains, and the team with the most…

Who’s in charge of the Welcome Wagon?

Everyone should go say “Howdy” to Developing Intelligence, the latest addition to the Seed stable.

Done!

I am actually completely done with all of my grading, at last. Fall term 2006 is officially finished for me, and I got everything submitted a whole 9 hours before the deadline. Now I need to party. Fortunately, my copy of The Physics of the Buffyverse(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll) by Jennifer Ouellette arrived just now, so I think…

Feminists do do this all the time, you know

Getting married, that is. It’s a good thing.

My wife will be so surprised

Hank Fox, who assures me that he is ALL MAN (just look at that beard), told me to take this test…and I seem to have a woman’s brain. It’s my result from my BBC sex test. I think I confused them, though: I did well on all the spatial reasoning tests and kind of bombed…