Pharyngula

Archives for June, 2007

Arachnids in common

Mrs Tilton, meet Warren. Warren, this is Mrs Tilton.

At last, I get it. I understand what “framing” is. It’s pandering to the status quo, the petty conventions, and the bigotry of the majority. It means don’t rock the boat, don’t be different, don’t stand up for your beliefs. It means CONFORM. You will get other people to support you if you just abandon…

…you’ll like this paleontological flickrset.

Enteroctopus dofleini, the giant Pacific octopus Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

removed at the request of Gary Larson Figure from Bride of the Far Side(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Gary Larson.

Albert Mohler might be freaking out at some of the new biotechnologies, but he missed a big one, one that might give him nightmares: synthetic biology. This week’s Nature has a very fine editorial on a subject that’s probably going to be more troubling to the religious than evolution, in a few years. We’re on…

Tell me this is a joke

I’m speechless. I thought most case-modders were interested in cooling their machines, but here’s the PC EZ-Bake Oven. Now the computer savvy among us can relive the fun of having your very own personal mini-oven with the PC Ez-Bake oven! It fits in a 5 1/4″ drive bay and plugs right into your power supply…

Mrs Tilton is back…forever!

She’s fired up the The Sixth International again, and she threatens promises to be at it for a long, long, long time—she bears a longevity mutation, a single nucleotide substitution in the mitochondrial genome associated with some long-lived people. And some people claim there is no such thing as a beneficial mutation… Anyway, it’s personally…

Nah, not really worth it

Sorry, Rev. BigDumbChimp: you asked if Faith Converter 1.1 for Mac was any good. It’s a gimmick program that will take a chunk of text or a web page and supposedly convert it to be compatible with a specific religion. It’s a nice use of the Mac Webkit and so forth, but otherwise, it’s just…

Lucky Houston gets Lucy

The state department has approved a visit from an eminent foreigner: a certain 3.2 million year old australopithicene is going to be at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from 31 August 2007 through 20 April 2008…and then she’s going on tour. Future locations haven’t been determined yet, but Minneapolis is nice. Chicago would be…