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Archives for August, 2008

Greg & PZ’s Excellent Party

Scienceblogs.com is about to hit one of those arbitrary round-number milestones: sometime soon, someone will make the one millionth comment. Our generous Seed overlords wish to mark this event with celebrations all over the world, and are planning to bestow upon us small sums of money for the purpose of purchasing refreshments at gatherings of…

The recent bigfoot flap…a little late

I’ve spent my evening curled up with a wracking cough and nasty pains in places I didn’t know I could hurt — I think I sprained my diaphragm — and while stumbling dumbly through the web, I belatedly found the story of the recent Georgia bigfoot. I know, it’s last week’s news, but I’m feeling…

Say happy birthday to Zeno

His blog is three years old, which as we all know means he has at last emerged from the terrible twos and has reached that period of maximal cuteness. He’s a bit disappointed that the California legislature didn’t issue an official proclamation, so he’ll have to settle for a mere pharyngulation.

Once upon a time, I made some unfortunate remarks about knitting, and I felt like I’d prodded Madame Defarge, which is never a good idea. But really, I love you guys, and here’s a whole page of cephalopod craft patterns to show it.

They’re joking, right?

The pope has condemned this silly sculpture as blasphemous, and German Catholics are trying to get it removed from display. They can’t be serious, can they? It’s kitschy and funny. But really, they’re unhappy about this. The Vatican wrote a letter of support in the pope’s name to Franz Pahl, president of the regional government…

Pop-sci book meme

Jennifer Oullette has put together a pop-sci book meme (and John Lynch has joined in). It’s the usual thing, a long list of books and you’re supposed to highlight the ones you’ve read, this time with the theme being that they’re all about science somehow. I detect a physics bias in Ms. Oullette’s choices, however,…

Don’t vote for Dole in North Carolina

Every time I see the disregard the Democratic party shows for secular values — which is painfully frequent — I wonder why the heck I’m even voting for these addled con artists. But then the Republicans remind me by showing up and being even worse. The latest is from the Elizabeth Dole campaign in North…

Pareidolia poll

Two things I find absurd are people who see Jesus in random patterns, and internet polls that try to impose patterns in noise. Here’s something that does both: a moth was found with speckles that are supposed to look like Jesus. “His hair right here and you can see the mustache and the beard and…

On BBC radio…

I was interviewed by a rather baffled radio announcer about the destruction of crackers (I know! Who would have thought such a silly event would be the focus of so much attention?) on BBC Radio Ulster. Reader DaleP tells me that it will be available online only until Saturday, so if you want to hear…