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Archives for September, 2008

Tonight!

I’m getting some email from local people wanting to get together while I’m here in LA. The best opportunity is tonight (Friday, 26 September), when I’ll be speaking downtown at Libros Revolución, at 312 W. 8th St (between Broadway & Hill streets). We’re scheduled to start at 7:00pm, but due to the curiously static nature…

Friday Cephalopod: Patrician

Octopus kagoshimensis Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

Minnesota science standards

Here it is the time of year when Minnesotans are reviewing the state science standards, and I’m off in California, shirking. At least Greg Laden is on top of things, and while there are some things that need to be fixed, it’s mostly good news: no creationists are making a fuss this time around. Last…

That’s an old rock

Geologists have just discovered the oldest terrestrial rock yet: some badly battered bit of something called a faux-amphibolite from Northern Quebec, Canada that has been dated to 4.28 billion years ago. I’m afraid most of the paper is way above my head — lots of radioisotope measurements, discussions of the details of the local geology,…

Palin changes mind on evolution

It’s a stunning about-face. Not only does she admit that evolution is valid, but she confesses that she herself is an example of a transitional form. “I am gutted that I have let the American Right down like this,” she said at a tearful press conference this morning, surrounded by her collection of stuffed polar…

Get out your 3D glasses!

Unfortunately, I left my red-green glasses at home, on the arm of my comfy chair, I think, so I had to settle for watching me looking flat. I was interviewed by 3D Science News, and they’ve just put the video of the first part online. Don’t get your hopes up, Vincent Price was much better…

Friday Cephalopod: Sleek

Octopus kagoshimensis Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

This could be trouble

Uh-oh. I’m at the Atheist Alliance International conference, and I’ve just discovered the Klingons for Jesus site…and it’s convinced me. I’ve converted. Should I cancel my talk, or should I go ahead and preach in Klingon to an audience of atheists? P.S. If you’re at the conference, too, and you’d like to get together for…

AFA has been alerted!

Well, this is amusing. Someone sent in a complaint to Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association about this post using my email address, which meant that the helpful people at AFA sent their response to me. Here it is: Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. We are aware that there are hate-filled…

Off again…

I should be flying through the air right now, on my way to Los Angeles for another long travel weekend. I was also out of town last week, and to my shame was too busy to post a Friday Cephalopod. I will not make that mistake this time: in recompense, tomorrow I will post THREE…