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Archives for August, 2009

Cephalopod frenzy!

Several readers have alerted me to this artful cover from Play magazine. Why must the videogames always be about the nasty wicked violence? Put away the weapon, young lady! The mysterious creature only wants to play. But it does remind me…Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus is on TV in about an hour and a half,…

A couple of gems from AiG

Our silly little friends at Answers in Genesis have said a few more stupid things. Hey, why aren’t you surprised? The first is predictable and ridiculous: they have discovered the PR about finding a function for the appendix. The creationists are so happy! It confirms that Darwin was wrong (although I showed that it does…

Denyse O’Leary has a contest: provide a copy of the source code to Dawkins’ Weasel demo. The prizes are your choice of a copy of Dawkins’ new book, The Greatest Show on Earth, or Meyer’s creationist apologetic, Signature in the Cell. It must be like that television game show where you get to choose door…

The fundamentalist community has a strong interest for some bizarre reason in converting homosexuals into heterosexuals. They consider homosexuality nothing but a bad personal choice, and therefore all gay people need is a little Jesus and they’ll switch back to finding the other sex more attractive. It never seems to occur to them that that…

Friday Cephalopod: Survivor: Cephalopod!

Tips for flourishing after a mass extinction. Ceratites nodosus (MCZ-7232) (A), from the Triassic of Germany, was similar to the ceratitid ammonoid species that thrived in the water column in the Early Triassic (1), while bottom-dwelling species languished. Key to the ceratitids’ rapid success after the end-Permian mass extinction were their ecological tolerances, which may…

Shame on Washington state

My home state! In a region with some of the highest percentages of godless people in the country! And they have this awful law on the books. Washington’s law specifies that a person treated through faith healing “by a duly accredited Christian Science practitioner in lieu of medical care is not considered deprived of medically…

Here’s our problem

I know, you can’t use reason to talk someone out of a position they didn’t use reason to arrive at, anyway. But this result at least tells us the depth of the problem. When asked what they would do if scientists were to disprove a particular religious belief, nearly two-thirds (64%) of people say they…

Phillip Garrido was a man of God with a joyful story to tell. “If you take this a step at a time, you’re going to fall over backward and in the end you’re going to find the most powerful, heart-warming story,” he said. “I tell you here’s the story of what took place at this…

Tonight, at 10:30pm Central time, Innerside Radio will have an interview with FSMDude, the infamous serial desecrator of YouTube. He was recently visited by the Canadian Mounties, who were a bit concerned about this mysterious FSM cult, and wanted to know about his stockpile of firearms.

Minnesota State Fair put to shame

One of the claims to fame of midwestern fairs is the food — usually deep fried, and on a stick. Minnesotans must be expressing their inner Thai. In Thailand, food I have eaten on a stick includes squid, squid tentacles, insects, jellyfish, quail eggs, and every part of a water buffalo including spleen, kidney and…