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Archives for September, 2009

Congrats to the growing Laden family

They’ve got another one entering the fray in November, and they need your suggestions for a name. It’s a boy, which makes it harder. When we were in those distant childbearing years, I hit up taxonomy for interesting names, but for some reason, most Latin names always sound feminine to me. I was always fond…

Today was a big day for revision and cleanup — I cut out some of the weaker stuff I’d written before. I think deleting words ought to count for just as much as adding words, but I’ll refrain from complicating the tally that way. Productivity for Sunday, 27 September: 1651 shiny new words, one brand…

Retractable Forehead Genitalia

How can you resist a post about chimaeras and their amazing forehead specializations?

An amusing back-and-forth

The tiff between Jerry Coyne and Robert Wright is getting even more hilarious. Wright is accusing Coyne of misrepresenting and misunderstanding his book, and is bringing up all these quotes from The Evolution of God to refute Coyne’s claims. If you just read Wright, you’ll have to agree — Coyne does say things that are…

Where Texans file science

The Hastings bookstore in Lubbock, Texas, has a peculiar way of organizing their books. But then, these are people so deeply confused that they probably rummage about fruitlessly in the Religion section looking for truth.

Advice for atheists?

We’re getting advice from Christians now! Look and laugh at this list: Five things that would make atheists seem nicer. It’s gone awry even with the title. I especially appreciate the word “seem,” because Lord knows there’s nothing that could make us actually nice, and obviously we need the suggestions of a Christian, since we’re…

I’m trying to have some serious writerly discipline here, so I’ve been hammering at the keyboard all day, and will do more tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after, etc., until it’s all done (my goal is to wrap it all up within a month). As part of the process, I’m going to…

Die, HuffPo, DIE!

The HuffPo is once again a source of gross misinformation. Don’t worry about swine flu — it’s benign. If you really must protect yourself, take vitamins, eat garlic, get herbal supplements, and trust in homeopathy. It’s patent quackery. Really, people: boycott the HuffPo. I never read that slurry of watery dog crap anymore unless you…

For some reason, this geeky little saga tickled me. David: Taunt dude! You’re supposed to be the tank! Zach: Just back up, you’re drawing agro. David: I can’t, I’m- Cheryl: *opening the door* David…? David: Oh sh*t! Cheryl: Discarded pizza rolls, empty Mountain Dew bottles…What’s going on here? David: We were…I was…fixing Zach’s computer! Cheryl:…

I’m like a shark, must never stand still

More travel this week: I’ll be in Lewiston, Maine to speak at Bates College, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, 29 September, in Room G65, Pettengill Hall. And from there I’ll be flying to Los Angeles for the AAI convention. Lots of flight time is lots of writing time, right?