Pharyngula

Archives for January, 2010

Placebocide!

Oh, no. I’m flying off to the UK tomorrow, and I’ve just learned that all my favoritest, bestest people there are going to kill themselves just 8 hours from now (uh, remember, correlation is not causation…I’m sorta sure it’s not because I’m coming to visit.) What they’re all going to do is go down to…

Justice!

The murderer of Dr George Tiller has been convicted and now faces a life sentence. The Kansas jury didn’t take long at all — it was an open-and-shut case of pre-planned assassination and terrorism. Thank you, Kansans.

Friday Cephalopod: Lovable little larva

Enteroctopus zealandicus (via TONMO)

Here’s a new tradition I have to encourage: I was brought a cheesecake at last night’s talk at Stanford. It was fabulous: white chocolate raspberry chocolate chip. The fellow who sent it along was Victor Harris of Reuschelle’s Cheesecakes. He has a huge variety of different kinds of cheesecakes, and he ships…so if you’re sitting…

Wheels within wheels

Ben Stein wins another honor. He has been declared the Rosa Parks of Darwin skeptics on the Rosa Parks of Rosa Parks Blogs, which points out amusing and offensive instances of rhetorical hyperbole. The amusing bit here, though, is that he got named this on the basis of an old post by creationist Kevin Wirth…

There is an account of my Stanford visit in the Stanford Daily. I’ve definitely gotta work on my rabidity.

This is my last day in California, and you people have filled up the cosmic thread I started here. You know there’s only one sentiment I can express here, and the words to this song are just perfect. On the day I went away… goodbye… Was all I had to say… now I… I want…

An impressive capacity for self-delusion

Gayle Haggard, wife of meth-snorting fan of gay prostitutes Ted Haggard has just had a press conference in which she announces that Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual…to which I can only reply with this song. Mrs Haggard also says “Our sexuality is conditioned, and we can be conditioned in any number of ways,” which I…

It is Thursday, right?My brain is melting a bit, so I’m not really sure any more. I know I’m getting on the train again this afternoon and heading up to Sacramento, at least. I’m giving one more talk in California, at 7pm in Weaver 110 at Sierra. They are charging $5 admission; I was surprised…

Reddit interviews me

The interview in which I answered the top 10 questions submitted by Reddit readers is now online, and it’s right here. I haven’t watched it. I can never bear to see myself in these things. You’ll have to tell me if I said something stupid.