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Archives for July, 2010

Blogging for the SSA

Jen McCreight is participating in that masochistic exercise in prolonged blogging called Blogathon, all to raise money for charity. Take a look, donate if you can, at least give her a little sympathy.

This is an appalling story. Those “Girls Gone Wild” videos are already about the sleaziest things you’ll find advertised on mainstream TV: they are basically made by getting young women drunk to reduce their inhibitions and than urging them to expose themselves for ‘fame’ and titillation, and convincing them to do something stupid in front…

Egregious comma abuse

We’re about to leave lovely Vancouver to return to Kent, Washington, so must leave you with something awful to chew on for a while. This is is a beautiful example of why creationists can be so stupid: spelling and grammar errors throughout, misrepresentations of the actual science, and non-stop idiocy. For instance, it is not…

That would be tough. She’s written a diatribe in the NY Times on the Pepsico debacle, and it isn’t just that she doesn’t like many of the scienceblogs (including yours truly), but that she gets the facts wrong. This was just bizarre. I was nonplussed by the high dudgeon of the so-called SciBlings. The bloggers…

O Happy Day, let us open this edition of the thread insufferably prolonged with some romance! (Current totals: 10,731 entries with 1,072,626 comments.)

I know about the evil ads

We are currently suffering from a surfeit of cheesiness in the ad blocks being served up — the example to the right is just one of many horrors, including ads for $cientology, various Christian and creationist groups, and even some medical quackery. Although the “build an ideal woman” does appeal to the mad scientist in…

Hovind runs a poll

How can I resist? Eric Hovind does the usual trick of putting two reasonable answers on it to split the rational vote, but I think a good goal would be to simply make both of them crush the stupid creationist answer. What do you believe about evolution? It’s a religion. 46% * It’s a fact!…

Excellent interview with Craig Venter

Spiegel has a wonderful interview with Venter. The more I hear from Venter, the more I like him; he’s very much a no-BS sort of fellow. He’s the guy who really drove the human genome project to completion, and he’s entirely open about explaining that its medical significance was grossly overstated. SPIEGEL: So the significance…

Catholic taxonomy

The peculiarities of dietary restrictions by the religious are always entertaining. Catholics have their own weird practices: here’s a bit of strange information from a Catholic agony aunt forum. Do alligators count as fish? As a Catholic who observes the custom of abstaining from meat on Fridays, I would like to know if alligator would…

MPR picked my brains about the impossible plan to eradicate mosquitoes. No, we can’t, and no, we shouldn’t. That wasn’t so hard.