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Archives for September, 2010

What did you do for Blasphemy Day?

Today is the official Blasphemy Day, and I hope you all had a good time. I’m afraid I didn’t do anything in particular, because every day is Blasphemy Day for me, and I’m a walking talking affront to god. CFI had a video contest and announced the winners today. Here’s the top choice in their…

I know about the wicked malware

One of the ads on this site is serving up something nasty, apparently. I have informed the masters of the machine through a spiffy new fast alert system Scienceblogs recently installed. Now we wait to see if we’ve also got a spiffy fast response system.

The Pew Forum surveyed Americans on their knowledge of religion, and discovered that the group most generally knowledgeable about world religions was…those unshriven hellbound godless folk. This does not sit well with many believers, who have long preferred to relegate atheists to a hell of total unawareness of the gods, smugly assuming that if only…

The Coalition on the Academic Workforce is running a survey to gather data on the working conditions of what they’re calling contingent faculty: people who teach at the college level but aren’t tenured or tenure track. If you’re one of those unfortunate slaves of the system, help them out and take the survey.

So I’ve just told you to avoid underestimating college students, but I guess you shouldn’t do the same with Republicans, especially Breitbart-style Republicans. Their latest embarrassment is yet another piece of work from James O’Keefe, the young mastermind who dressed up as a pimp and dishonestly edited a videotape to make ACORN look like it…

Never underestimate your students

As I’ve mentioned, I have my upper division classes write openly on the web about the subject of the course. It’s good practice for being comfortable with discussing the world of ideas outside this little sheltered realm of academia, but I’ve always had one reservation: the internet is a cruel place, and I feel a…

(via National Geographic)

It would be a mercy. George Lucas is preparing another release of all of his Star Wars movies, after yet again tweaking them. The new versions will be in…cheesy post-processed pseudo-3-D. When the first one was released back in 1977 it was phenomenal — a pulpy space opera with dialogue that had the panache of…

I initially thought this was a fine graph, charting the fields of research of mad scientists over time, since it did accurately conclude that biologists rocked that niche, but then I looked closer, and they shortchanged us. For some entirely arbitrary reason, they split mad biologists into “biology”, “biotechnology”, and “neuroscience”…but those are simply subdisciplines…

Taibbi among the teabaggers

Matt Taibbi is one of my favorite political writers, and he’s perfect for scrutinizing the Tea Party movement — he’s a gonzo swashbuckler who specializes in exposing the inanities of American culture, so plopping him down in the midst of the teabaggers is like opening the henhouse door for a wolf. Scanning the thousands of…