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Archives for May, 2011

This is a video produced in the 1960s to illustrate life in the 1990s. Nerds will find hilarity in the computer interfaces, women will rage at the gender stereotypes.

Read this horror story of a failed pregnancy. I was taking an afternoon nap when the hemorrhaging started while my toddler napped in his room when I woke up to find blood gushing upward from my body. Though I didn’t know it at the time, I was experiencing a placental abruption, a complication my doctor…

Godless talk radio

Minnesota Atheists is trying to raise money to keep their radio program on the air — they have to, because it looks like rich Republican think tanks or gold-sellers aren’t paying for ads, and the woo-infested shows that surround its time slot are selling air time to quack medicine companies, another option not open to…

Many of us will sympathize

Join me, fellow nerds, in nodding in agreement with this comic. From the mouseover text: “Also, all financial analysis. And, more directly, D&D.” True again.

The scientific animation company, XVIVO, has had their work ‘appropriated’ by creationists before, and I hate to say it, but there is a reason for it. Although their animations of cellular and molecular processes are spectacular and beautiful, they are also annoyingly purposeful: they show tubulin making a beeline across microns of distance to assemble…

As you know, we’re having a little contest to raise money for Camp Quest, and we’ve been competing to see who can raise the most money for a good cause. It’s me standing alone against the team of Hemant Mehta, Jen McCreight, JT Eberhard , Digital Cuttlefish, Sikivu Hutchinson, Adam Lee, The Chaplain, C.L. Hanson,…

No, really?

I’ve had people ask me this in all seriousness, but I haven’t seen a real sign yet with this message: There is a church with this name and logo in Richmond, VA, and the sign doesn’t match any of the standard church sign generator designs, so I think it’s real. I know I shouldn’t be…

Small town movie theater tech

I was reading Roger Ebert’s lament over the disgraceful decline of quality in theater projection (a function of theater owners who just don’t care anymore and the corrupting influence of bad 3D), and then I remembered that last year I took some pictures of the funky old technology in our local movie house, the Morris…

The power of faith

It’s amazing what religion can do. In this case, it motivated some dim old fart who ought to have been loafing about watching Glenn Beck and drowning his anger with a six-pack of Bud to go out and try to murder gynecologists. He didn’t actually succeed, fortunately: he was playing with his gun in his…