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It’s what I’d expect of Scotland

It’s a new beer with some unusual characteristics. Only 12 bottles were brewed, and they sold for $765 each. It had an alcohol content of 55%. Can you even get that without distillation? Does it even count as a beer? Does it taste like beer? It comes in a unique bottle wrapped in preserved roadkill.…

Not really, but if you feel like it, go ahead and record it. There’s a contest for the best interpretive dance of your Ph.D. project (here are some past winners). Easy, right? Perform your dance, record it and submit the video, and maybe you’ll win $500, a trip to Brussels, and eternal fame and glory.…

El pulpo mecanico

I need a battalion of these. Only question: do I hold them in reserve for my bid for world conquest, or do I succumb to temptation and use it in the classroom to intimidate the students? (via io9) (Also on FtB)

Looking for some new t-shirts?

The same guy who made the Teach the Controversy shirts has a new line, Monsters of Grok, in the style of rock band t-shirts…only in this case, they’re shirts for scientists and philosophers. I admit, the Darwin shirt didn’t grab me, but I could see wearing a nice stark jangly ad for David Hume. (Also…

Here’s a perfectly appropriate prayer to start a NASCAR race: he thanks God for GM performance technology, and Ford, and motor oil, and Goodyear tires…he must be hoping for a little kickback from auto suppliers. Aww, it’s funny, anyway.

Christian knees are trembling, sensing imminent doom brought on by juvenile fantasy literature. Which is ironic, considering that they worship a big sloppy book that fits perfectly into the genre. Anyway, first there was the Harry Potter series, which turned all the teenagers into Wiccans (what?); then there was the Twilight series, that has led…

This video may not be to everyone’s taste — it’s pretty awful. This is an octopus dish served in Hakodate, in which the poor raw cephalopod is presumably dead, but when soy sauce is poured over it, it’s triggered to writhe its tentacles. I do not approve. Either it’s cephalopod torture if it’s still alive,…

TheoLogic™ works everywhere!

Perhaps you’ve wondered about the true and factual foundations of fairy tales other than the biblical ones. It turns out that the reasoning of theologians is universally applicable! It is time to set the record straight, and affirm the historical Truth of the Goldilocks narrative. I intend to show that it is overwhelmingly more likely…

I’m in the Bible?

A reader ran my name through one of those bible code programs — you know, those really silly exercises in goofy divination that juggles lines of the bible around to find some arrangement that reveals words and phrases — and it turns out I’m in there. See? Gosh, I guess the Bible must be true…

Scenes from a TAM

It’s been a strange weekend. Everyone is wearing Randi-esque, long white beards. I ran across a delegation of Norwegians in the lobby. This was dinner. I need to sleep someday.