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The Foreign Laws of God and Man

When I was a senior in high school in South Carolina, I had a particularly smart and talented English teacher–the same my junior and senior years. I remember that the summer before my senior year, this teacher required all of us to memorize 50 lines of poetry over the summer, to be recited on the…

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I spent with friends in Lansing, Michigan, but on the 28th I packed up my car, kissed Pepper goodbye, and headed to Lexington, KY to hang out with Steve of OmniBrain for a few days. His sister lives there, and they were nice enough to give me a post-holiday home…

Bush says “Congress worst in 20 years.” All irony meters simultaneously explode. I just imagine Bush and Congress embroiled in a “No, you are!” “Noooo, you are!” “Nooooo you are times 10!” “You are times infinity!” – type battle of (COUGH) wits. That lasts about 10 minutes and they settle the fight with an emotional…

Sad News

I heard this morning that my grandfather died in his sleep last night. He had certainly lived a long life and had had the opportunity to travel across the country with my grandmother in their RV, for the past 15 years or so. Their pet projects involved Habitat for Humanity-type volunteering on various buildings, and…

I was just bumming aroung Wikipedia and I noticed that while PZ Myers and Pharyngula have entries, no one has yet made an entry for the entity/project that is ScienceBlogs. Someone should get on that!

Hard to know what to make of this, or even if what they propose–to prenatally interfere with sexual orientation–is possible. Mr. Mohler [president of a Baptist seminary] said in the article that scientific research “points to some level of biological causation” for homosexuality. That suggestion offended fellow conservatives, Mr. Mohler said. Proof of a biological…

St. Patrick’s Day Pictures

Sparkles and bunny ears are fun. (More pictures below the fold…..)

This weekend at UM Neuro, we’re getting our first group of interviewees to the PhD program. I usually volunteer to host a “recruit” because, not only do you get to meet interesting people, you get a slew of fancy dinners all paid for by the program! Woohooo! It is a bit intensive for the host…

So, I went to the Detroit Auto Show last night, which was awesome! The Auto Show is perhaps one of the coolest things about living near Detroit (and there’s not many), so I usually try to go during the two weeks its open to the public. I’m a big car enthusiast, and while that interest…

Yes, I am a big fat nerd. I’ve been playing Final Fantasy 12 nearly since I woke up this morning, trying to finish all those blasted side-quests. This is pathetic! On the other hand, has anyone done any studies on endorphin release following reinforcement in gaming? You know, that little happy feeling you get when…