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Archives for June, 2006

Ask A Scienceblogger

This week’s question is: Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why? I’m going to force myself to choose something totally outside the biological sciences and go with some area of physics. In high school and college in…

And so it begins

The first World Cup 2006 game is over, with Germany beating Costa Rica 4-2. Good game with some nice goals, including a wonderful forty yarder. I was surprised that Costa Rica stayed as close as they did. Looking forward to rest of the competition – Poland v Ecuador is on in an hour.

Well, Hello! Come here often?

Just a quick shout out to Bora, John, Nick and all the new Scienceblog pledges. Let the hazing begin, but first wander over and say hello. And we’ve got a new front page, thanks to the hard work of Tim, Katherine and all our overlords at Seed. Now, I can go back to the World…

Seeking recommendations

After seven years of using PalmOS devices, I switched last week to a HP iPAQ hx2495 (which runs Windows Mobile 5). So I’m wondering, gentle readers, what software do you have on your Pocket PC (if you have one) that you highly recommend. I’m especially interested in high quality freeware.

I need help identifying this large fly that was on my patio last night (the orange color is due to the porch light, click for bigger version). It was maybe an inch in body length. Any ideas? Update: Below the fold, I give what may be an identification.

Olberman on Coulter

Following Coulter’s screed yesterday, Keith Olberman drop kicks her sorry ass [WMV, 10M]. She accuses the widows of “politicizing” and making money from the September 11 attacks, something she (and the administration) have also done. How come Conservatives aren’t speaking out against this harpy?

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Bush performs the U2 song “Sunday Bloody Sunday“. Someone has waaaaay too much time on their hands. Impressive though.

Yesterday, the Vatican named gay marriage as one of the factors threatening the traditional family as never before. Today, supporters of a marriage amendment could not even get together enough votes to actually get to vote on the amendment, falling eleven votes short. Seven Republicans voted to kill the amendment: Lincoln Chafee (RI), Susan Collins…

Should have seen this coming

Your Sesame Street Persona: Bert You scored 68% Organization, 43% abstract, and 59% extroverted! This test measured 3 variables. First, this test measured how organized you are. Some muppets like Cookie Monster make big messes, while others like Bert are quite anal about things being clean. Second, this test measured if you prefer a concrete…

I guess the “Beat on Conservatives Who Make Fools of Themselves” trifecta is in play, so I might as well run with this. Keith Olbermann unleashes a massive smackdown on Bill O’Reilly. Transcript and video are at onegoodmove. Abraham Lincoln did not shoot John Wilkes Booth. Titanic did not sink a north Atlantic iceberg. And…