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Archives for August, 2006

Them there rings be missing, I tell ya

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has once more taken a stance on evolution and once more illustrated his lack on knowledge: “What I desire intensely is that, also in school programs, questions be explained, at the scientific level, opened by the theory of evolution, such as the famous question of the missing rings [sic],” Cardinal Schönborn said.…

Question …

A never-ending game

Some readers may recognize this image – BBC test card F, shown since 1967 while the station was off the air. As one BBC reporter noted, a “never-ending game. The poker-faced, Alice-banded girl locked in eternal combat with the gurning stuffed clown. It’s reminiscent of the feudal knight taking on Death at chess in Ingmar…

*chirp*

Things have been quiet here – start of the semester is alway hectic. Tomorrow (Thursday) sees my last class of the week, so I hope to get back on the wagon Thursday evening. As Pooh used to say “Ta Ta For Now”.

Coyne out, Funes in

John Wilkins notes that Fr. George Coyne was been removed from his post as head of the Vatican observatory. It’s not clear from the news reports that I have read whether Coyne was removed due to this stance on ID, which he described as a “kind of paganism”. He has been replaced by Fr. José Funes…

There goes Saturday …

If, like me, your teenage years were spent listening to 80′s music, (and you thus remember when MTV used to play music) this site will probably bring back memories – a listing of 80′s videos available on YouTube. Prepare to walk down Amnesia Avenue.

Catfish blogging

Bought some more catfish today. I’ve now got two tanks going, so I decided to go with a few more South American species - three Emerald cats (Brochis splendens Castelnau, 1855) and a single pictus cat (Pimelodus pictus Steindachner, 1876). The former are in my main tank with the peppered corys (Corydoras paleatus), lace catfish (Syonodontis…

And so it begins

The Fall semester officially starts tomorrow with the Fall Convocation – a meet and greet with the incoming class and their families. Next week will, like every first week, be chaos with teaching coupled with getting students back on track with their thesis research. As always, I can’t decide whether I’m happy to be back…

Epic

Your Friday poem … “Epic” Patrick Kavanagh I have lived in important places, times When great events were decided, who owned That half a rood of rock, a no-man’s land Surrounded by our pitchfork-armed claims. I heard the Duffys shouting “Damn your soul!” And old McCabe stripped to the waist, seen Step the plot defying…

Random quotes and me

Following a tagging from Janet: Five random quotes from here that “you think reflect who you are or what you believe.” As Janet did, I just picked the first five that seemed to work … no point in searching the whole database. What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens. – Benjamin…