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Archives for September, 2006

If I was in Glendale …

So the Arizona Cardinals moved out of Sun Devil Stadium (home of the ASU Sun Devils) and got themselves a new state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, a city in the west valley. By all accounts it is a sweet stadium. With Super Bowl XLII in 2008 on the horizon, the naming rights for the new stadium…

Meet Chris Mooney …

Bumping this up so as to give Chris some Tempe loving … Changing Hands is a legendary bookstore here in Tempe, and tomorrow it will host Chris Mooney at 7pm for a talk on his wonderful book The Republican War on Science which is now available (updated!) in paperback. Chris’ book is an eye-opening account…

Shipwreck

Today marks the birth (in 1791) of Théodore Géricault, one of my favorite painters. Best known for Raft of the Medusa (see above, properly titled Scene of Shipwreck), Géricault’s short career came to an end at the age of 33, not before his completion of a haunting series of portraits of asylum inmates, this ghoulish…

The Coming of the Fairies

In November 1920, the celebrated author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle announced the beginning of a new “epoch in human thought.” He believed that he was presenting “a strong prima-facie case” for the existence of fairies, based on photographs taken by two pseudonymous young girls in July and September 1917. Noting that “in a matter involving…

Wasting time on a Sunday

Over at Fark.com someone posted a link to a game called Line Rider (you can play it here). Then someone posted the movie below. Someone has too much time on their hands!

Saturday Football Blogging

ASU (#18) are playing the Cal Golden Bears (#20) at Berkeley. The first half has just ended and the Devils are down 42-14. After a good opening scoring drive, ASU have just collapsed, with the only ray of sunshine being the running effort of (third-string RB) Ryan Torain, a JC transfer from Kansas. Rudy Carpenter…

Invasion of the tripletails

An Atlantic tripletail caught in the Bristol Channel this week may be the first recorded occurrence of the species in Britain. The Atlantic tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis, is found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world, but is exceptionally rare north of the Mediterranean Sea. Experts believe that the catch is another indication that subtropical…

Pure Nerd, baby

Pure Nerd73 % Nerd, 26% Geek, 30% Dork For The Record: A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.You scored better than half in Nerd,…

Friday Poem: The Eagle

The Eagle He clasps the crag with crooked hands;Close to the sun in lonely lands,Ring’d with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;He watches from his mountain walls,And like a thunderbolt he falls. Alfred, Lord Tennyson Picture is of a Pallas’ Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus Pallas, 1771), a declining species native…

Good news from Turkey

Elif Shafak, the Turkish novelist accused of “denigrating Turkish national identity” under Article 301 of Turkey’s penal code, has been acquitted. Shafak, a professor at the University of Arizona, had faced charges for comments made by characters in her novel The Bastard Of Istanbul, specifically on the mass killings of Armenians in the final years of the Ottoman…