Stranger Fruit

Archives for October, 2006

Happy Birthday!

As some of you may know, in 1650, the Irish archbishop, James Ussher dated the beginning of the universe using the Book of Genesis and calculated the date of creation to be October 22, 4004 BC. That would make the universe 6002 6009 years old today.

Advice to a 12 year old me

Over at Fark.com there’s an interesting thread asking for answers to the following: If you could go back in time and tell your 12-year old self one thing, what would it be? I was twelve in 1980. It seems so long ago … maybe because it is. I guess I’d go with: You’re not going…

Saturday Football

It is Homecoming here in Tempe and ASU (3-3) are playing the only team in the PAC-10 with a worse record than their own – the 0-7 Stanford Cardinal. This – and the next two ASU games - wont be televised and as I hate listening to football on the radio, I wont have much to say…

Twins

Grayling on religious believers

AC Grayling over at The Guardian: It is time to demand of believers that they take their personal choices and preferences in these non-rational and too often dangerous matters into the private sphere, like their sexual proclivities. Everyone is free to believe what they want, providing they do not bother (or coerce, or kill) others;…

And I thought I was special

HowManyOfMe.com There are:2,216people with the name John Lynch in the U.S.A. How many have your name?   Apparently, there are just shy of 135,000 Lynchs and there are 23 Charles Darwins.    HT to Joseph.

Olberman on the MCA

Keith says: We have handed a blank check drawn against our freedom to a man who may now, if he so decides, declare not merely any non-American citizens “Unlawful Enemy Combatants” and ship them somewhere — anywhere — but may now, if he so decides, declare you an “Unlawful Enemy Combatant” and ship you somewhere…

Sometimes I despair: [E]ight lifelike lion statues across from what soon will be Arizona’s largest cineplex apparently are a bit too lifelike for some tastes. Guarding the entrances of a children’s water fountain park at a high-profile West Valley retail project, the concrete beasts are depicted raising their rumps in the air, each with a…

Somehow

From Kevin Tillman, Army Ranger and brother of Pat: Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD,…

Have you seen …

the Filter? Media to help you, help others, “get” science. David Ng has more details here. The site features a pic that I used to gross out humanities students (in the mid-90′s): Ah, good times.