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Archives for December, 2006

Friday Poem

Memento And you are waiting, expecting that one thing, which infinitely enriches your life; the mighty, tremendous, the awakening of the stones, depths, turned to you. Dawning in the bookshelves are volumes in gold and brown; and you think of encompassed lands of images, of the garments of women lost again. And suddenly you realise:…

Top Ten Astronomical Images

Over at Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait has his top ten astronomical images from 2006. The winner is above, but do drop over and checkout the rest.

Ah well, it was good while it lasted!

Those crazy Avida people do it again …

I don’t really have time to write anything on this at the moment as I’m busy with another project, but I will note that American Naturalist is making available an interesting paper that uses the AVIDA system to study ecological specialization in digital organisms. The transition from generalist to specialist may entail the loss of…

On this day …

On this day in 1829, Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Le Chavalier de Lamarck died penniless and blind in Paris. Lamarck is, of course, popularly remembered as the father of Lamarckism. But let us remember a few things – Darwin accepted “Lamarckism” (the inheritance of acquired characteristics) and Lamarck was an evolutionist at a time…

Yet another reason

June 2006: Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia opened up TechEd 2006 in Boston Sunday evening by proclaiming that Windows Vista was the most secure operating system in the industry. But a bold statement can only go so far, and much of this week’s conference has been spent reinforcing that point. December 2006: About a…

On this day …

Today in 1831, Charles Darwin left Plymouth on board the HMS Beagle for a voyage that would be epoch-making in the history of science. He would return to England on the 2nd of October 1836. In 1837 he would begin a series of notebooks that would culminate in his 1842 “pencil sketch” of his theory…

Polar bears are threatened

Note: Since I’m getting a lot of queries about this photo … I don’t own copyright for the photo and don’t have the contact information for the source of the picture. I got the photo off the web and neglected to note the source. Googling “polar bear” should result in the original, but that may…

Dawkins’ “stock reply”

At the risk of restarting the arguments of last month (and, oh, what fun they were!), I will note that Richard Dawkins writes: Congratulations to P Z Myers on this brilliant piece of satire. It applies not just to Allen Orr’s review in NYRB, but to all those many reviews of TGD that complain of…

Lawless by name, lawless by nature

From AP: Reaching into the back of a truck, U.S. anti-immigration activist Don Pauly [founder of the Emigration Party of Nevada] grabs a Mexican flag, a can of lighter fuel and an aluminum baking tray and heads to the curbside outside the Mexican consulate. As a small group of police officers, protesters and puzzled bystanders…