Stranger Fruit

Archives for August, 2007

Some people don’t have maps

This made my head hurt. The following question was asked of Miss Teen South Carolina at the recent Miss Teen USA pageant. The answer (below the fold) is mind-blowingly incomprehensible and serves as a testament either to the problems with our public education system or the vapidity of pageant contestants (or more likely, both). Question:…

Today in Science (0825)

Events 1609 – Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers. 1894 – Shibasaburo Kitasato discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet. 1981 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn 1989 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Neptune, at the…

Epic Takedown of Pivar

Many readers will by now have encountered the (frankly) frivolous law suit filed – for $15 million for Jeez sake- by Stuart Pivar against PZ Myers for negatively reviewing Pivar’s book Lifecode. Peter Irons – retired law professor at UCSD – has shared the following letter he has sent to Pivar: Dear Mr. Pivar: I…

Today in Science (0824)

Events 1831 – Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle. 2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is no longer considered a planet.

Mutant Randomites Arise!

First we were "slime-snake-monkey-people". Now we’re "mutant randomites," and Johnson accuses us of name-calling! Mr Mote, meet Mr Eye. This just keeps getting better and better.

Today in Science (0823)

Events 1889 – First wireless message from a ship to the shore received. 1962 – First live television connection between the United States and Europe, via the Telstar satellite. 1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon. 1973 – The Intelsat communication satellite is launched.

Deja Vu … all over again

Today in Science (0822)

Events 1989 – The first ring of Neptune is discovered.

… you are doing better that 25% of the American public.

A mild rant for the evening

So let me see if I’ve got this straight … There are a bunch of people that think that typing ".com" instead of "" is a potential error that students looking for their school district on their home computer could make, and as such, the owner of the .com site should shutdown. Let’s imagine we…