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Archives for September, 2007

Oreskes offers updated response to Schulte

The following is posted on behalf of Naomi Oreskes: On September 3, I was contacted by Mr. Schulte, who asserted that statements made in my response – specifically that “The Schulte piece misrepresents the research question we posed,” that “the piece misrepresents the results we obtained,” and that the “piece misrepresents my own interpretation of…

A pint of plain is your only man.

September 24th is also the anniversary of the birth (in 1724) of Arthur Guinness, the real patron saint of Ireland. In 1759 he opened the St James’s Gate brewery in Dublin and by 1778 he was brewing the elixir than bears his name. In his honor, I give you "The Workman’s Friend" by Flann O’Brien:…

Today in Science (0924)

Play of the week

Wilkins! A Real Aussie Snowflake?

Maybe our own little Aussie snowflake needs to change his image to this cantankerous little antipodean? Details here.

College Football Rankings

W00t! ASU are back among the ranked teams – #23 in the AP and #25 in the USA Today poll. That means four Pac-10 teams are currently ranked – USC (#1), Cal (#6), Oregon (#11) and ASU (with UCLA also receiving votes). Week 3 of last season was our last time in the rankings (#22),…

Who? What? I Don’t Know.

My grandfather – now dead 28 years – and I used to coil up laughing to this.

Today in Science (0923)

Events 1846 – Discovery of Neptune by Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and John Couch Adams 1884 – Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine. 1999 – NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.

Saturday Night at Sun Devil Stadium

I spent Saturday night in Sun Devil Stadium watching ASU beat Oregon State 44-32, to go 4-0 for the season. This after spotting the Beavers 19 points in the first seven minutes and given that OSU had the second-rated run defense in the country. Five interceptions and a lot of big third-down plays (both on…

A week in the life

There’s a common misconception about academics. It sees us as spending perhaps six to nine hours a week actually working and then sitting on our asses for the rest of the working week absorbing money from the public. Wish it were so. This week, I had nine hours of in-class time, five hours of meetings…