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Archives for December, 2007

RIP

Netscape has finally been taken off life-support. Born in October 1994, yet stunted in its growth since the late 90’s, the browser is set to finally expire on February 1st. It spawned Mozilla and thus ultimately Firefox. Please observe a moment of silence. Apologies for the BLINK tag in the title. It seemed apt. Sayeth…

You’re not really trying, are you?

The 2007 BEAST 50 Most Loathsome People in America has appeared. #9 is sadly on the money.

The yellow goat I ate!

Over at fark.com, there’s a thread on viral videos. Someone posted this classic which the original YouTube poster described as "The Crazy Indian Video with SUBTITLES THAT SAY WHAT I THINK THE VIDEO SOUNDS LIKE IN ENGLISH!!!" and is probably the most hyperkinetic thing I have ever seen in my life. It’s also probably best…

Today in Science (1217) & A Hiatus

I’m going to close things down here until the beginning of the New Year – a combination of projects I need to finish and family commitments mean that I will be posting little (if anything) for the next two weeks. I wish all my readers a happy, safe & peaceful holiday season. Your Today in…

The Year in ID – 2007 Edition.

Twelve months ago I offered a roundup of the "advances" made by the intelligent design movement in 2006, a month-by-month roundup which differed significantly from the assessment of John West. I had started to do the same for this year, but quickly realized that the ID movement achieved absolutely nothing over the past twelve months.…

What is popular here?

And while I’m at it rounding up the year … Top ten posts (from any year) for visits this past year Strange beastie in Maine Polar bears are threatened Epic takedown of Pivar From sea to shining sea Last LOL I promise, well maybe Possibly the dumbest argument ever against atheism Beware the catfish from…

Today in Science (1216)

Births 1776 – Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German physicist 1882 – Walther Meissner, German physicist 1901 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist Deaths 1687 – William Petty, English scientist and philosopher

My year in blogging

Last year a few of us did this – basic idea is to reproduce the first sentence of the first post every month over the past year. I’m going to ignore "Today in Science" posts. Let’s see what we got … What is this mystery beast captured on film in Kayan Mentarang National Park, East…

Arguments about evolution, redux

An English backpacker who stabbed a Scottish traveller to death during a row about creationism and evolution was sent to jail for five years by a judge in Australia. Alexander York, 33, from Essex, had become involved in a bitter argument over the origins of mankind and later, in the caravan park where they were…

Today in Science (1215)

Births 1852 – Henri Becquerel, French physicist and Nobel Prize laureate 1860 – Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician and Nobel Prize laureate 1916 – Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born physicist and Nobel Prize laureate 1923 – Freeman Dyson, English-born American physicist Deaths 1958 – Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate