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Archives for June, 2008

Stay classy, Texas.

Button being sold at last week’s Texas GOP convention. [source]

A WorldPublicOpinion.org poll of 20 nations (nearly 20,000 respondents) around the world finds that, while none of the national leaders examined inspire wide confidence, our glorious leader is one of the least trusted leaders, to such a degree as to be less trusted than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and only just beating out Pervez Musharraf. More details…

Monday Mustelid #20

Lesser grison, Galictis cuja Molina 1782.

Arizona as Swing State

Apparently the McCain campaign sees Arizona as a “swing state” … this despite the fact that Arizona has voted Republican in every election bar one (1996) since 1952. It says something about McCain that he can’t even feel comfortable about carrying the state that he has “represented” (and I use that term loosely) for 26…

Surfing Hippo

Young male hippo in the surf, South Africa [source] Courtesy of Phil Plait, I’ve stumbled across The Big Picture, a site run by the Boston Globe which features some wonderful photos arranged thematically. Do wander over and have a look.

Razib presents some interesting data on donations to the two main political parties by scientists. What struck me is that if you rank the professions from most Republican to most Democrat, you get the following: Civil Engineering [0.75] Chemical Engineering [0.79] Geology [0.92] Mechanical Engineering [0.96] Electrical Engineering [1.17] Chemistry [2.31] Biochemistry [5.09] Mathematics [5.44]…

The fox at the end of the garden

My mother – who lives five miles from the center of Dublin – has a red fox Vulpes vulpes living at the end of her garden (much to the delight of her grandchildren). On the day these photos were taken, the little blighter emerged from the hedges around 9 am and stayed out sunning himself…

Euro 2008

It happens every two years … a veritable orgy of high-quality soccer. In 2006 it was the World Cup, this time around it is the European Championship. So far, the Germans look efficient, the French were underwhelming, the Italian Diving Squad choked (badly), and the Dutch … well they just dominated the Italians in their…

Some news out of ASU

Two quick shots … Firstly, ASU is planning to install a 2 megawatt roof-top solar grid that will provide over 20% of the power to our campus. The installation is expected to be completed by the end of the year. That’s enough to run 4,600 computers and reduce carbon emissions by 2,825 tons per year,…

καλημέρα!

Someone may have noticed that I’ve been away for awhile. I was in Europe for a few weeks and am only now getting my feet under me. Highlight of the trip had to be five days spent in Athens, a city which I had never visited before. More of that later, no doubt. Anyway, I’ll…