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Archives for August, 2008

Cindy McCain on Palin’s Experience

Cindy McCain on Palin’s experience: And, also, remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So it’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here. Seriously.

Sheril has just announced that Barak Obama has answered fourteen questions posed by the Science Debate 2008 team. I haven’t had a chance to read his responses yet, so wander on over yourself to see what he has to say.

A storm on steroids.

We had quite the storm here in the Valley on Thursday. Wind gusts up to 100 mph. Lots of rain. And more than 1,500 lightning strikes in a single hour. Round about 7pm we could see the lightning to the east of us here in Tempe and it was still going on around 2am. It…

Palin and McCain’s “judgment”

On August 10th, Karl Rove had the following to say about Tim Kaine who he wrongly assumed was to be Obama’s choice for VP: With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years, he’s been able but undistinguished. I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing…

The more I think about Obama’s speech last night, the more I like it. As for Sarah Palin, I have little to add to what my stablemates have to say. That is all.

The Great Pop-Sci book Project

Via Cocktail Party Physics, a list of popular science books. Rules are simple: Bold those you’ve read in full, asterisk those you intend to read, add any additional popular science books you think belong on the list (I’ll try and do that next weekend, class prep allowing), and link back to Jennifer (who has never…

Welcome, Rich White Oligarchs!

Seen on I-494 heading out of Minneapolis St-Paul Airport. Sweet! (source)

Monday Mustelid #27

Pine marten, Martes martes L. (source) [Strictly speaking, #27 should be the Nilgiri marten, M. gwatkinsii, but I can’t find any images.]

Poem: The Stoat

The Stoat Walking in the warmest afternoon this year has yielded yet, through slopes of whin that made the shadows luminous, and filled the slow air with its fragrance, we went down a narrow track, stone-littered, under trees which with new leaf and opening bud contrived to offer a green commentary on light; and as…


Irish boxer Kenny Egan is in the light heavyweight final against Xiaoping Zhang as I type. Naturally, I can’t see it live in this country … instead I get to see a bunch of overpaid millionaires play basketball against Spain. Here’s hoping the Spaniards win. Best I can do is follow the fight round by…