Archives for April, 2007

The Lawrence City Commission will be considering a proposal to maintain a registry of domestic partnerships. The state attorney general has reviewed the proposal, and feels it’s probably legal. All the registry would do is provide a place for people (possibly restricted to Lawrence residents) to write down that they have made a lifetime commitment,…

Nail gun injuries on the rise with growth of DIY trend: Doctors in the nation?s emergency rooms are used to seeing so-called bagel cuts ? the injury that results from slicing a finger or palm instead of a bagel and is most common on weekends. Now North Carolina researchers report that ER physicians are increasingly…

Intelligent Falling catches on

Many moons ago, I presented my theory on Intelligent Falling to the scientific community in the only way recognized as valid: I posted it on the internet without any supporting evidence. Important journals like The Onion picked it up later, but it has taken longer to fulling infiltrate the ID movement. In a discussion at…

The right to map

Afarensis points out that Malaysia and the Philippines are making it harder to make accurate maps. The goal there is to block indigenous groups from using GPS and GIS to map their historic lands and defend their lands from developers. A few years back there was a student here at KU who grew up in…

Questions, questions

The inimitable John B. of Blog Meridian answered five questions posed to him on his blog, and I volunteered to do the same. His questions are above the fold, click through to see the answers: 1) Recall your first politically-sentient moment. † 2) Tell a little about your research at KU in language even a…

Hirsutism

While many things about the promos for “Starter Wife” bother me (the plot and the cast, for starters), I find myself simply confused by a scene in which Debra Messing’s husband opens his robe and she reacts with disgust. All we can see is his hairy chest, though it’s possible she’s reacting to something off-screen.…

Briefly Noted

Via Joel Mathis, a Japanese gentleman named “Cobra” explains his dangerous hobby: “When you get down to air sex, you’ve got to immerse yourself in the air sex world. “Air sex can’t be performed in half-measures,” he continued. “If it is, you’re only asking for trouble.” Yes, the idea is roughly the same as “air…

When Kurt Vonnegut passed away, I pointed out that the Bokononist mantra “Busy, busy, busy” is one that I find useful in my own life, especially this week. So it goes. The Kansas Guild of Bloggers, normally put online on Monday, is thus appearing on Friday, and incorporates only submissions to the blogcarnival.com system. Heck,…

See Flock of Dodos and talk with the director on May 7 at 7:30: Randy Olson, the filmmaker behind ‘Flock of Dodos,’ is the featured Watkins visiting professor, May 7-8 at Wichita State University. A question and answer panel discussion will follow the movie. Panelists will include Olson; Les Anderson, associate professor of communication; Niall…

Brief thoughts on Fair Use

My Scibling Shelley has gotten into and out of a bit of fuss while I’ve been incommunicado. She posted about a paper discussing the role of alcohol in protecting antioxidants in fruit. As so many of us have done, she posted a graph and table from the original paper to illustrate her description of the…