Archives for December, 2007

Daemon

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m satisfied with the results of this online doohickey from the Golden Compass website: HT: Grrrrrrrrrrl.

More on the science debate

Like various fancy bloggers and very serious people, I’m in favor of a debate among the presidential candidates about science and science policy. Mark Hoofnagle has added some good points, addressing common concerns others have expressed about the idea. Mike the Mad Biologist remains on the fence regarding: If the debate revolved around the parties’…

Late week limerick

The Newton of Info was meek; permission to copy did seek. The Crimson refused. Animations, he used. And Harvard cracked down on the geek. With BONUS DOUBLE DACTYL below the fold.

Greg Orman filed papers to run against Pat “Memory Pills” Roberts in the US Senate race. Roberts ran unchallenged 6 years ago, but will face a strong challenge this time. AG Morrison is accused of carrying on an affair with a staffer from his days as Johnson County DA, who also alleges various sorts of…

Dear Kansas

I’m sorry to hear you might be having ice storms tomorrow. If it’s any consolation, I’ve stopped wearing sandals, and sometimes have to put on a long sleeved shirt in the evenings. This is the sort of thing I will, in some sense of the term, miss:

A presidential debate about science

A bunch of bloggers and some other fancy folks have gotten together to endorse a simple request: Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth…

Unanswered questions about Gonzalez

Casey Luskin continues his misguided complaints about ISU’s decision not to grant Guillermo Gonzalez tenure. He approvingly quotes this passage, originally by Wired: Though out-of-context email excerpts can be misleading, statements like “this is not a friendly place for him to develop further his IDeas? make it sound like Gonzalez was not, as the university…

Late week limericks

There once was a man from Seattle Who engaged evolution in battle. When the dust settled down his work, it was found, Was made of all hat and no cattle. NOW WITH BONUS DOUBLE DACTYL! Higgledy Piggledy Guillermo Gonzalez. “God-privileged planet” books made him his name. Tenure’s refused, so this theoastronomer begs for his job…

Synecdoche, redux

For a while, I had this plan to follow up on my synecdoche post from a few days ago with a post about the revelation that the Bush administration actually knew that Iran stopped its nuclear program in 2003, and had known that for months, while still ratcheting up the rhetoric. I was going to…

It’s been days since the public became aware that Chris Comer, an award-winning science educator in the Texas Education Agency, was fired for daring to forward an email announcement of a talk about why intelligent design isn’t science. Coverage of the story has hit the AP wires, the pages of USA Today, the New York…