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Archives for October, 2006

I Love Maps

So here’s one from TIME, on population density. I did not realize Dallas-Fort Worth was the fifth largest metropolitan area. I did not know that.

Technology Evangelist Wanted

This has to be the best new job title. George Mason University is looking for a Technology Evangelist. Quoth GMU: The Center for History & New Media at George Mason University is seeking a technology evangelist for Zotero (www.zotero.org), an open source bibliographic management and note-taking tool for the Firefox web browser. The technology evangelist…

The Silencer (being performed in Blacksburg, VA, on November 1, 2, and 3, ahead of its London opening in 2007) is a play about Global Warming and Climate Science. How about that, a play about global warming and climate science. Not your everyday occurrence. I can’t say if it’s Michael Frayn-level theater, but I can…

Damn You Again Dawkins

This time it’s possible that it isn’t really his fault. Dawkins is speaking here at the University of Virginia this Friday, on the rare day that I’m out of town at a conference. I could blame the History of Science Society, or the Society for Social Studies of Science. (See Janet’s post too; get the…

Chances are, this 1952 film from Norman Mclaren cost less than $1.2 billion. Despite that, it won the Oscar for best animation that year.

Wine Science: extreme edition

At the beginning of this past week, I did a post on some of the science behind the aroma of coffee, so I thought it would be fitting to talk a bit about wine as well. Not because I’m a wine afinionado (not even close), but mainly because I had the opportunity to write a…

The new Border Fence Law: What a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid , stupid, stupid, stupid , stupid idea. Hmmm, a billion bucks or two…

From an Eco Politics listserv I see mention of an upcoming debate about Nuclear Energy: “Cradle to Grave: New Nukes and Old Radioactive Waste” It is a Live Webcast Debate being held on the 27th. The link is here, but you can’t see anything until the webcast. More details below the fold…

Yes, Ultraman or “Paul”, our new intern could certainly stick it to Mr. Norris. Especially, if what PZ writes about Mr. Norris is true. If you don’t believe, then watch the movie below the fold, which has a friend of Paul, who goes by the name of Ultraman Taro doing some serious butt kicking. And…

Yesterday I had an opportunity to listen to and to say hello to Ronald Wright. This is a fellow who has crossed a number of disciplinary boundaries in terms of his writing prowess, and winning lots of literary awards along the way. He’s trained in Archeology and Anthropology, and as far as last night was…