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Archives for October, 2007

This might be handy, if you happen to be dressed up as a ghost or flying superhero or bat, etc – the SCQ has a piece up today, that goes over the physics of learning to fly, a la Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In other words, the piece takes a look at some of…

It looks like a lot, but really it’s not (hey, that rhymes) Clearly, food is a hot topic these days. You see it constantly in the cultural dominance of things like the Food Channel, Martha Stewart, or The Iron Chef. But more fittingly, thankfully even, you also see a boon of discussions that look closely…

A couple months back, I had a piece published at The Walrus which kind of looked at brief encounters with famous people – you know, the type that I’m sure many of us had during the course of our academic careers. One of the people listed was the time I bumped into Sir Francis Crick,…

The data presented below were first published after Halloween in 2006, here at The World’s Fair. We were fortunate after that publication to receive further (non-anonymous) peer review and thus we re-present below the hierarchy with amendments and adjustments, but no retractions, this time just ahead of Halloween and Ghost season.

A piece of geeky brilliance, reprinted from McSweeneys, one of my favourite websites:

Medicine with a “D’oh!”

This is kind of clever. Published a while ago in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, this is a discussion of medical practices using the two central MD characters found in the Simpson’s world. Like the forces of good and evil battling for the soul of medicine itself, these 2 physicians are polar opposites. Julius Hibbert…

Radiohead versus Wilco: Discuss

Wilco is good, sometimes exceptional, but often inconsequential. So it would appear that the above statement is up for discussion. I’m speaking specifically about statement number 9 of the truth, now that Ben has noted that Wilco has relinquished one of their albums to Volkswagon. Of course, the first contender that comes to mind, especially…

Well how cool is that? Looks like one of the starting pitchers tonight is our very own Jeff Francis. What makes it especially interesting to me, is that Jeff was once a student at my home institution, the University of British Columbia, and doubly so, because he was also a Physics graduate. This kind of…

I just saw Timon put this up on Filter, and found it very funny (the control experiment made me chuckle). Worth a boo: I’ve put this below the fold because it starts automatically, and I’m not sure how to disable that.

These I Don’t Believe

Perhaps better titled, “Of these, I am frustrated”: