World's Fair

Archives for November, 2007

Continuing with cartoon week here at The World’s Fair, we offer this one from Herb Block, circa 1977:

Our alternative sponsor for November (arriving very late in the month) is a Tom Meyer cartoon.

A Tom Toles editorial cartoon, from Sunday’s Washington Post

“A Note” (poem by W. Szymborska)

I just picked up Jonah’s book, Proust was a Neuroscientist, which so far has me thinking differently about the other things I read. And with Whitman as the first chapter, I got to thumbing through some poetry. Plus, it’s a nice season for poetry. Moving on, inelegant as this transition may be…. We’ve posted a…

Stephen Jay Gould in Simpsons’ form

Taking a cue from Dave’s recent meme-games and my own reading of the weekend book review section of the paper, I’m inspired to wonder how many answers can fit the following blanks: “The period between the end of _______ and the end of ______ is one of the most important in American history and, these…

The SCQ has rounded up most of the scientific eponyms created as a result of a meme call. Take a gander, and let me know if you want to play as well. This particular page can hopefully expand over time. (link) My favourite right now is the Semeniuk-Bjorge-Colby Score which has the keywords: sex, hairyness,…

Puzzle Fantastica 3 (Fourth Clue)

This is for all you folks in Vancouver who happen to have some time to kill tomorrow (Friday) at lunch. The UBC Terry Project is having James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith give a talk. These are the authors of “The 100-Mile Diet,” a bestseller and buzz worthy book that uses a social experiment (can we…

AID stats are off (and like the point is?)

Well, one of the big news items these days, is the “re-adjustment” of HIV infection statistics coming out of UNAIDS. Apparently, the numbers that have been used over the last couple of years have been too high and that the new numbers are significantly lower. For example, the worldwide infection numbers dropped from 40 million…