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Archives for December, 2007

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS | FINAL GAME: Darwin v. HIV Now that d-Orbitals are sitting at home doing the work of orbitals while TiVoing the Darwin-HIV match-up, it’s hard for some to believe that they once looked to take it all. But this scrappy bunch of, of whatever d-Orbitals are (besides being the premier…

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS | FINAL GAME: Darwin v. HIV This is how tournaments go. You end up with some of the classic games in the middle, you find a monster match-up in the Sweet Sixteen. And that’s how it went down when Corporate met Darwin, as Rich called it over at Evolgen.

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS | FINAL GAME: Darwin v. HIV It was Particle versus F=ma in the Sweet Sixteen, and BBC Radio 4 LW was broadcasting with those charming accents. Fortunately, geologist Chris Rowan was there to translate. Mostly.

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS | FINAL GAME: Darwin v. HIV And then there was a slew of action in the Mortar and Pestle Region. Janet Stemwedel, ethicist to the stars, was there to give the pre-game rundown. Her sense of the science’s strengths and weakness proved prescient.

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS | FINAL GAME: Darwin v. HIV What began as a field of 64 highly competitive teams has ended with just Darwin and HIV. With the tournament’s Final game currently underway, we look back on a Science Showdown like no other. Some of the best play in the early rounds came…

A Christmas Poem

A good one too, by Spike Milligan. CHRISTMAS 1970. A little girl called Sile Javotte Said ‘Look at the lovely presents I’ve got’ While a little girl in Biafra said ‘Oh what a lovely slice of bread’.

On Modern Exceptionalism

“And each generation, full of itself,/ continues to think/ that it lives at the summit of history” — so ends Affonso Romano de Sant’ Anna’s poem “Letter to the Dead” (as posted here last year). In the same spirit of questioning Modern Exceptionalism, here is a quote by the German author Daniel Kehlmann from his…

Well judging by the slowing down of comments, it would appear that the holiday internet slowdown is upon us. Which also means that it’s time to put out a post that is a little on the light side. For me, one of the things I’m curious about is musical preferences – especially since I was…

Well it’s been 9 months going and 64 teams from the beginning, but it’s come down to this folks – a battle between two giants in the scientific world. DARWIN vs HIV So how does it look? Well, Darwin has never been a quiet one, and some say he’s just gearing up for his 200th…

Fossil fuels default. HIV advances.

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS In a stunning development, HIV advances to the final by default. Neither HIV nor Fossil Fuels could be reached for comment. Looks like the final is Darwin versus HIV.