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Archives for February, 2008

Worst Science Job 2007 – Hazmat Diver Dave Semeniuk over at the Terry blog has posed an interesting question. Namely, what are the worst jobs in the humanities? (Another pandering to the two culture debate?) The question is framed around the report that Popular Science annually releases on the “Worst Jobs in Science.” But, thinking…

(Speaking of the arts and science divide) a couple weeks ago, I ran a few lab exercises that revolve around the use of software to city planning, especially as it pertains to issues of sustainability (there’s even an online version available here). Anyway, since time was limiting and large part of the exercise was active…

Suburbia sucks.

I’m sort of putting the finishing touches to today’s GMO lecture in my ART+SCIENCE class, but before I move on from the land of sustainability, here is a TEDtalks lecture I quite enjoyed about the problem with space and why Americans in particular suck at working with it (note: some gratuitous swearing in this lecture,…

I have a guest post today over at The Education of Oronte Churm. It’s called Too Much Culture But Not Enough to See. Please be obliged to confer. Coincidentally, Russell Jacoby has a column in The Chronicle of Higher Ed on the same subject (of the place and merits of binaries) called “Not to Complicate…

Preface | Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | (Sidebar 1) | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 Pt. 7 | (Sidebar 2a) | (Sidebar 2b) | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9 | Conclusion …continuing from Sidebar 2a (you might read that first before continuing on below) All of the above…

Preface | Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | (Sidebar 1) | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 Pt. 7 | (Sidebar 2a) | (Sidebar 2b) | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9 | Conclusion “Synchroneity. All times at one. My hobby.”* This one’s about bombs and mercury and milk and Communists…

This post was written by guest blogger Jody Roberts.* 19 February 2008 was an historic day. For the first time in history, the price of oil at the close of the U.S. markets sat above $100. Ok, it was by only a penny, but that penny was probably the most significant penny anyone’s see in…

I’m continuing to play up this same theme of blowing up mountains not to beat a dead horse but because not many people, still, know about the horse. Click below for a link that shows how you personally are connected to mountaintop removal. It goes to addressing this question: what’s mountaintop removal have to do…

Listen, we’ve got a lot to do here, it’s a hectic post, lots of links, so stay awake, put down your cell phone, and keep those new windows open and visible in new tabs. World’s Fair guest contributor Oronte Churm uses a pen name — if it wasn’t obvious. But he reveals his identity today…

Daniel Nocera, Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at MIT and international spokesman on sustainable energy, is giving a talk here at U.Va. today. I thought I’d share some of the stats that he’s pulled together in prior publications. Readers of this blog will already know that I question a commonly taken-for-granted assumption in energy predictions…