World's Fair

Archives for June, 2008

This cracks me up every time, and will be sure to somehow make an appearance in my talks on science literacy. I’m thinking this would make a great graphic to segue into discussions on the public perceptions of technologies, etc.

3 Song Mix #3

This is actually very nicely done – a commencement speech by JK Rowling at Harvard a few weeks ago. I’ve embedded the movie file below the fold for convenience, but full details (as well as the transcript of the speech) can be found here

Resolved: a host of academic, journalistic, and community-based work has increased its focus in recent years on the matter of local food. In no way could I summarize the breadth of that work. But I am frequently surprised to find the same conversations going on, over and over again. For example, just this week there…

When I read pieces like this one (at McSweeney’s), it makes me want to make the World’s Fair the place to go to at ScienceBlogs when you want to catch up on unicorn stuff. Anyway, here’s the first paragraph: The unicorn starts out by laying out its plan to counter the North Korean nuclear threat.…

The Uncombable Hair Syndrome

Occasionally, I talk about this when I’m giving a talk on science literacy, and most often, I’ll present the following statement asking if it’s true or false: There is a human disease characterized by uncontrollably messy hair. It is called the “uncombable hair syndrome.” Anyway, it’s true and the disorder is also known as Pili…

So, there’s been much argument lately in my neck of the woods, over the BC’s new carbon tax. This is coming online in a few days (July 1st), and will be responsible (amongst many other things) for what has been figured to be a 2.4c/litre hike in gas prices. Anyway, folks are getting quite antsy…

3 Song Mix #2

As in popperfont.com Last week, I opened up a free wordpress blog, with the hopes of collecting my writings in one place, as well, as trying to categorize the silly “true or false” questions I use in many of my public talks on science literacy (most of which have been discussed in some form or…

I think this statement should be obvious, and for that reason alone, we’ve included it in the SCQ’s list of truths. This, by the way, is a web experiment run by the Quarterly. The background can be found here, and I’ll note that I’m constantly surprised by its staying power. On a general google.com search,…