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Archives for July, 2008

This is great. And this is also an image that seems appropriate when choosing to speak about water as a resource generally – it might, for instance, be a good prelude to discussions like this.

Would appreciate it if you could pass this on somehow? Thoughts?

An open letter to 0.7%

This got published a while back in the Walrus, but I just noticed that it’s also now freely available online. 0.7%, in case, you’re not aware is the hallmark figure suggested by Pearson as a target for foreign aid to developing nations. Anyway, hope you enjoy. My favourite line, by the way, is: You’re Wilco…

The response for the “Things to avoid at all cost when speaking publicly” post was awesome, and so, I’ve tried to formalize the suggestions into a fairly definitive list. The ones that didn’t make it tended to be more debatable, although admittedly, there are few in the list right now that sort of sit on…

An advertisement from Frank Scott’s company (as reprinted in Ted Steinberg’s American Green). Talk about religion and nature–Scott thought it was un-christian not to keep a manicured lawn. Our lawn finally came in this year after three years in this house. We hadn’t put much of an effort into it, I’ll admit, though the original…

The recent upswell in two-culture talk around Scienceblogs is driving me nuts (here’s a good jumping in point — oh wait, this one’s better). One might question the so very many unquestioned assumptions in the current conversation about “what is science” and “what are the humanities” and “what does it mean to *know* science” and…

As plans for our student speaker conference are ramping up, we’ve been talking about ways to recruit excellent speakers to the project (this is where we’re trying to host a university centric TED talks sort of thing). One idea, was to make some kind of video public service announcement that would direct people towards the…

…According to Ex-Marine Brad Collum. And Kevin Fleming, his apparent interlocutor, as originally published here. You thought we couldn’t pull off three Apple product satires in a row? Not to mention the Dick Cheney one we didn’t like as much so we didn’t include in this reprint series. But it is timed-posts week after all,…

The iPhone: A User’s Guide

This is one from the vault. Though not our vault. It was posted here in the original. But we offer a full reprint below the fold. If you’re a fidgety right-finger-on-that-mouse-scroller zooming-down-the-page reader (oh, did I nail it Mark?), don’t miss chapter 18: XVIII. Using the iPhone to learn whether superstring theory’s positing of 10…

Just a quick note. Although it’s been a while, a few of us are meeting for drinks on Friday night (July 25th) at The Revel Room in Gastown, Vancouver (8pm on). It just so happens that it’s about the 500th Day Anniversary of the Science Scouts. What’s this? Well, it’s this. Think: science plus badges…