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Archives for November, 2009

What do you see?

Or rather, what word do you see first? Ready? Give your answer below…

“Urbanites Learn the Primal Lure of Hunting” If you hunt a meal right beyond your backyard, well, that’s the fewest Food Miles you’re going to find. If you’re not a hunter, well, someone ought to teach you. If you’re urban or, let’s just say it, bourgeois, then isn’t this all so fun? The New York…

So, the other day on television, I caught a rather nice rendition of Lennon’s “Imagine.” It was during an episode of Glee, which is newish show that has a lot of musical theatre elements (it’s a favourite of my wife’s). Anyway, this episode had a plot that focused around the highschool glee club (of which…

Just saw this at Inkling. Looks like there is a Welsh company that has taken to making paper out of feces. Their primary brand is Sheep Poo Paper and I think the logo alone is worth a visit. Click here to check it out. Oh, and if you’re in the festive mood (it is, after…

Ideas for new Science Scout badges?

Nov 27, 2009 Dear lovers of science, badges, and various degrees of alcohol consumption Today, I’ll be scanning the comments at the Facebook group to create a few more Science Scout badges to put up sometime tomorrow, but if you’ve got a great idea best way is to send via my twitter account (@dnghub). I’ll…

Star Wars: Botany edition

All I can say is, is that this is brilliant… And there’s much more here from Christopher Niemann from the NYT Abstract City Blog. (via Magpie&Whiskeyjack)

I was listen to the radio as we were coming to the lab this morning, and one of the things that caught my ear was a quick mention of collective nouns. Now these are instances where there is a special and specific term that is coined for a group of things. Wiki describes it as…

Since playing around with twitter for the last couple of days, I think I’m starting to a hit this threshold that’s feeling a little like “twitter fatique.” So, of course, this makes me curious as to whether such a thing has been studied. You know, in terms of behavioural sciences, but with the hope that…

“Amaryllis,” by Katelyn Sack I work in the engineering school here at U.Va. My office faces a lobby-type area just outside the main computer lab for undergrads. That space has blank walls. We recently commandeered it and opened up an art gallery. The painting above is one of four currently hanging in this first installment.…

I recently attended the TEDxVancouver event, which was wonderfully done and also useful for being able to network with a lot of interesting people. There was, however, one thing that irked me – nothing to do with the conference logistics but rather a statement or two issued by one of the speakers, Patrick Moore. Just…