World's Fair

Archives for January, 2010

When the most recent LSU budget cuts were handed down by the Louisiana governor a couple of weeks ago, one of the items that went on the chopping block was the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair, which has long been sponsored and hosted by the university. In a state with a creationist governor, and…

Well, now it can be used for the Phylomon project. You know, the one where we’re hoping we can guide an open source project into a free and massive card collecting game that is fun and even perchance (oh no, here it comes…) educational. Now that we’re at a stage where we’re confident that the…

O.K. I just re-strung my guitar and it’s sounding oh so pretty right now. As well, my delayed Christmas present is also arriving soon (a Fender acoustic bass – woo hoo!). In any event, it’s high time, I started to write another silly science song. I’ve done a few already and they’re peppered around the…

Although it’s not Dr. Forbin’s Colossus (one of the first AI systems to attempt to destroy the world on film –note the “on film” please), it is quite irritating, and the result might eventually be the same: We recently replaced our oven – why? the computer went out on it. We recently replaced our washer…

Sharing Wonder: Jennifer Kaban

O.K. Now that we’re back in the swing of things – Here is talk number five from the TEDx Terry talks event I helped organize. This might seem like a talk about science, but if you think about it, there’s a lot of the humanities when it comes to fully appreciating something as magical as…

A next step beyond believing in it (or any well established theory — e.g. Evolution) is to ask: do you like it? (and here I’m talking about the real thing, we’ll deal with the television show later). Einstein didn’t like it. So much so he made his self-proclaimed “biggest mistake” trying to work around it.…

Do you believe in the Big Bang?

Writing about gravitational waves and the fact that waves from the big bang might still be bouncing around the universe (see January 10th post) reminded me of an odd science-and-religion overlap that happened in one of my classes recently. We were studying a play about Ralph Alpher’s work on Big Bang nucleosynthesis and cosmic background…

If so, you should join this facebook group. Or to discuss further, please go to http://friendfeed.com/phylomon. Here’s part of what started this group and project: a friend of mine passed on this “letter to Santa:” It quite nicely demonstrates an issue with advocates of biodiversity – that is, what can we do to get kids…

Was it one of these (From wiki)? In any event, hopefully you picked the one about Henrietta Lacks. If you didn’t: then you really need to get yourself a copy of this book, entitled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and written by Rebecca Sloot, to find out why you should have.

Greetings from Louisiana State University. By some odd fluke, I’ve been asked to blog here at the World’s Fair (who says the world is fair?) while the venerable Ben goes emeritus for a while. Don’t worry, you still have Dave! Anyway, just so you’re not too surprised, here’s the usual kind of posts to expect…