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A Few Random Questions

Does it bother you when people say: “Wow, it’s been so cold this winter, so much for global warming.”? And you have to remind them that global warming means that the average temperature of the earth is increasing, and that, in fact, the average temperature of North America is predicted to get colder, by maybe…

Here: Take a look at this. This was another cool thing we did at TEDactive. Essentially, we were given a piece of white paper and asked to doodle what we thought the “world needed more of.” Can you guess which part is mine? (hint: I’m such a geek)

Biodiversity song… TA DA! (sort of)

In case those of you (the 2 or so readers we have here) are anxiously waiting for the song on biodiversity that I promised a while back. Well, I’m still working on it (partly things have been busy, also partly I had some new recording hardware to figure out). Anyway, just to show that I…

Seems like TED.com is releasing videos on my list of favourites. Sit back and enjoy! As an aside, I’m curious what she thinks of this vaccine nonsense – as someone who relishes in the details, she would have been a great spokesperson in setting the Jenny McCarthys of the world straight.

I love this.

That is all… Cheap Pop Song from Rhett Dashwood on Vimeo.

I just noticed talks are up from the TEDxVancouver event I attended a little while back. At the time, I mainly focused on one particular speaker who was a Climate Change denialist, but now that the talks are up, I thought it fitting to highlight what I thought was one of the strongest talk (sort…

AAAS Meeting – Science in the Theatre

I was just in San Diego for the 2010 AAAS National Meeting – that’s the American Association for the Advancement of Science – the parent organization that publishes the journal Science. This year’s theme was “Bridging Science and Society”. As part of this, I organized and chaired a session called “Science in the Theatre” (although…

This was one of my favourite talks at TED2010. Worth a viewing – Mr. Howard makes a lot of good sense.

Is Bon Jovi an idea worth spreading? Not sure, but it seemed to do wonders with a certain amount of context at a conference I recently attended. This being the TEDactive conference: a satellite event where attendees viewed and immersed themselves in the TED universe at an “off site” locale, all the while taking in…

Between the Saints and Mardi Gras time: Louisiana is in full celebration right now. Some of the “cultural” elements on view during the Super Bowl reminded me of parallels in the culture of science: 1. The Super Bowl champions are always called the “World Champions” – even though this is a solely US sporting event.…