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Archives for May, 2010

@dnghub Twitter Feed A while back, I was trying to think of phrases that “sound pleasant but are actually maybe bad” and I remember one of the silly ones I thought of was: Hummer coming through. Get it? “Hummer,” as in a person who hums (yes, I know – kind of lame). Just for the…

@dnghub Twitter Feed Happy Biodiversity Day! Well, it’s been about 5 weeks, and the Phylo project is close to 100 cards, all ready for free printing. As well, a set of rules is now available that is polished enough to go through some beta testing. Today, we even have an “Oil Spill” card, and I’d…

… You should go outside. Seriously. And if, for today, you’ve forgotten how graceful our planet can be, I’d invite you to take a mental break, put some headphones on, and watch these three lovely videos. Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull – May 1st and 2nd, 2010 from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

@dnghub Twitter Feed Yesterday I noticed that the web was a buzzing over two things in particular. One being the news of Craig Venter’s work on a proof of principle example of producing a synthetic organism, and the other being the unveiling of London’s 2012 Olympic mascots. Venter’s work certainly is an achievement – particularly…

@dnghub Twitter Feed I recently read this great post on the Terry blog, whereby Elysa talks about preconceived notions of success and how a person’s profession may relate to that. In particular, she used the example of Anne Wintour, the celebrated editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, who by any measure is “successful,” but because that success…

@dnghub Twitter Feed Original article can be found at our Science Scout site. – – – (Acronyms used: SSBFME = Science Scout Badges Free Market Economy) So… It’s been a few years since the Science Scouts were born, and (at last count) we have received over 300 emails from various Indian or Chinese Embroidery companies…

Me again. I once put up a post on the problems with trusting the safety of energy producing systems. The post was not well received; I see as I re-read the comments that I was particularly irritable about it. But I find the point I was trying to make way back when captured better in…

Last Friday and Saturday, I went to Northern Voice 2010, a gathering of 500+ individuals intent on absorbing everything that a “Personal Blogging and Social Media Conference” can muster. And I must say, that it was a treat to be there – not only because it had a nice friendly, informal vibe which makes for…

Going to a party at Tony Stark’s house would be awesomely fun, and Iron Man 2 has its fair share of highly enjoyable scenes, though not as many as Iron Man 1, but it definitely could have used some science consulting help. Despite Tony Stark’s apparently scientifically flawless use of a soldering iron in #1,…

While driving to the Astrobiology 2010 Conference last week, I and a graduate student from my lab briefly discussed Stephen Hawking’s recent declaration that humans should try to avoid contact with what would surely be hostile aliens. It seemed odd to be attending a conference where a primary aim is finding extraterrestrial life while the…