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As much as I abhor war, the way that the military handles soldier deaths is (usually) quite admirable (although the same might not hold for its handling of post-service medical problems). When a soldier is killed in service, the family gets a personal visit and often one or more personal phone calls from higher officers,…

If you take a gander at our “Terrytalks” speaker promo video, you’ll note that one of the sillier requests we had for our student speakers was to pick a song that would work if Terry talks were to have a soundtrack. If you remember, Terry talks has a fairly straight up mandate to connect students…

I’ve been thinking a little about having another go at a Puzzle Fantastica, what with the first being kind of cool, and the second solved much too quickly. Along those lines (and because the previous post has that marvelous cover image), I was happy to discover that at one time (back in April of 2006),…

I dunno. I’m curious what the verdict is and how much of depends on whether the phrase Boots the Monkey means anything to you.

Recently, I read an interesting piece on something known as “Darwin’s Delay.” Briefly, this is a mystery which queried why it took 20 odd years for Darwin to take his theory of evolution from his own private musings in the late 1830′s, to its publication as the Origin of Species in 1859.

Grimace is a G.M.O.

I’ve shown this before somewhere in this blog, but since Ben recently put up a post on “unintended consequences” and the use of genetic modification, just thought it worth mentioning that an older piece of mine on Grimace is up at the SCQ.

It’s the Ecological Footprint Quiz. Yeah! If you’ve never taken it, give it a whirl. About a 3 minute process. My test results: If everyone lived like me, we would need 3.7 earths to get by. Some background on Ecological Footprints, you ask? Here and here. And, for the faint of link clicking, two summaries:…

Dave and I have been talking about Mountain Top Coal Removal, in two parts so far (one, two) of an on-going discussion, and I had yet to mention this article from early July, in The Roanoke Times. (That’s southwestern Virginia.) Since Dave just got back from the Canadian Rockies, I wanted to get back on…

Peter Sis is probably best known for his Madlenka series, which I believe, have even been made into a few Sesame Street shorts. But in my view, his prowess in producing these intricate and pretty pictures are well used in two of his books that focus specifically on the life and times of two prominent…