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Monthly Archive: January 2009

Jan 31 2009

How to Destroy Your Childhood

…with YouTube. Watch what Microsoft’s Songsmith does to “White Wedding.” Then cower in the corner.

Jan 30 2009

Atheists Talk–Bora Zivkovic

Science is moving onto the internet. Collection of data, collaboration between researchers, communication and critique of results, teaching and learning–all are increasingly being done online. ScienceOnline, held January 16 – 18 in 2009, is a conference dedicated to discussing the intersection of science and online technologies. Bora Zivkovic, one of the founders and organizers of …

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Jan 29 2009

The Joy of Editing

Every once in a while, I’ll come across someone who writes well enough (and whom I know well enough) that I offer to edit their stuff. This could be copy editing or something much more substantial. The usual reaction is, “You’re a writer. Why would you want to edit something instead?” The answer is that …

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Jan 28 2009

ScienceOnline’09–The Conference

Is it remotely necessary to state at this point that I am no liveblogger? If the day and a half before the conference was for running around and meeting people I’d only talked to online, the conference itself was all about cramming my head full of ideas it will take me the next year (or …

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Jan 28 2009

Another One Gone

In yet another sign that this is the wrong kind of economy in which to have not updated your business model for the electronic age (just Google “publisher” and “layoff”), Realms of Fantasy is stopping production with their April issue. I’m not even going to go look at how few pro publishers of short fantasy …

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Jan 27 2009

The Widget Code

Okay, there seems to be some demand for this, so here’s the code for the recent comments widget. Updated to make copying easier and to fix a bug with anonymous commenters: In the end of the script, replace my URL with your own. Then all you have to do is add an HTML/Javascript widget to …

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Jan 26 2009

The Comments Widget

Yay! I would just like to take this opportunity to thank PalMD, in whose Blogging 101 session I declared Recent Comments to be the single most important widget a blogger can have, and Lou, who sent me a widget that turned out not to work with my template, for getting me off my ass to …

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Jan 25 2009

What Type Am I?

Do I need to say anything more about my opinion of personality tests than to say that on this measure: Agreeableness Agreeableness is the tendency to be sympathetic and cooperative towards others. People who score high on agreeableness strive for social harmony and value getting along with others. Disagreeable people tend to be more suspicious …

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Jan 24 2009

Athiests Talk–Todd Allen Gates

Okay, we’re trying this one again tomorrow. Third time’s the charm? It has been said that an atheist is a person who disbelieves in one more god than everyone else does. Our guest this Sunday, Todd Allen Gates, explored that idea in his book, Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer. The author’s description from Amazon: Dialogue …

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Jan 22 2009

ScienceOnline’09–The Pre-Show

It was about fifteen below (Fahrenheit) when we got on the plane. They warned us that we’d want our coats on the jetway. They were right. We giggled a little bit at the “cold weather” warnings that everyone in NC was posting. This was Thursday, as we traveled to ScienceOnline’09, and we meant me, my …

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