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Monthly Archive: January 2009

Jan 13 2009

A Bigger Gamble Than Ever

Oh, this is not good. State-sponsored gambling, which faced long odds in past legislative sessions, might not be viewed so negatively this time around as legislators look everywhere for a few dollars to help solve the state’s massive budget problems. A cross section of state legislators are expected to introduce a wide spectrum of gaming …

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Jan 12 2009

Science and Fiction–Recommended Reads

This is my last summary of responses to the questions Peggy and I posed in November. Today’s question was posed to both science bloggers and science fiction writers. Are there any specific science or science fiction blogs you would recommend to interested readers or writers? The short answer is “yes.” Here’s the long answer: Science …

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Jan 11 2009

Technical Difficulties

Usually, when a radio show fails to go on the air due to technical difficulties, those difficulties happen in the studio–sometimes on the phone line. This morning, they happened on the freeway. Anyone looking for the podcast of today’s interview with Todd Allen Gates is going to have to wait, probably two weeks, although we’re …

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Jan 10 2009

Atheists Talk–Todd Allen Gates

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 with a Christian Proselytizer is a Socratic dialogue between a skeptic …

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Jan 09 2009

Science and Fiction–Writers Respond #3

Here we continue on in our look at the relationship between science and science fiction (see my posts here and here and Peggy’s here and here). Today’s question for science fiction writers: How important is it to you that the science be right? What kind of resources do you use for accuracy? As always, the …

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Jan 08 2009

The Gravity of the Situation

In my 2008 roundup, I mentioned that I had some plans for my blog for the new year. One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is post some of my short fiction. For various reasons (including that it is a bunch of tedious no-fun), I’m terrible about submitting my stories for publication. However, …

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Jan 08 2009

Delicious Madness

March will be great music month. Among other things, Madness will be releasing their new album, The Liberty of Norton Folgate. “Madness?” ask those of you in the U.S. “Didn’t they do that throwaway, ubiquitous pop song way back, ‘Our House’?” Well, yeah. That too. But even at that point, as odd a set of …

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Jan 07 2009

Science and Fiction–Writers Respond #2

Continuing from Monday’s post, I’m summarizing the responses of science fiction writers to the questions Peggy Kolm and I asked about the relationship between science and science fiction to help us prepare for our session at ScienceOnline09. Peggy has started with the scientists’ answers. Links to all the responses are listed on the wiki page …

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Jan 06 2009

Looking Like a N00b

It’s always a little strange when I’m out in the blogosphere and run into someone who really ought to know better but persists in acting like the n00biest of n00bs. You know, someone with their own blog. Someone who runs around under their own (full, easily Googled) name, making bold assertions about contentious subjects. Someone …

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Jan 06 2009

What Peggy Said

I’m going to miss David Tennant as Doctor Who. Really, really miss him. I could go into great detail as to why, but y’all don’t really need that information. Suffice it to say that I have a thing for enthusiastic tall guys who always look like they’re thinking. And Scottish accents. And– Anyway. Peggy at …

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