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Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 30 2011

Social Science and Stuff

Omigosh, I’m so excited to be going tonight to Party with the Pharaohs, the Science Museum of Minnesota’s first Social Science event for adults. I set up a page on Eventbrite to organize all of my fabulous science-minded friends for this evening, and some of y’all even accepted! I’m giddy. It’s going to be a blast, what with …

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Mar 29 2011

Reusing Condoms in Rural Kenya

Once again my First World Problems are brought into perspective. The word is out that condoms protect against sexually-transmitted HIV. Unfortunately, the condoms aren’t out there. Demand is far outweighing supply in Kenya, as reported by PlusNewsGlobal. Local TV channels recently showed images of men in Isiolo, in rural northern Kenya, washing condoms and hanging …

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Mar 29 2011

MarsCon 2011: Costumes and Creatures

This is part two of my MarsCon 2011 post. I wrote about the talks I attended at this science, scifi and fantasy convention in an earlier post. One of my favorite reasons to attend scifi/fantasy conventions is the costumes. People are so creative and go to a lot of effort and expense to dress up …

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Mar 28 2011

Logical Fallacies in Advertising

You know when you hear a bad argument and you think “that doesn’t make any sense!”? Logical fallacies are one way to categorize and define these poor arguments. Poor arguments happen. By knowing and understanding fallacies, it’s easier to spot poor arguments when they are used by others and by ourselves. They help us to examine our own …

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Mar 26 2011

Fun with Focusing

I love the focusing freedom that the DSLR lenses give me! The first photo is using autofocus. I shot this next photo manually in order to override the camera’s focus on the foreground. I would have liked to have the cat be a little less blurry, but I’m not sure how I could have maintained …

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Mar 25 2011

MarsCon 2011: The Talks

At the beginning of March I went to MarsCon 2011, a convention for people who like science, science-fiction, fantasy, anime and other nerdy hobbies.  This year’s theme was Days of Magic. This was my first MarsCon, but I’ve been to CONvergence and other nerdy weekend events. MarsCon was significantly smaller than CONvergence; the main stage was about the …

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Mar 24 2011

CUP #11 Winner

This was the photo shown in yesterday’s blog post: And this week’s winner is once again a NEW player. Welcome and congratulations to LAURIE, who was the first to guess “Is it part of the handset of a telephone?” Yes, Laurie. Yes it is. In addition to winning 100 points, Laurie gets an additional 10 points …

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Mar 23 2011

Party with the Pharaohs – and Biodork!

The Science Museum of Minnesota is hosting an event called Party with the Pharaohs next Wednesday evening, and it sounds INCREDIBLY fun and nerdy. They’re going to have food samplings from Crave, the Golden Fig, and TeaSource, a DJ, film screenings, adult pictionary, presentations from local science groups, Science Live theater, and live insects, reptiles and …

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Mar 23 2011

CUP Contest #11

Ack! Sorry I’m late – work meeting ran long and I didn’t set up auto-publish. Aaaaand GO! Identify the item in this photo and you’ll receive undying admiration from the Biodork CUP Contest participants. All guesses submitted via the comments or by Facebook will be accepted.  The first person to guess correctly wins 100 internet points. …

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Mar 23 2011

Poopy Nuclear Reactors

I saw this on Street Anatomy. I was really excited to watch it because…yeah – how do you explain the science of the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan to children? My initial reaction - it’s FREAKING WEIRD and HILARIOUS. But it’s also not too bad of an explanation. Little kids don’t know much about nuclear reactors, …

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