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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 30 2012

Pareidolia Play Along 6: Creation Myth

Creation Myth © Ellen Bulger

This is a post by guest blogger Ellen Bulger. In Pareidolia 5.0, I’m ramping it up a notch. The game has changed: YOU are a fast-talking wannabe shaman in a not-as-distant-as-we’d-like future that is straight out of a Paolo Bacigalupi novel. That is to say, the petrofuels are gone, the climate has degraded and civilization …

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Sep 30 2012

The Hyde Amendment: 36 Years of Abortion Restriction

The Hyde amendment was passed on September 30th, 1976. The amendment bars certain federal funds, primarily  Medicaid, from being used to pay for abortions. It is a mean, vile, arguably unconstitutional  provision that disproportionately affects low-income women and families. Every year it’s tacked on to an appropriations bill, and so 36 years after Hyde’s initial …

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Sep 29 2012

Pareidolia 5: The Reveal

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This is a post by guest blogger Ellen Bulger In this installment, Ellen reveals the answer to Pareidolia 5: Your Results May Vary. Pareidolia 5 Reveal: There’s a Light at the End of the Tunnel! Most of you literal folks could tell it was food, something of a flat and grain-flour based and fried nature. …

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Sep 27 2012

Creation Evidence Expo Report

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This is a post by guest blogger Louise Kellar about her visit last weekend to the Creation Evidence Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Louise says feel free to share this story and the photos far and wide, but attribution is appreciated. She can be reached at @Spa_yediMonster on Twitter or by email at [email protected] It turns …

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Sep 26 2012

Gravity Is Just a Theory

You Know, Gravity is Only a Theory Too © Ellen Bulger

This is a post by guest blogger Ellen Bulger. If I hear “Evolution is only a theory!” one more time, my head might very well explode. What in hell goes on in the schools? Maybe, instead of the dumbed-down GEE-WHIZ-WATER-IS-WET science that is designed to break the hearts of the kids who really care and …

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Sep 26 2012

Road Trip to UM Duluth for Loren Cameron

I’m leaving work  a little early this afternoon to road trip up to Duluth. Loren Cameron, a photographer and transgender activist, is doing a talk at the University of Minnesota-Duluth called “Transgender Images”. There is a lot of fugly, slimey reporting about Cameron’s presentation (google “University of Minnesota Duluth Loren Cameron”) because it will have …

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Sep 25 2012

Pareidolia Play Along 5 – Your Results May Vary

Pareidolia 5 © Ellen Bulger

Okay, you can guess what this is and I will certainly tell what it actually is. But gee whiz, the theists can look at at ketchup stain on a t-shirt and see the face of Zeus himself, or whatever their frenzied suggestible brains desire. Can’t we be as creative? C’mon stare HARD at this sucker. …

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Sep 25 2012

6 O’Clock BS: Zen Lab Work

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I love doing protein concentration determinations. There’s something calming about calculating dilutions, pipetting precise volumes, being able to trust the objective evidence of the OD280 readings. … Oh, the lies I tell myself when the work day runs long. Yay! Moar dilutions, moar reps! Blarg. I mean…Oooooohm.

Sep 25 2012

Pareidolia Play Along 4: The Reveal

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This is a post by guest blogger Ellen Bulger. In this installment, Ellen reveals the answer to last week’s Pareidolia Play Along. Hey, careful, man, there’s a beverage here! I simply love this early morning light. Last week’s Pareidolia Play-Along was indeed a beverage. It was not booze. It was not whisky or rum or anything of that sort. …

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Sep 24 2012

6 O’Clock BS: Damn You Minnesoooota

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Oh, thyat Minnahsooohta accent. Image is an xy graph entitled “Why My Old Friends From Illinois and My Family Laugh At Me When We Hang Out”. X-axis title is “Time I Live in Minnesota (Years)”. Y-axis title is “Time It Takes Me To Say Words Containing a Long “O” (seconds). Trendline indicates a proportional relationship …

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