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Monthly Archive: November 2009

Nov 28 2009

Tim Tebow: Football and Christian Privilege

One consequence of my being home for the holidays is watching a lot of football with my dad. I’m currently watching Florida destroy Florida State, but the conversation at the McCreight house isn’t focused on football – it’s on Tim Tebow. Tebow is the senior quarterback for Florida. He’s well known not only for his …

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Nov 28 2009

Obama’s godless Thanksgiving proclamation

Every year once the President is done with the serious duty of pardoning a turkey, he addresses the country with a Thanksgiving proclamation. However, Obama’s speech was a tad bit different than those in the past – he left out references to God. Well, not completely. His single reference to God was tucked inside of …

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Nov 27 2009

DarwinTunes: Hands-on evolution of music

Being on nerdy professional ecology listservs has its perks: I get to find out about fun projects like DarwinTunes: The organic world – animals, plants, viruses – is the product of Darwinian evolution by natural selection. Natural selection expresses the idea that organisms (more accurately their genes) vary and that variability has consequences. Some variants …

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Nov 27 2009

I think I’ve finally found something to start collecting

Because of Thanksgiving yesterday, I got to see my brother Chris and my sister-in-law Erin. I don’t get to see them too often since they live in New York, but they’re pretty awesome and I’m always excited to see them. To put it in perspective for you, they’re my only family members who know about …

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Nov 26 2009

I am thankful that by chance of birth…

I am thankful that by chance of birth I have running water, proper sewage systems, electricity, and enough food that I’m going to feel sick after eating it all, and then still have left overs for a week. I am thankful that by chance of birth I have two parents that wanted me, love me, …

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Nov 25 2009

Some delicious evolutionary facts for Thanksgiving

There’s a cool post over at the Axis of Evo highlighting some fun, Thanksgiving-themed evolution facts. Here’s one of my favorites (had to pick the one that talked about sex, of course): 2. That turkey on the table, unless you got one of those expensive, frou frou free range ones, will probably be a Double …

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Nov 24 2009

Best postcard ever

One of my good friends is currently studying abroad in Italy (sooooo jealous), and I received pretty much the best postcard ever from her today: “Jen and Vanessa,Please know that when I first saw these classy postcards in Florence, I had a short list of “Who would most appreciate gratuitous peener?” and you came in …

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Nov 24 2009

Purdue senior tries to return parking ticket, gets arrested for terroristic mischief

What happens when you need to pay off a parking ticket and return a wheel lock, but Parking Services isn’t open yet? Maybe you can just leave it in a box outside of their door – seems simple enough, right? Nope, obviously everyone needs to freak out, because a box automatically equals a bomb. According …

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Nov 23 2009

Was Kirk Cameron at Purdue for the Origin project?

My friend just alerted me to this article over at DailyTech that claims Kirk Cameron was physically at Purdue University on Thursday handing out Ray Comfort’s creationism-sullied Origin. My initial reaction was something along the lines of “Wait. What? WHAT? AAHHHH! HOW DID WE MISS HIM?! ARRGHHABBABBLL!” Then I actually took the time to slowly …

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Nov 21 2009

Theists completely miss the point of BHA’s new campaign

You may have heard of the new billboard campaign by the British Humanist Association against state funded faith schools. It takes a page from Richard Dawkins argument that small children are not yet intellectually or emotionally mature enough to make their own decisions about religion, and should not be labeled with the religion of their …

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