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Monthly Archive: October 2010

Oct 31 2010

One day left to enter my contest!

You know you want to win a copy of the Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. There have already been a lot of fabulous entries, but you still have until 5pm PST tomorrow to submit yours. Go here for the details!

Oct 31 2010

Happy Halloween!

I celebrated with a religious costume last night:What? I didn’t say it was a serious religion. Tonight I’ll probably celebrate by reading more papers for class and getting some coding done. Grad students are pretty scary.

Oct 30 2010

Natural genes no longer able to be patented

From the NY Times: Reversing a longstanding policy, the federal government said on Friday that human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because they are part of nature. The new position could have a huge impact on medicine and on the biotechnology industry. I feel as someone starting their PhD in Genome …

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Oct 29 2010

This is my life

Just replace “comic” with “blog.”Read the whole thing here. (Via Pharyngula)

Oct 29 2010

Anyone doing NaNoWriMo?

Every year as October comes to an end, I get excited for three things: 1. Halloween! It’s my favorite holiday. What’s not to love about dressing up in silly costumes?2. The day after Halloween. Fuck yeah, half priced candy!3. My birthday, wooo! But there’s one thing that I simultaneously look forward to and fear: National …

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Oct 29 2010

Indiana doesn't care about GLBT rights? Shocking

From the South Bend Tribune: The South Bend Common Council voted Monday to defeat a proposal to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The vote was 6-3 with council members Tom LaFountain, David Varner, Derek Dieter, Timothy Rouse, Karen White and Henry Davis Jr. opposed. [...]Explaining his opposition to the proposal, council …

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Oct 28 2010

I'm published! …Wait a second

More evidence that you shouldn’t always trust Google Scholar to deliver the best research papers. I decided to look up my name to see if my paper on genetic bottlenecks was searchable even though it’s in a book. That’s the third link listed. The first and fourth aren’t me, just some other poor J McCreight …

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Oct 28 2010

Mmmm, sexy brains

No, I haven’t turned into a picky zombie. I’m talking about the Skepticon pin-up calendars.To me, nothing is sexier than intelligence… but having a nice body that’s photographed very artistically is a plus too. Skepticon is November 19-21 in Springfield, Missouri, and will feature amazing speakers like PZ Myers, Greta Christina, Amanda Marcotte, James Randi, …

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Oct 27 2010

Want to make some easy cash?

Christine O’Donnell’s campaign is offering $1,000 to anyone who can show that separation of church and state is in the Constitution. Wait, what’s that? They want that exact phrase, even though the concept is well understood through case law? Whoops, how silly of me to think a Teabagger running for office would have a better …

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Oct 26 2010

Troll physics explained

Rage comics are one of my guilty pleasures. Combine them with my love for science, and you can’t go wrong. A physics professor was asked to explain the (lack of) science behind some of the funnier “Troll physics” comics. Here’s one of my favorites: “DM: Jumping off the ground – or even a chair on …

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