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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 16 2010

Seattle Atheist meetup tonight!

You know you totally want to have dinner with me and a bunch of other heathens. The meetup starts at 7 pm in the Blue Star Cafe at 4512 Stone Way N in Wallingford. I hear there will be games, too!

Dec 16 2010

Is God disappearing from literature?

Google Books has scanned over 15 million books so far, and a team at Harvard University has been crunching the numbers. They’re looking for various trends that can highlight the evolution of language, and their results are fascinating. Ed Yong has a wonderful review that you should check out, with everything from grammar to Nazis …

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Dec 15 2010

Having sex like a scientist

What does that even mean? According to this person asking Dan Savage for sex advice, having sex like a scientist is not so good: He’s a scientist, and he has sex like a scientist. He’s not a good kisser, but worse, he flies through foreplay like its his weekend chore list, and goes straight to …

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Dec 15 2010

I wasn’t expecting this remix

Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University sang an a capella version of the Bed Intruder song at their Christmas show. Wha? It’s pretty good, though my mind is boggled by a Christmas show at a right-wing evangelical school singing a song by an openly gay man about attempted rape. Especially considering the Dean of Law at Liberty …

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Dec 15 2010

WikiLeaks

Discuss? Honestly, I have nothing to add. This whole WikiLeaks/Julian Assange drama exploded when I was holed up in the lab 24/7. A nuclear bomb could have been dropped somewhere and I wouldn’t have noticed. So yeah, I’m trying to catch up on the whole thing, but while I’m doing that, feel free to speak …

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Dec 12 2010

A reminder about my comment policy

It seems like my latest feminism related post has devolved into commenters either 1) telling each other how to properly comment or 2) telling me how I’m a horrible person because I’m not moderating the comments. My posts on feminism devolving into flame wars?! Shocking, I know. So it’s time for a reminder about how …

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Dec 11 2010

I survived my first quarter of grad school!

I plan to celebrate by doing absolutely nothing for a week. Thankfully for you, my version of doing absolutely nothing includes blogging. Then I’ll be flying around visiting family for a bit, including hitting up the Harry Potter theme park with my parents. Kind of overly excited for that. I may post a real summary …

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Dec 09 2010

Feminists' selective science phobia

Evolutionary psychology gets a lot of flack from both inside and outside science. And to be honest, a lot of it is well deserved criticism – too much of evolutionary psychology is arm chair philosophizing and overly optimistic adaptationism, rather than hard data. But I still assert that’s no reason to write off the field …

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Dec 09 2010

You know it's the end of the semester when…

…the only time you’re not in the lab is when you’re at home sleeping. …and you seriously considered just sleeping at work to be more efficient, but didn’t want to smell the next day. …so you leave the lab at 1am after being at work for 17 hours only because you have to catch the …

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Dec 08 2010

What's the nerdiest thing you've done this week?

Me? Worked in the lab writing Python programs until midnight. And since I’ll probably be doing that again tonight (woo research presentation on Friday), you get this filler post. What’s the nerdiest thing you’ve done in the past week? I asked this to my friends over Facebook, and my personal favorite was “Flirt with a …

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