Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 30 2011

Why biologists shouldn’t be poets

Three Ninjas: what is it that proteins do?Three Ninjas: they react w/ enzymes or something?Three Ninjas: and proteins need to folded in a very specific way to interact with the right enzyme?Three Ninjas: or…am i all mixed up?Me: enzymes are proteinsThree Ninjas: ohMe: Proteins do…everythingThree Ninjas: but if two people are an amazingly good fit …

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Jun 29 2011

Goddamnit, Ohio

Yep, my rage isn’t directed at Indiana for once. The Ohio House of Representatives approved three anti-abortion bills yesterday. The most controversial piece of legislation, known as the “heartbeat” bill, would prohibit the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Another ban targets late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and the third bill would …

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Jun 28 2011

Help a godless nerdy Seattleite!

You may remember my friend Jason, better known as his musical persona Three Ninjas. I’ve linked to his music before, since he frequently does nerd-core rap with skeptical, godless themes. That’s in addition to electronica and…hell if I know what to call it, I’m not a music person. But it’s badass. How badass is it? …

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Jun 27 2011

How big are the health benefits of circumcision?

When Dan had me on as a guest of the Savage Lovecast, one of the questions I fielded was on circumcision. I knew that circumcision had been shown to reduce HIV infection rates in at least one study, but I also knew the reduction wasn’t that huge. And frankly, that’s all I knew about the …

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Jun 26 2011

The godless periodic table of elements

Ungodly News has concocted a cute custom period table featuring prominent atheists. Visit their site for the large version.Somehow I got in there (godless element Bh, down in the lanthanides). And obviously PZ is at the top of his column, because we all know he has a more difficult time bonding with others. Or something. …

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Jun 24 2011

I’m seeing Tim Minchin tonight!

He’s playing a 10 minute walk from my house. And I have tickets. Woooooo. I have nothing to add because I just wanted to rub it in, so here’s a (NSFW?) Tim Minchin song for you: Oh, and Dan Savage interviewed Tim, and it’s wonderful. How could it not be?

Jun 23 2011

Context matters

Rebecca Watson recently made a video about a situation that made her feel very uncomfortable at an atheist conference. tl;dr: At 4am after a night of drinking with conference attendees, Rebecca said she was going to bed. A man followed her to the elevator, and once in the elevator, invited her to his room. This …

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Jun 22 2011

Picking on myself

I couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was checking out UW’s mental health clinic, mainly because I wanted to facepalm at the Traditional Chinese Medicine/acupuncturist screener. I wanted to explain why I was going, for two main reasons: I don’t want people to worry about me, especially since it’s not that bad. I …

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Jun 21 2011

“Wealthy, Handsome, Strong, Packing Endless Hard-Ons”

Greta Christina has a fabulous post over at AlterNet on “The Impossible Ideals Men Are Expected to Meet.” It’s a must-read. Not just because everything Greta writes is a must-read, but because it illustrates how sexism also hurts men. Which I’ve said a billion times before, but apparently not as eloquently since people still think …

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Jun 20 2011

Miss USA contestants on evolution

Beauty pageants, along with Hooters restaurants, are on my list of Things I Wish Would Drop Off The Face of the Planet. They desperately attempt to market themselves as something more than a superficial patriarchython by including a talent portion (“Look, I can play the piano mediocrely!) and an interview on a hot button issue. …

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