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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 26 2012

Dublin!

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Tonight’s my last night in Dublin. I’m getting ready to fly to Paris tomorrow (woooo!) but I wanted to give a brief update before I disappeared into vacation again. We stayed near the grand canal, which was a cute area: Overall one of my favorite things about Dublin was the architecture: The other thing I …

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Jun 19 2012

Sources claim Purdue’s next President is Mitch Daniels

As a liberal Purdue alumna, this is terrible news: Purdue University officials plan to vote on a candidate for the school’s next president this week – and WISH-TV has learned Gov. Mitch Daniels is the candidate in question. The Purdue Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in Steward Center’s Loeb Playhouse to …

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Jun 18 2012

I’ll be speaking in Dublin this Thursday!

I know I have some Irish readers who were wondering if I’d be doing a meetup while I’m in Dublin, and I have good news! The event will be a double-header: I’ll be giving my talk “God’s Lady Problem” on the intersection of atheism and feminism, and David Horgan, writer of http://www.jesustheremake.com, will talk about the portrayel …

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Jun 18 2012

We’ve lost an atheist blogger…to Catholicism

Leah Libresco, atheist blogger behind Unequally Yoked, has just announced that she’s converting to Catholicism. …Um…what the fuck? I love Leah, and I’ll continue to be friends with her and have fun discussing Harry Potter genetics over dinner. But being friends with someone doesn’t mean you stop telling them when they’re wrong, so: Leah, you’re …

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Jun 17 2012

Blogathon 2012 is complete!

A fourth year has gone by without me passing out or overdosing on caffeine, huzzah! I was oddly less delirious this year – grad school must have trained me for this level of sleep deprivation. The current level of donations for SSAweek is around $90,000, which is freaking amazing. Thanks so much to everyone who …

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Jun 17 2012

Random things I have learned from this year’s blogathon

Don’t go to parades and expect cell phone service to still work People born in the 80s are most likely to take part in naked bike rides, judging from the theme of the costumes Going outside now that the 9 months of Seattle winter gloom have passed = instant sunburn Calling a fancy Italian extra-thin …

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Jun 17 2012

Deepak Chopra wisdom generator

This site is brilliant: “It has been said by some that the thoughts and tweets of Deepak Chopra are indistinguishable from a set of profound sounding words put together in a random order, particularly the tweets tagged with “#cosmisconciousness”. This site aims to test that claim! Each “quote” is generated from a list of words that can …

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Jun 17 2012

Catholic Bishops reduce their issues to “PR problems”

How clueless can you get? Very, if you’re a Catholic Bishop: There’s no doubt that America’s Roman Catholic bishops have had their share of what might quaintly be called bad press. The priest sex-abuse scandal, a Vaticancrackdown on nuns, a head-knocking fight with the president of the United States over contraceptive coverage — none of these …

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Jun 17 2012

The tale of Taq

One donor requested that I talk a little bit about polymerase chain reaction, or PCR. PCR is now a super common laboratory technique for people doing any sort of molecular biology. It’s a way of amplifying a specific section of DNA so it’s present in millions of copies. This is really important if you want …

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Jun 17 2012

Dessert break!

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If I had a kryptonite, it would be Molly Moon’s ice cream: This particular pint is a seasonal batch called Sasquatch. Theo chocolate ice cream with chunks of dark chocolate and caramel coated granola. Holy fuckballs is it good. They aren’t serving it anymore but you can still buy pints. I may or may not …

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