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Monthly Archive: December 2007

Dec 31 2007

Stealth Creationists

If you look really closely, as I have resolved,At Boards of Education,You’ll see hidden creationists; some have evolvedA protective coloration. Some wear their belief upon their sleevesAnd some choose not to wear it–But sometimes you’ll see what one believesBy the phrases that they parrot: “I think it’s fair to teach both sides”“Evolution is ‘just a …

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Dec 29 2007

No vaccine for arrogance…

Orac reports on the latest pinhead celebrity to jump onto the anti-vax bandwagon. Yup, it’s that walking, talking hairpiece, The Donald. The anti-vax pinheads are a group I find particularly annoying. My aunt had polio. My grandparents’ generation saw the Salk vaccine for the wonder that it is, and saw polio for the danger it …

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Dec 24 2007

An atheist Christmas

We’ll all open presents, and cook a big dinner,And share in traditions we learned long agoBut Christmas is different for this humble sinner,No “birth of the saviour”, just people we know. It has nothing to do with a babe in a mangerOr kings being led by a star up above,But rather in family, friend, and …

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Dec 23 2007

The giraffe song (not the unicorn song)

Over on “Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)“, there is an unfair contest going on. Unfair, because (apparently) GrrlScientist likes graphics. “Please show us in a picture because as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words”, she says. Hmph. I have only 345 words for her: A long time ago, if you check …

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Dec 18 2007

The Meme of Eights…

CAE tagged me! You cannot be a cuttlefishAnd hide in pixels, or in ink,While still appeasing those who wishTo ask about the stuff you think.And so I turn to camouflageTo hide a little—or a lot.I write a verse that’s part mirage—Some of it’s true, but some is not. 8 Passions I’ve a passion for food, …

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Dec 17 2007

A long-running bet…

A pair of hucksters had a bet, a long, long time agoEach swore that he could prove himself the lowest of the low;Each knew who was the world’s top swindler: “Naturally, I am!”And so the competition: who could pull the greatest scam? The first said “I shall tell each father, mother, son and daughter,That I …

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Dec 15 2007

It was Cephalopodmas…

It was Cephalopodmas, and all through the blogsNot a writer was stirring—all sleeping like logs.Each blogosphere-dweller, from Orac to PZWas all bundled up and just taking it easy.Their prone, sleeping forms, that might well have been graniteSlept through the most wonderful tale on the planet!For all ‘cross the globe, from the oceans and seas,All the …

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Dec 09 2007

CuttleContest!

Of all the creatures in the worldDeserving to be knit (and purled)I think it’s clear, we all would wishA cute and cuttly cuddlefish. A comment-writer, “Impolite”Has, very clearly, got it rightSo now, the screen of my computerShows a pic that can’t be cuter It’s beautiful, this much is clear,So huggable, so very dear, So soft …

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Dec 09 2007

An experiment…

So, when I wrote about knitting, I got lots of visits from “ravelry.com”, which appears to be an online community of knitters and crocheters. This group easily doubled the number of visits I was getting (but they did not tend to leave comments!) So the experiment–knitters like poems about knitting… do car people like poems …

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Dec 04 2007

Teratoma–or, Knit me a sister.

Shelley serves as my muse again today… The brain was not her first post about anatomically accurate knitting; there was a previous post on a cute and cuddly teratoma. Ok, so she calls it “complicated and grotesque”, but tomayto tomahto. But the knit teratoma is indeed cute and cuddly, if you ask me. So I …

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