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Monthly Archive: April 2008

Apr 30 2008

A Guest Post

Commenter Anfractuous, who has previously shown incredible skill with limericks, provided the following as a comment to my previous post. It is so good, I thought I’d put it here on the front page (since not everyone reads the comments–go figure). Dear Cuttles, Of course you’re not moral; that comes from above!Morality’s only for those …

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Apr 29 2008

Can An Atheist Be Moral?

I don’t usually have quarrels Over where we get our moralsAh, but every now and then somebody steps beyond the pale.Once they know that I’m ungodlyThey start looking at me oddlyAnd If I could walk on water, It would be to no avail. When Katrina brought the flood,I gave money, time, and blood;When a local …

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Apr 28 2008

More Than Skin Deep…

The New York TImes has a story of the stereoscopic atlas of the human body. With a slide show of some of the images (sadly, not in 3-D). And I am terribly sorry, but the link to the text article is not working for me right now–it is worth the visit, though, on the Science …

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Apr 26 2008

Dinosaurs, Flagella, Jews, and Haeckel (No, Really!)

How wonderful! Somebody actually noticed my little blog, and thought it worthy of commenting, with links and everything, to a whole lot of wishful thinking! For those of you who don’t read comments, just look at the sort of things you might miss! (You might want to fasten your seatbelts–there are some sharp turns ahead.) …

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Apr 25 2008

Friday Limericks–Spring!

Oh! I had forgotten all about the Friday Limericks! Woke up, saw actual sunshine, realized I had porch repairs, lawnmower repairs, trash to haul, trees to plant, a garden to plan, a dog to walk, papers to grade…. it must be Spring. So what other topic could there be? The sun’s showing off all its …

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Apr 23 2008

A Lizard Is A Lizard Is A Lizard

A lizard will remain a lizardEven if it grows a gizzard. Even if it grows some fur,A lizard’s what it always were; A lizard will be of that ilkDespite evolving glands for milk; A lizard with an upright stance–Could that be different? Not a chance! A lizard standing on two legs,Who bears live young instead …

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Apr 22 2008

An Earth Day Verse

By chance of birthWe’re here on Earth,More lucky than we knowWith such a brain As can explainThe way these things must go That life beganNot with a manNamed Adam, and his EveBut molecules In tidal poolsThat replicate and cleave To replicateIt is their fateAnd thus to reproduceThe Earth revolvesAnd life evolvesAnd all this, we deduce …

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Apr 21 2008

How Chromosome Numbers Change

If you want the real answer, PZ explains it here. Mine is just an example. Two HaikusI once wrote a pairOf Haikus, related, butWilling to fuse–please Don’t ask me how oneLimerick now replacesThe Haikus in twos *****A Limerick I once wrote a pair of HaikusRelated, but willing to fusePlease don’t ask me howOne limerick nowReplaces …

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Apr 21 2008

I just love XKCD!

I want to make peace with my laptop computer;I think that its feelings were hurt.It read what I wrote–at least, that’s what I figure;Since then, it’s been rather more curt.It’s dialogue boxes are monosyllabic,I swear it’s beginning to pout.Now I’m thinking that, maybe, it’s bored in that box,So I’m working on letting it out. I …

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Apr 20 2008

I Read The News Today (Oh, Sandra…)

The newspaper said that America’s SweetheartWas hit, but not injured, today.When her auto was hit by a Subaru Forester—Still, Sandra Bullock’s ok.The driver, arrested for driving while drunk,Was sitting, in cuffs, in the car,While onlookers photograph Sandra and JesseAs soon as they see who they are.The headlines are shouting all over the globe(Because that is …

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