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Monthly Archive: October 2008

Oct 21 2008

Beats Thinking For Yourself…

Sorry, Perky–if the last video made you happy, this one will probably make you sad. I got out of bed this morning, and asked Jesus what to wearThen I asked if I should brush my teeth, and how to fix my hairI asked my Lord and Savior if he’d rather ask of meTo have sugar …

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Oct 21 2008

A Reminder…

Research on social-cognitive heuristics tells us that we are overly influenced by vivid examples, even if they are examples of rare phenomena (thus we are more likely to be afraid of flying than of driving, despite the safety records, because airplane crashes make national news while more common car crashes may not even make the …

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Oct 20 2008

The Digital Pack-Rat, volume 4

A comment about a website urging readers to pray for John McCain… cos we know that makes a difference. We pray for peace, we pray for rainAnd now we pray for John McCainWe pray with everything we’ve gotAnd once again… it won’t do squat. ****** On a very very cool fossil find from a Cambrian …

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Oct 18 2008

Time Machine

Inspired by PZ and XKCD… I really have a time machine–I really truly doA time machine I’d like to share with no one else but you.We’ll travel through the future–no one knows just what we’ll see,If you would just agree to share my time machine with me! My time machine–Our time machine–will move through time …

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Oct 18 2008

God Save Us All…

In a cogent and thoughtful essay bizarre set of free associations and finger pointing, Melanie Phillips looks over from across the sea–you know, where people point at the US at amazement for how we kowtow to the religious right–and helpfully suggests that she has found the root of the problem. I have taken the liberty …

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Oct 17 2008

Friday Limericks–a slight change…

After a bit of thinking about the Friday Limericks topic this week, I came to a realization. One of my versical heroes, the late great Felicia Lamport, used to have a column in the Boston Globe, “The Muse of the Week in Review”, which set the week’s current events to her inimitable style. It seems …

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Oct 16 2008

A few thoughts on the debate

Well, at least I wasn’t bored. When confronted with specifics, like the cries of “he’s a terrorist”And asked if he’ll decry them, so to calm the rabid throng,It is telling that McCain, instead, decried his opposition–He is proud of his supporters, but Obama’s thugs are wrong!I can’t wait to see the Daily Show comparing his …

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Oct 14 2008

Adding Insult To Injury (or, adding abuse to grief)

(Every word of this is true.) A friend of mine, some thirty years ago,The eldest son, a farming family’s pride,Was gone from school, about a month or soBefore we heard the truth—the boy had died. He’d fallen from a tractor in a field,Though whether he was dead first, we don’t know;The coroner’s exam? Too late …

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Oct 13 2008

The 2008 IgNobels are awarded!

My hopes for an IgNobel in literature are dashed by David Sims, of Cass Business School, for his article in Organizational Studies (vol.26, no. 11, 2005, pp.1625-40). That bastard. But the IgNobel prizes are always reason to celebrate. I hope this is merely the first of several verses inspired by this year’s prizes–a bit combining …

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Oct 12 2008

Ignorance Ain’t Bliss For Me

“I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day”–Douglas Adams Think of the things a flagellum would tell ‘emIf only they knew how to open their eyesThe stuff they could see through their glasses surpassesTheir presuppositions, distortions and liesIf all they believe is the bible, they’re liableTo miss a real world …

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