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Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 14 2011

Speaking Of Naked…

Via “Wait, wait, don’t tell me” and their news quiz (June 13th’s in particular, but I can’t seem to link to just that), I find TIME’s article on naked hiking in Germany, and on Switzerland’s Supreme Court challenge of their no-nude-hiking laws. I remember those laws; I wrote about them at the time (amusing pic …

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Jun 14 2011

Dance Naked At My Funeral

Dance naked at my funeral! BecauseYou can; because you are alive to dance!Dance naked—never mind the laws—The cops might care; you’ll have to take that chance! Dance beside the fresh-turned earth—my grave—With nothing on but bright blue sky, or cloudsIf the sky is mourning my loss. Misbehave!Dance naked! You have no need of shrouds! Dance, …

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Jun 13 2011

Beat(less) Poem

image: Texas Heart Institute There’s a little pump that’s sortaAttached to my aortaIt plays a major partBut I knew I needed somepin’For my blood to keep on pumpin’Like an artificial heart I knew it was worth tryin’Cos otherwise I’m dyin’I needed to restartThough my blood races quickerThere’s no ticking in my tickerIt’s an artificial heart …

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Jun 12 2011

Four Wheels Good–Two Wheels Bad!

When on a bike, I take great painsTo stay inside the cycle lanesThere may be unexpected stopsBut still, it beats the traffic cops. Actually, the cycle lanes in and around Cuttletown are getting better, but they have been thin, poorly marked, and ignored by drivers. As cycle lanes often are. So when I saw the …

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Jun 11 2011

Clover The Turtle

Clover the turtle, with no back legs,Can’t dig a hole to lay her eggsBut when she arrives on the Florida sandsBiologists lend some helping handsShe lays her eggs, they’re covered over,Then slowly, off again goes Clover. Via CNN, a story of Clover the leatherback turtle. Her hind flippers have been bitten off by sharks, but …

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Jun 09 2011

“Two Crustaceans On The Moon…”

A guest post of sorts today! Reader Azita shares a song she wrote, and which I absolutely love. There is something special about the cross-pollination between art and science; Azita is a biology student, and so this song takes a unique perspective. It is “Lobster Love”, and I’ve attached the lyrics below–but watch and listen …

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Jun 08 2011

Just Because

So I was looking through the comments at USA Today’s “Faith & Reason” blog–you know how much I love reading comments. In particular, this one brought out a predictable sort because a religion blog was criticizing the tone of a science blogger. Commenters claimed there was no solid proof for evolution, and that no scientists …

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Jun 07 2011

The Much-Revered Sarah Palin

Listen my children, and then discussThe stupidity found in the Palin busAt the end of May, and beginning of June, A visit we can’t forget too soonThat the media types force-fed to us. She said to supporters gathered thereIn folksy phrases, full of charm,“You patriots are all awareThat Paul Revere, he gave that alarmBy ringin’ …

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Jun 07 2011

I’m Just A Tweet

Boy: Woof! There sure are a lot of people talking about this new scandal! I wonder what started it all! Oh, I’m just a tweetA congressional tweetJust a photo that he’d like to deleteWell, if he’d stopped for a momentOr considered just a minuteAnd thought “what would happenIf the whole world saw what’s in it?”Now …

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Jun 06 2011

Weiners In Public

The members of the mediaWere moved, it seems, to tears;They hadn’t seen such honestyIn far too many yearsThe congressman spoke openlyAnd did not try to hide;He did not say “mistakes were made”But rather, said “I lied”He’d hurt his wife and family;He’d hurt some friends he’d met(Though they’d never met in person, Merely on the internet)His …

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