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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 23 2010

Tomes 2010: Harry Potter Mania Edition

Don’t ask me why, but for some reason, I decided to re-read Deathly Hallows.  I think it’s because my coworkers were babbling about the film.  Then I decided, fuck it, I’ll read ‘em all. I’ve got a story to tell you ’bout that, actually.  Not the most recent trot through the lexicon, but how I …

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Dec 22 2010

The World Is Weird

Check out what I came across whilst pulling images off of Google for the valley I’m working on: Blood Falls So at first, I was like, “Is that some sort of dye experiment gone horribly awry?”  But no.  It turns out to be something quite different and altogether natural, no matter how unnatural it looks: …

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Dec 21 2010

Totality!

Long-time readers may recall that in my deep past, I wanted to be an astronomer.  I’ve still got an abiding fondness for such things, but I don’t get to feed my inner amateur astronomer much up here. So when Twitter started buzzing with word of a total lunar eclipse for the night of December 20-21, …

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Dec 21 2010

Dana’s Dojo: Curses! I’m a Foil Again!

Today in the Dojo: Manipulating foils and mirrors to contrast and enhance. I made the mistake once of asking Nikki for some column topics, expecting something rather easy that I could breeze through in an afternoon.  I should know better.  First she hits me with Subplots, then we get into Foils and Mirrors.  I latched …

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Dec 20 2010

The Allure of the Orcas Chert and How to Keep Undergarments Fresh in the Field

I can always count on Dan McShane to provide me some local yum, and he had me drooling over the Orcas Chert the other day.  I’ll let him ‘splain and filch one of his pictures: The Orcas Chert is part of a suite of rocks belonging to the Northwest Cascades System (NWCS). The NWCS is not …

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Dec 19 2010

Ding, Dong, DADT Is Dead!

Finally! I am petty much dying of shock, because somehow, six Senate Republicans managed to do something right for a change.  Drugs?  Blackmail?  Vestigial human decency?  Who knows?  All I know is, 57 Dems, 6 Republicans, and 2 Independents pulled together and DADT IS DEAD! Huzzah! You may ask, why not 58 Dems?  Well, that’s …

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Dec 19 2010

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: E.B. White

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.         -E.B. White Alas, I don’t know quite where this quote came from.  I just know that I love it, because I …

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Dec 18 2010

Hey! I Practice Alt Med, Too!

Kimball Atwood’s been kicking the arses of all those who like to babble that because alt med’s popular, even the most implausible, most wootastic woo should be studied.  We’re talking folks who think that homeopathy should be studied, despite the fact the basic science isn’t behind it at all – you’d have to overturn pretty …

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Dec 17 2010

Putting the “Awe” Back in Awesome

Apologies to whomever posted this on Twitter, because it was last week and I cannot for the life of me remember who.  One day, I’ll remember to jot these things down.  But it’s definitely too good not to share for lack of being able to credit. Every science blogger needs to read “Rehabilitating Awesome” by …

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Dec 16 2010

Twelve Months of Verdad (2010)

Oh, dear.  End-o’-year memes.  Silver Fox has got one, and tagged each and every one of us, so here we go: The rules for this meme are simple, as explained by DrugMonkey: Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year. Without further ado, then, I …

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