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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 26 2011

Support the Secular Student Alliance

It’s this easy: 1. Like the SSA Facebook page. You do not need to be a student to do this, you need only support our cause. 2. Upvote the reddit article to push back against all the Christian down votes. 3. Become a member of the SSA ($35/year, $10/year for students) and/or donate to the …

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Oct 26 2011

Donors Choose: Swag!

Right. We did one hell of a job on the Donors Choose Science Bloggers for Students challenge, my darlings. We held on to an easy third place behind PZ “1 Million Hits a Month Easy” Myers and Phil “I’m a Teevee Star!” Plait. That calls for some kind of award! Oh, hey, I promised you …

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Oct 26 2011

Geological Photo Touring: Bringing Landscapes Alive

This is absolutely glorious. Set aside ten minutes and savor it: Ellen Morris Bishop is one of my favorite geology writers in the entire universe. Her In Search of Ancient Oregon is a confection of geology, paleontology, and superb photography. I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much while my eyes have been presented so …

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Oct 25 2011

Doctor Who + Geology = WIN!

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Not even waiting for Los Links to feature this one. My dear friend Ryan Brown, who blogs at Glacial Till, has a fantastic post up, if you love geology, Doctor Who, or both, you must go read it: Geology 101: Deep Time, or Geologists as Time Lords. To inspire you on your way, I shall now …

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Oct 25 2011

Dana’s Dojo: Advice to the Beginning Author

Today in the Dojo: Some hard-won lessons from 30 years of the writing life. So, kick-ass blogging buddy JT Eberhard is beginning a story. I started reading it expecting the worst, then got sucked in, then decided I will murtilate him if he doesn’t continue. But beginning is hard, and continuing even harder. And I …

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Oct 24 2011

But Real Names Solve Everything!

Some of the developers at Google apparently have a very limited experience with online life. The geniuses who designed Hangouts created no way to boot disruptive people out, perhaps thinking that since everybody’s supposed to use their real names, they’ll all behave like perfect angels. But they don’t. People with apparent “real names” have started …

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Oct 24 2011

Los Links 10/21

I’m afraid there’s rather a lot. Dear Aunty Flow was here last week, so all I was good for was sitting very still for several days, reading blog posts between waves of pain. Then people kept posting more awesome shit, and wouldn’t stop, and by the end of the week, my list of unread links …

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Oct 24 2011

Prepare For… All Hallows Read [insert scary ghost noises here]

Neil Gaiman’s trying to own Halloween. I intend to help him. This is a tradition I’d very much like to see become as much a part of Halloween as the costumes and candy and strangely-carved pumpkins. The premise is simplicity itself: That’s it: just give someone a scary book. Last year, I gave my intrepid …

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Oct 23 2011

Why SF Is Important

Last Sunday, I posted my own thoughts on the importance of speculative fiction. Okay, yes, it was a rant. I do that sometimes, when things get up my nose. We’re going to follow up here today with a fantastic post that inspired me to post that one. It’s called In Defense of Geekery: Why Society …

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Oct 22 2011

Donors Choose: Be My Final Donor…

…And get a short story written personally for you. You’ve got until midnight Eastern time. Get to it!

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