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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 22 2011

Donors Choose: Only Four Hours Left!

Okay, people, it’s crunch time: only four hours left in the Donors Choose challenge, only four hours left to get your donations matched. Thank you to all who’ve already donated! For those who haven’t, there’s still time – get thee to my giving page and make science happen! Let’s finish strong and show these people …

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Oct 22 2011

Donor’s Choose: Mere Hours

Thanks to several generous donors, one amazingly so, we’ve funded Mr. Minkler’s field trip to Great Basin National Park. I expected that one to take us to the 11th hour, but I should have known you lot wouldn’t leave it so long. You’re beyond awesome, you are! I had to scramble to find another project …

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Oct 22 2011

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: Bhagavad Gita

I am become death, the shatterer of worlds.                   -Bhagavad Gita This is another translation of the quote that crossed Robert J. Oppenheimer’s mind when he saw the first atomic bomb explode at Trinity site. I like it better than his translation: one word change, a slightly different impact: destroyer, while apt, …

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Oct 21 2011

It’s Only the End of the World. Again.

Callan Bentley reminds us it’s the end of the world today. He gets to spend it playing in the field. I’ll be talking to people with broken cell phones. I’d offer to trade, but I wouldn’t wish my job on people I actually like. Anybody got any good post-apocalypse parties planned? Starting a pool on …

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Oct 21 2011

Donors Choose: Bring the Hammer Down!

Our status as of 12:30am PDT

I’m not a natively competitive person, and I don’t foresee any actual losers in the Science  Bloggers For Students 2011 challenges, considering that everyone’s involved in an excellent cause. The kids will see nothing but win. But some of us humans need a good friendly rivalry to motivate us. In which case, this is a …

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Oct 21 2011

“I Can Feel The Boulders Rolling”

I have to admit that my first thought in the few seconds of this video was, “What the fuck are you doing, you fool? Get away from the wash!” Then I discovered the person filming the video is a USGS hydrologic technician, and I was like, “Oh, right. Carry on, then.” This is definitely one …

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Oct 20 2011

Donors Choose: Matching Donations and a Thank You Video

Just a quick word before this beautiful thank you from Ms. Davis: you’ve got a chance to earn some extra donation cash from the Donors Choose Board of Directors, if you donate between midnight EST October 20th and the end of the challenge at one minute to midnight October 22nd. Yeah, that’s in addition to …

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Oct 20 2011

Skepticism 101: What’s the Harm? Plus, Resources

Skepticism 101 panel

So what’s the harm? What’s the harm, if people believe silly stuff? I have an answer to that: What’s the Harm. Go there, and you’ll see what the harm is. Even the most harmless woo can be quite harmful.

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Oct 19 2011

Donors Choose: Who Rocks? You Rock!

So, this morning, I get this note from Ms. C: “Dear Dana, Thank you for including my project in your blog; I can’t believe how fast I am getting funded. I love bringing science into the library. I love collecting rocks in Utah, but my metamorphic section is very weak. I am so close to …

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Oct 19 2011

Skepticism 101: How May Skepticism Be of Service? Plus Pictures!

GeekGirlCon026

Pictures or it didn’t happen, right? At last we have photographic evidence of the awesomeness that was the Skepticism 101 panel at GeekGirlCon, courtesy of the woman who brought Nerf guns to work and, in general, ensures I do not stab myself in the heart with my pen at work. A round of applause for …

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