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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30 2012

Teach the Controversy

Image Credit: Grand Unified Theory

And if you do, I’m bloody well going back to high school. It would be awesome. Raison d’etre for this post here.

Apr 30 2012

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Little Red-headed Bird

Mystery Bird I

You lot have ruined me. We went to Brown Point Lighthouse over the weekend. And what did I do most of the time? Spent it chasing birds. Also, cursing birds. I rather wish birds were rocks. Then they’d sit still. But then, you ornithology buffs probably wouldn’t have so much fun identifying them. And I …

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Apr 30 2012

Let’s Get Meta

Metamorphic, that is. In case you missed it, the final installment in our three basic rock groups is up at Rosetta Stones. And later, thee shall have an Unidentified Flying Dinosaur that is meta-cool. Meta in the sense of beyond.

Apr 29 2012

Sunday Song: Love Changes Everything

All right, I admit it: I’m a sucker for a good love story and a show tune. If that destroys my metal cred, so be it. So here’s a love story I’ve been following for a few weeks. It’s made me laugh and cry and glow. It’s made me determined to ensure that my transgender …

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Apr 28 2012

This Actually Is a Review of Victor Stenger’s New Book

Right. So. I promised a review of Victor Stenger’s God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion. Here it is. I kid. Although Mano Singham’s review is actually very good and straight-up and I recommend it. I’ll be playing the funny to his straight, as it were. Also, I’ll be focusing …

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Apr 27 2012

Mystery Flora: Gnarled and Resplendent

Mystery Trees I

There are two trees in Heritage Park, gnomic, somewhat fey. They give the impression of incredible age, although I’m sure they’re not so very old. There’s just something about thick, twisted trunks and dense flowers that make one think of ancient forests in Faerie. Or at least one does if they’ve read the entire fairy …

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Apr 26 2012

A Book for Believers

Thank you for the excellent responses to my post sounding out the idea of a book for believers. With such a great many excellent suggestions, I got fired up and ready to go. I made a little list of points, and then figured I’d best see what’s out there already, so I fired up the …

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Apr 25 2012

This Isn’t A Review of Victor Stenger’s New Book

God and the Folly of Faith. Cover Art credit Prometheus Books.

I’d actually like to do that book justice. I’ve read it. I’m still digesting it. I can tell you my foremost thought whilst reading it: “Damnit, Victor, I’m a geologist, not a physicist!” It’s been a long time since I’ve read up on physics. The middle chapters, in which he drills down pretty deeply into …

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Apr 24 2012

Right. Let’s See How Good My Geology-Fu Is

Grooves in rocks leading from the beach out to the sea. Flinders, Victoria. Photo Credit: S. Travers.

I’ve struck up a bit of an online friendship on G+ with someone who made an off-hand comment about one of the geology posts I shared. It was the one about 10 Reasons Geologists Are Weird. When a person reshares your reshare, and their profile photo shows them standing by some particularly yummy geology, wonderful …

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Apr 23 2012

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Surfers

UFD I

Usually, when one sees waterbirds paddling round placidly up here, they’re ducks. There’s nothing much mysterious about ducks except for their genitals. I can’t look at a mallard anymore without thinking about feathery little rapists. Thanks, Ed Yong. Thanks so much. Back in the days when ducks were just a semi-domestic feature of the local …

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