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Monthly Archive: April 2007

Apr 27 2007

RickmanWatch: Robin Hood, Prince of Feebs

Here’s what I’ve been hearing about “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” pretty consistently ever since it came out: It’s a terrible, stupid movie. Kevin Costner is unwatchable. But Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham kicks ass, and is worth sitting through the rest of the movie for. (Or is almost worth sitting through the …

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Apr 24 2007

Our No. 1 Crime Fighter: Alberto Gonzales, and What Government Is For

There’s a piece by Tony Mauro over on Law.com: an interview with Daniel Metcalfe, a former senior attorney at the Department of Justice who retired in January, about Alberto Gonzales’s term of office as Attorney General. And it absolutely gives me the chills. (Found it via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.) The gist of it: …

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Apr 24 2007

Professor Brainiacs and Smarty Pants Know-It-Alls: Popular Perceptions of Science and Scientists

The follow-up to yesterday’s post. I’ll admit it: I sometimes get frustrated when I hear people dis science. I feel like people who dis science don’t get how hard scientists work, how careful they are, how passionately they value the truth — even more than they value being right. (And like most people, they value …

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Apr 23 2007

The Slog Through the Swamp: What Science Is, And Why It Works, And Why I Care

I talk about science a lot in this blog. I am passionate about science, especially for someone who’s only studied it as a humanities major and an educated layperson. Scientists are my heroes — most obviously scientists like Galileo or Darwin, who’ve forced people to radically rethink the universe and our place in it, but …

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Apr 22 2007

Fluffy Bunnies (Hilarious Video Week Part 5)

And in the final installment of Hilarious Video week: the running of the bunnies at Pamplona! Courtesy of Cute Overload, of course. (Video below the fold.)

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Apr 21 2007

Tom Lehrer’s “Masochism Tango” (Hilarious Video Week Part 4)

Continuing with this week’s series of Hilarious Videos I Found On Other People’s Blogs, we have the second of the Tom Lehrer gems I found on Dispatches from the Culture Wars — this one an animated video set to “The Masochism Tango.” Very, very silly. Enjoy! (Video below the fold)

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Apr 19 2007

Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements” (Hilarious Video Week Part 3)

And yet another in this week’s series of Hilarious Videos I Found On Other Blogs. Today’s gem is from Dispatches from the Culture Wars. It’s an animation done to the Tom Lehrer song about the periodic table of the elements, and it’s… well, just enjoy. (Video below the fold.)

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Apr 18 2007

A Fat Rant (Hilarious Video Week Part 2)

Continuing with Hilarious Video Week, we have this gem that I ran into on the Other Magazine Blog. This one falls into the “funny social commentary” category. It’s hilarious, it’s smart, it’s sexy — and it’s saying stuff that I think is important. (Video below the fold.)

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Apr 17 2007

Biochemistry with the Celebrity Stars! (Hilarious Video Week Part 1)

The last week has been Hilarious Video Week at some of my favorite blogs. So I’m going to share some of them. This one comes via Pharyngula, and it (a) made me laugh uncontrollably, and (b) got me strangely hot. (Video below the fold.)

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Apr 17 2007

The Virginia Tech Shootings

I don’t have anything to say, except this: My deepest sympathy goes out to the families and friends of the victims. That seems so inadequate. But I hate that people are already starting to spew about whether we should blame video games, or lax immigration laws, or inadequate gun control, or the lack of prayer …

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