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Monthly Archive: April 2009

Apr 30 2009

I don’t believe in Imaginary Property (IP)

Canada’s been placed on the US’ copyright blacklist due to our ongoing resistance to implement new DMCA-alike laws to appease the RIAA / MPAA. The Obama administration is apparently upset that Harper keeps promising to enact new laws to protect an outmoded and archaic business model, yet not delivering. Join the club on that one …

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Apr 30 2009

Can you wrap your brain around either of these?

Submitted for your approval. I’d credit the image, but I saved it a while ago and can’t recall where I saw it originally — I think it was a comment on Pharyngula. And this video I found during a discussion I had with our favorite misanthrope, Bob, a few weeks ago. Yes, he’s still alive, …

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Apr 30 2009

Spam about the swine flu? How apropos!

As usual, don’t take investment, safety or medical advice from e-mail forwards. Here’s a blog post at the Great Orange Satan dissecting the origin of a new chain mail about the swine flu. – There are 10-25 times more actual cases (not “possible” cases — actual), than what is being reported in the media. The …

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Apr 30 2009

Was asked to post a memo. Here you are.

Apr 30 2009

Paging Dr. Reznor

Dr. Reznor to Outpatients please.

Apr 29 2009

Gorgeous picture of The Needle Galaxy

Astronomy Photo of the Day: NGC4565 edge-on. Apparently the galaxy is quite similar to our own, and oriented such that we see its edge rather than the spiral itself. This picture is absolutely huge though. If you’ve got dial-up, or using a cell phone for internet access, or TCP/ITP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Telepathy …

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Apr 29 2009

How long do I have to speak freely?

Boy oh boy, I just can’t wait til it’s illegal to blaspheme here in Canada! Between the UN attempting to pass a measure pushed by Islamic countries to “combat blasphemy”, Ireland including blasphemy in a defamation law, and a seemingly dead Canadian law just waiting to be resurrected (perhaps three days from now?), it’s only …

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Apr 29 2009

It’s a girl!

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs ReformedYankee on their baby girl, Rebecca Lynn, born a scant 50 minutes ago (6:45pm AST). Pics as soon as I get Yankee drunk enough that I can steal his camera without him noticing. Thankfully it’s a girl, or they’d just end up having to try for a fourth sprog.

Apr 29 2009

Todd W rules you

Especially if you’re an antivax idiot. This is easily the most comprehensive anti-anti-vaccination post ever, so you should go read it in case someone you know and love decides to hedge their children’s safety on the esteemed scientific opinions of Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey. Hat tip to Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer.

Apr 29 2009

First proof that autism is genetic

Researchers find first common autism gene. I have a (wholly unscientific) suspicion that autism is the result of a whole bunch of genes that are expressed in a certain relatively rare configuration in relation to one another, manifesting in the whole spectrum of ‘autistic’ behaviours including a number that weren’t always classified as such, like …

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