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Monthly Archive: May 2009

May 19 2009

Meet Ida the adapid, your ancestor

Here it is — a pristinely preserved fossil of the most recent common ancestor of all primates. This lovely, 47 million year old specimen, Darwinius masillae, has been nicknamed Ida, and is presently being touted as “the missing link” on just about every bloody news outlet out there, whilst simultaneously throwing creationists into a tizzy. …

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May 18 2009

Quick life update

In order to keep from missing a day in my promised at-least-a-post-a-day month of May, here’s a quick update on how my weekend has gone. Visited Sara’s mother’s yesterday, for lasagna, with a full house of folks partaking. I walked away with a Wii game borrowed from Sam, Sara’s sister — Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. …

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May 17 2009

What, ‘miracle’ isn’t explicit enough?

My favorite master debater and yours, eponymously known on this blog as Bob (“Me” in some earlier threads’ comments — I call him Bob because of his chosen fake e-mail, [email protected]), sent along this picture that sums up his position on religion. This would make a great antidote to some of the more galling bumper …

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May 17 2009

Sony Pictures CEO admits to gross ignorance

Via Slashdot: Michael Lynton is a guy who “doesn’t see anything good having come from the internet, period“, because of the piracy that has apparently eaten into his profit margins. I contend that what has eaten into your profit margins is the fact that casual movie-watchers are now better equipped thanks to new technology to …

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May 17 2009

Today’s lesson: men and women ARE different

Since we’re talking a bit about gender norms and sexist behaviour lately, here’s a fascinating study Jodi pointed out to me yesterday regarding what people perceive as sexist. Jodi has reservations with some of the questions asked, feeling as though if there’s not a preexisting stereotype regarding the behaviour in the question, it’s not really …

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May 16 2009

Open letter to Oprah re: Jenny

As a follow-up to my recent Oprah post, here’s an open letter to Oprah asking her to reconsider giving Jenny McCarthy a voice on her own show. The money quote: Surely you must realize that McCarthy is neither a medical professional nor a scientist. And yet she acts as a spokesperson for the anti-vaccination movement, …

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May 16 2009

Nice muscle?!

Oh, you crazy Japanese. Here’s easily the weirdest video game I’ve ever seen, and I own Katamari Damacy. And they say the Wii’s just for kids!

May 16 2009

Everything sounds better auto-tuned

Rachel Maddow hosted the Auto-Tune The News folks’ video as a special web-only extra, probably because she’s featured in the Ron Paul segment. Now that’s kick-starting a viral video! Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Well okay. I don’t think my singing voice could be saved, but Katie Couric …

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May 16 2009

Open-Source Software Shout-Out

(OSSSO?) Here’s two great bits of code that’ll never get attribution from my workplace, as they’re being used on internal-facing projects, so I wanted to give them shout-outs here where someone might actually notice. First is a pure DHTML-and-Javascript date picking applet, simple but efficient and well-documented for any beginner Javascript programmers, which I’ll be …

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May 15 2009

One true time I hold to, MySQL will always go on

I just quoted Celine Dion. Oh my. On behalf of all of Canada, I apologize for her existence. The prognosis is much less grim than it once might have been for MySQL, in the wake of Sun being bought out by rival database company Oracle. Monty Widenius, who is to MySQL what Linus Torvalds is …

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