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Monthly Archive: July 2010

Jul 31 2010

Some bullshit to be angry about

A woman was included in a Girls Gone Wild video where someone pulled her top down against her will. She sued, unsuccessfully, as a jury of her peers decided she’d implied consent to being on camera topless by virtue of having danced in front of the camera. No release forms were signed, but evidently none …

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Jul 30 2010

The ethics of the animal rights movement

DuWayne Brayton’s in the process of moving his blog to a self-hosted WordPress-based install, which is wonderful considering it gives him the option to host others should he choose. And in fact, he apparently wants to do exactly that — to develop his own cadre of science-based bloggers hosted off his platform. If I wasn’t …

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Jul 29 2010

On the gender inequality of “safe”

Our Lady of Perpetual Win, patron saint of internet awesomeness, has written a post on a topic I bet is near to the heart of most male geeks, discussing inequality in how relationships are defined before both parties actually get to weigh in on their intentions. This is the phenomenon in which a (generally young) …

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Jul 29 2010

Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions trailer

This has a hell of a lot of potential. There’s a number of alt-universe, yet canonical, versions of Spider-man in the comics, and I’ve always wondered how the existence of these alternate Spideys would translate into a proper video game. In most of the Spidey video games, the closest we’ve seen to these guys are …

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Jul 28 2010

Why “your mom” jokes don’t really work on me

I’ve been putting off writing about this incident for a long time, not the least reason being that it’s — even now, over ten years after the fact — a giant, raw wound on my psyche. While it’s healed enough to allow me to go on living day-to-day without being reduced to a gibbering mess …

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Jul 27 2010

Is the field of economics a pseudoscience?

I have exactly zero dogs in this fight, and no time to do any real research and form a proper opinion in the matter, but in the recent astrology thread, James Carey posted the following and I think it does merit some discussion, especially divested from the rest of the comments. Having my e-mail box …

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Jul 26 2010

What Would Yahweh Do?

Non-Stamp Collector consistently cracks me up. Considering how often Yahweh has done something expressly un-Jesus-like, the idea of the God of All Creation wearing a WWJD bracelet and repeatedly failing to consider the point of the bracelet, is hilarious.

Jul 25 2010

Canadian band Rush goes steam-powered

MusicRadar reports that Canadian rock band Rush is going steampunk for their Time Machine tour. According to Hughes & Kettner, Alex Lifeson’s TriAmp and Coreblade amps have been incorporated into the awesome custom cabinets you can see in the accompanying pictures, which the German amp gurus describe as “simply the biggest and best looking Hughes …

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Jul 24 2010

Jodi and I Owe Bora

Sadly, I don’t owe Bora Zivkovic (whom I have fondly referred to as William Tockman in the past, if you’ll pardon the geek reference) nearly as much as some of his compatriots in the scientific blogosphere. But he helped with Jodi’s geeky proposal trail that started over at Stephanie’s, and for that I owe him …

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Jul 24 2010

A new poll: what kind of nonsense do you debunk?

At the ever-lovely and ever-intelligent Stephanie Zvan‘s suggestion, I’ve updated my poll, as there’s no chance that anyone’s going to be able to change our minds about our wedding march now that Jodi and I are well and truly hitched. I got to thinking, in the fallout from our recent astrology incursion, what kind of …

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