Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 15 2010

Zombie death windpocalypse

So… we survived the apocalypse. Ben and Stephanie avoided a snowpocalypse in Minneapolis in their vacation to the Maritimes, but couldn’t avoid a low pressure system that brought winds up to 100km/h on Monday. It was pretty doomy though. Signs exploded, trees fell, roofs took flight, the dead rose and feasted upon the living… pretty …

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Dec 14 2010

This universe is either eternally cyclical, or one of many

Scientists have been examining data from scans of the cosmic background radiation for a while now, and separate groups of them have over the past few months, alternately, discovered concentric circles pointing toward cyclicality, and found bruises where universes would have jostled against one another, that point toward M-theory. From The Physics arXiv Blog: Last …

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Dec 13 2010

The Largest Black Holes in the Universe

Some fascinating and mind-boggling stuff here. This universe is larger and more violent than you suspect. Not sure I like the narrator’s odd cadence, but the science and graphics are impeccable.

Dec 12 2010

Live blogging 2012: Doomsday

Yes, that’s right, not the original 2012, the cheap knockoff Christian propaganda film. Stephanie Zvan and I are about to subject ourselves to this… oeuvre… and I intend to live-blog it as we go. Completely alcohol-free, at that. Heaven help us. Apparently George W. got here first. The bastard. I swear I didn’t spoil myself …

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Dec 12 2010

Pope: condoms stopping AIDS is good, ignore what I said last year

I’m a bit late on this. I know. Have been trying to blog a bit in advance, catching up on real content I’ve wanted to talk about, while spreading it out on the blog over the two weeks mid-December wherein I can’t really devote my attention appropriately — specifically, the week immediately before, and the …

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Dec 11 2010

Reducing irreducible complexity

This is how the “irreducibly complex” eye, the “irreducibly complex” bombardier beetle, or a mousetrap, are each totally reducible. Each of these intermediary steps has examples in present-day nature. (Except the mousetrap. They don’t reproduce, mutate, or are subject to natural selection.) I loves me some QualiaSoup.

Dec 10 2010

There’s no such thing as “Sex By Surprise”.

As I mentioned in the Wikonspiracy post a few days ago, I recently got into a knock-down drag-out fight on Facebook. I don’t want to expose you to blog drama, but it involved me falling prey to one of my weaknesses — assuming that people who act like they have an ulterior motive for repeatedly …

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Dec 09 2010

Metal Gear Stand-up

I already loved Dara O Briain before this video. You know, for his wonderfully godless comedy. Then… THEN… I found out that he does a bit about Metal Gear Solid. Ask Jodi. Before I got the hang of the controls again, that was exactly how Solid Snake fared under my incompetence. Jump crouch touch. Yes, …

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Dec 08 2010


From an infosec perspective, the US losing over a gig and a half of classified material to a mid-level military goon with a CD-RW labeled “Lady Gaga” is nothing short of a bloody nose. It means several things: the database is unprotected and/or the database was available to people who had no business with it; …

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Dec 07 2010

Recipe for a French onion sandwich. Not soup, sandwich.

Our good friend Dan linked to an absolutely amazing-sounding recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich. Not just any old grilled cheese sandwich — one that attempts to improve on, of all things, French onion soup by turning it into a sandwich that apparently tastes pretty much like every good thing about the original classic. Hope …

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