Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 30 2011

#DearJohn Boehner: how do you reconcile these statements with your actions?

I am a Canadian, so politically unsophisticated and unwise in the ways of the world. Tell me, dear readers. How does one reconcile this: His promises on behalf of the new House majority — reducing the size of government, creating jobs and fundamentally altering the way the Congress conducts its business — are mostly as …

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Jan 28 2011

Why some myths died out, explained by Robot Chicken

Remember, the Bible did mention unicorns a bunch of times. Even said “God’s as strong as a unicorn” once. Oh, but apologists have a way to explain it away, which Jack Scanlan covered over at Homologous Legs. All you have to do is completely redefine what the word “unicorn” means. And ignore that there’s still …

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Jan 27 2011

Doing your part for the ladies of the science blogosphere.

Funny thing happened to me when I was in mom’s womb. I grew a penis. Yeah. I know. Hell of a gift in the grand scheme of things because by virtue of my swinging pipe, it turns out I get a whole lot more say in this world than I’m due. By virtue of some …

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Jan 25 2011

Morality, semantics, and presuppositional apologetics

Remember the big apologetics war Peter and I waged, where he fired the first salvo in the wrong direction, and called me Justin to boot? George is still waging it, though Peter’s end of the argument has gotten stale rather quickly — and not just because he’s been sitting on George’s reply for over a …

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Jan 23 2011


I can’t believe I missed these lulz as they were happening. Well, I can, as I was way too busy having an absolute blast hanging out with some of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met over the past week and a half, between Science Online and the drastically insufficient time Jodi and I spent …

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Jan 22 2011

Symphony of Science: The Big Beginning

While I still have not seen a Symphony of Science that tops Glorious Dawn, and I strongly doubt that one is forthcoming, this is still well worth a listen. Just finished Hawking/Mlodinow’s The Grand Design, and I’m fully intending on writing up a review and layman’s discussion of M-Theory, once I’m back home and have …

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Jan 21 2011

Gamera’s insides are friends to children too!

Sorry, more filler for today. Not likely to blog properly at least until Monday night, where I have only so much time to squeeze in on the remainder of my vacation for sitting and writing something of any substance. Hope to write some anecdotes from Science Online as soon as possible, but I don’t want …

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Jan 20 2011

Jokes 4 Jesus: puppet bigotry

This is what passes for funny? Sigh. Even Carlos Mencia manages to make borderline bigotry moderately amusing from time to time. Top-rated Youtube comment: “Jeff Dunham had a rough start.” Thanks for nothing, Everything Is Terrible.

Jan 19 2011

Tales from #scio11: Noisy Python

Nicole Gugliucci, the Noisy Astronomer (who blogs at Discovery Blogs and noisyastronomer.com, and tweets at @NoisyAstronomer), is all kinds of awesome. During a conversation where Pharyngula came up, she made reference to the Monty Python image PZ uses to refer to creationists. And she did it not using words, but by actually making the motion. …

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Jan 18 2011

You’ve got to be carefully taught

The post from yesterday with the Rodgers and Hammerstein song was, surprisingly, not taken down due to infringement on the copyright owners for the musical South Pacific, nor of the performers of the song that was used in any way. Instead, it was taken down by Channel 1 Images, who claimed copyright on a specific …

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