Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 19 2011

Santorum’s wife’s abortion was different, you see.

Senator Rick Santorum, not to be confused with the neologism coined by Dan Savage meaning “a frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter sometimes the byproduct of anal sex”, is publicly very much against abortions, especially “partial birth abortions” where the baby is terminated any time after three or four weeks and has to be …

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Jun 18 2011

May 28th: Black hole lunchtime

Scientists have determined that the headline-making gamma ray burst that the Swift telescope observed back on March 28th in a distant galaxy was, in fact, a black hole shredding a passing star. Some scientists initially thought the bright flash was a gamma-ray burst from a star collapsing, but flaring from such an event typically lasts …

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Jun 18 2011

The cost of anti-vaccination

60 Minutes’ Australian show had this piece recently on the actual costs of the anti-vaccination movement. I truly hope Andrew Wakefield feels terrible about what he’s done by inciting scared parents to do the exact opposite of what’s in the best interests of their children. And I am appalled that a person like Viera Scheibner …

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Jun 17 2011

Psychic fails to predict her utter failure

This isn’t surprising, but it is an excellent example of what not to do if you’re trying to win fame and fortune as a psychic. It should hopefully serve as an object lesson for why one needs to consider the simpler solution when someone claims special knowledge, but honestly, I don’t expect it will change …

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Jun 12 2011

Roasted marshmallows


I was due to take a three day business trip last Wednesday, so I had queued up a few posts to cover my absence in case I couldn’t find time in the hotel room to dig through the news and find interesting stuff to post. So, I probably seemed kind of callous, posting things on …

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Jun 10 2011

Peter Popoff: still a ripoff

That damnable scam artist. Good work, CFI Toronto, for this coverage. Shame he’s more buoyant than a rubber duck.

Jun 09 2011

The Sun God is hopping mad

Holy crap, that’s awesome. Behold the power of a gigantic ball of plasma chewing away at its available fuel. No wonder ancient civilizations worshipped the sun — you couldn’t hunt or perform industry without its presence, it provides (almost) all life on Earth with the necessary energy to fuel it either directly or indirectly, and …

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Jun 08 2011

Scientists: “Yes, kitten was being hugged”

D’awww. “This kitten is in the state of sleep some people call “the sleep of the body,” because the body is totally relaxed except for these tips of things twitching, while the brain is active and dreaming,” he says. “The opposite is “sleep of the mind,” when the brainwaves go very big and slow, almost …

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Jun 08 2011

A few podcasts from this weekend on skepticism and atheism

Meant to get these up on Monday, but I was hoping for a chance to listen to them first. Unfortunately, I’m now on a road trip to PEI for work, in the car with some coworkers, and am probably expected to interact with them rather than holing myself up in my iPhone’s ear buds. So, …

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Jun 07 2011

ASCII Portal

This is pretty damn cool. Doesn’t work presently on Ubuntu 11.04 x64, the C++ libraries it’s compiled against a different version than is available in repositories. It’s open-sourced thoughso I imagine it’s well possible to get it compiled against the version available given enough time. Shame I don’t have enough time at the moment. You …

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