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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 20 2011

The nightmare that is Disqus export, and import into WordPress

Sorry for the relative quiet the past few days. I have taken it upon myself to try to help Jen McCreight port all her Disqus comments back into a format WordPress can work with, so that she can complete her migration and be one of our happy neighbors. The problem is relatively convoluted, though. First, …

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Sep 19 2011

Linux Pirattitude!

Today be Interrrrnational Talk like a Pirate Day. Yaaarrrrr! As be th’ norm fer this blog, I must post a little nonsense t’ mark th’ occasion. If ye’re usin’ Linux, th’ easiest way t’ convert a chunk o’ text into somethin’ respectable be t’ use th’ pirate filter. On Ubuntu (and prrrrrobably other Debian-based distrrrros), …

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Sep 18 2011

To prove my blogging chops

Have been told today that I’m a good blogger by both Stephanie Zvan and Greta Christina. In defiance, I will now post Youtube videos of turtles. Yes, the second one’s a tortoise. That’s the kind of attention to detail I’m talkin’ about! Also, two anonymous shout-outs. To the girl working the drive-through at the Dairy …

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Sep 17 2011

Which is a better political bludgeon: HPV vaccines, or cancer?

Via Greg Laden elsewhere on FtB: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Michelle Bachmann has fired the footgun in a big way while attempting to take aim at Rick Perry in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, by claiming that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation. Knowing full …

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Sep 17 2011

Astrology’s “obstetrician strawman” is no strawman

So, one among the dozens of ridiculous claims made by Ed Kohout in this thread was that the claim famously posited by Carl Sagan in Demon Haunted World, that the obstetrician in the room imparts more gravitational force on a newborn baby than does Pluto, is a strawman. Edit: To clarify, he referred to gravitational …

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Sep 16 2011

The packaging and selling of doubt about scientific knowledge

DOUBT from The Climate Reality Project on Vimeo. Once the folks peddling the products we discovered to be dangerous realized they didn’t need to actually DISPROVE the science, but to rather generate UNFOUNDED DOUBT about it, that’s when we started losing ground in defending reality against vested interests.

Sep 16 2011

Pardon the pingback spam.

To mitigate the effects of all the pingbacks I’m generating as I go through my archives and update image links to the new host, I’ve implemented a widget on the sidebar to show the last 20 comments. The REAL comments were scrolling off the tabbed Recent Comments widget too quickly with all the pingbacks I …

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Sep 15 2011

What is an ad hominem? What isn’t?

It seems as though, in pretty much every argument I’ve ever had, at some point or another someone mistakes what an “ad hominem attack” or the “ad hominem fallacy” really is. It’s a pretty easy way to score rhetorical points, shouting about your opponents using ad hominems when really they’re just insulting you, usually in …

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Sep 14 2011

Christian bookstore boycotts Action Comics because Superman said “gd”

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Not “God Damn”. Not even “GD”, an abbreviation of “God Damn.” Supes got hit by a tank and made an onomatopoeic “gd” noise on this page from Grant Morrison’s Action Comics reboot. Action Comics, you’ll remember, is the catch-all DC series where Superman, a character created by a Canadian Jew and a Chicagoan Jew, was …

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Sep 14 2011

The right to choose your end?

I’m still in the middle of something very much akin to a work hangover, having worked seven days in a row, the last five being twelve-plus-hours. Yesterday was to be a day off, but I ended up having to go in to deal with a server room cooling crisis. And today I have some corporate …

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