Category Archive: Current Events

May 25 2012

Geek Pride, Towel Day and Glorious 25th of May!

Pulling yet another overnight for work tonight, but I have every intention of taking my towel with me. Today marks three distinct geek holidays all wrapped into one! Kylie has a post with an infographic up to explain Towel Day, a day to celebrate the life and works of Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker’s Guide to …

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Mar 16 2012

Invisible Children #Kony2012 filmmaker detained for masturbating in public

No idea whether he was on something or had a nervous breakdown or what, but apparently this is, um, a bit out of character for Jason Russell. The San Diego police department has taken him to a medical facility after he apparently went something close to crazy in public. Specifically, via NBC: Jason Russell, 33, …

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Mar 12 2012

Pastor Manning: Breitbart was murdered by Obama

Via Joe My God, enjoy some crazy babbling about conspiracy theories and legally-actionable slander about Barack Obama. Something something Muslim, something something blah blah liberals are dumb, yadda yadda CIA, blah blah evidence that bin Laden isn’t dead blah Wikileaks blah, therefore Breitbart was murdered. LOLWUT

Dec 03 2011

Fukushima: it gets even worse

As though it wasn’t bad enough already. The NY Times reports that the meltdown may have already escaped containment and begun boring through the concrete floor, according to a computer simulation of the original accident. Soon after an earthquake and a tsunami on March 11 knocked out cooling systems at the power plant, nuclear fuel …

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Oct 31 2011

Oozing Pumpkin Puke

Happy Hallowe’en! Stephanie had a great idea in posting a science demo of an exploding pumpkin, so I figure I should take a cue and post something appropriately Halloweenie. Bleaurgh!!!

Oct 29 2011

Security theatre exposed.

You know all that screening, profiling and backscatter nudie x-rays you have to go through to get from point A to point B via plane, all “for your safety”? It’s a sham. It’s security theatre. It’s not to make you safer, it’s to make you think you’re safer. Know how I know? A loaded and …

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Oct 26 2011

Police in Oakland disperse crowd using a flashbang while they try to rescue Iraq vet

Way to go, you jackbooted thugs, you fascist assholes. I hope you feel really big now. These people were trying to rescue the 24 year old two-tour Iraq War veteran you just shot in the face with a tear gas canister — fracturing his damned skull, by the way — and you have the gall …

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Oct 15 2011

Unpacking the Astrology Vs Computers lawsuit

No, no, this is the GOOD kind of astrolabe.

The title to this post is grossly reductionist, but it amused me. Regardless, I’m not planning on taking on astrology yet again, just the particular astrologers who are engaged in what I view to be a money-grab along the same lines as the now defunct SCO Group.* A company called Astrolabe was founded in 1979, …

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Oct 07 2011

Ada Lovelace Day: who’s your favorite woman STEM researcher?

While I’ve been so caught up in work and trying desperately to manage blog dramatics today, I very nearly missed writing this post. Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day when you pick a woman who has inspired great change in this world in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and post …

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Sep 28 2011

Exorcism: what’s the harm?

Oh, no harm, no harm at all. A 13-year-old girl suffocated after she was strapped down and doused with water by her father and a monk who were trying to expel an “evil spirit”, according to Japanese police and media reports. [...] “They allegedly strapped the victim to a chair with belts and doused her …

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