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Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 29 2012

Botanical Wednesday: It’s Hammer Time!

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It doesn’t look like much, but it’s got a cute trick.

Aug 29 2012

A transcript!

The busy beavers have been hard at work and have provided a complete transcript of that discussion between Jen McCreight, Rebecca Watson, Louis, Brownian, and me on Atheism+. Thanks! Although…never, ever bother to read the comments on youtube. I went to get a link to the video, and found this amazing gem. Uh, yeah. Elevator …

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Aug 29 2012

Fish are not inside-out insects

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It’s a shame I have to say that right from the beginning. I’m beginning to develop a distaste for computer models of biological processes, which is a shame. From Andrulis to Fleury to Pivar, the field is tainted with people who don’t know a lick of biology but are good at inventing algorithms that go …

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Aug 29 2012

iOld School

I’m glad I’m an Apple purist, because all these marvelous iProducts just keep pouring out. (Advance warning: before you PC/Unix/Whatever fanatics start expressing your outrage in the comments, watch the video. OK?)

Aug 29 2012

Hitchens’ last eloquent gasp

I just ordered Hitchens’ Mortality; it’ll be out next week. I’m very much looking forward to it in a grim sort of way. You can read the last chapter right now, and incoherent and scattered as those terminal jottings are, it’s still marvelously well-written. My favorite quote so far? If I convert it’s because it’s …

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Aug 29 2012

Secular Humanists are not and should not be religious

It is so revealing that James Croft is offended that some atheists have the impression that secular humanism is a religious idea. In the ongoing discussions around Atheism+ and its relationship with Humanism one issue crops up again and again: the perception that Humanists – at least some Humanists – have an attitude toward religion …

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Aug 29 2012

I’m in good company

Guess who else didn’t watch the RNC? Paul Krugman! He summarizes the whole Republican campaign in 5 points, which actually reduce to one: it’s all built on lies.

Aug 29 2012

Whoa, that’s a long list

Michael Nugent does it again: he has compiled a list of 1,000 Women Speakers Worth Listening To. There goes every conference organizer’s excuse that they couldn’t think of any.

Aug 29 2012

Zero surprises

Another child-raping pedophile has been arrested: Caleb Hesse. He’s been busily raping little boys for 30 years. He’s nobody famous, and his history is totally unsurprising. An anti-gay activist and donor to California’s Proposition 8, 52-year-old Hesse was a teacher at the Morongo Unified School District who was recently teaching first grade at the Friendly …

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Aug 29 2012

I didn’t watch the Republican National Convention

Sorry. I just can’t bear it. My wife wanted to make the effort, and I grumbled and delayed and finally handed over control of the remote (I had a lecture to write anyway), but I was amused to see she turned it on during Santorum’s speech and only lasted about five minutes…she decided the weather …

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