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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 30 2012

Epic SkepTech

On 5-6 April, there will be a free conference in Minneapolis — SkepTech. I’ll be there (ho-hum, you say, so what?), but you should take a look at the speaker list. It’s going to be awesome! I just discovered that Zach Weinersmith will be there, which is awesome all by itself. Although if he does …

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Dec 30 2012

Don’t Tell Women What to Wear, Tell Men not to Rape

There have been some horrific stories coming out of India — a place where rape and molestation are considered perfectly normal acts by many men. The latest terrible event was a young woman, raped with a metal rod that shredded her internal organs and resulted in her death, all for the ‘crime’ of being out …

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Dec 29 2012

My beard isn’t turning gray, that’s just the ice

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Well, actually, it is getting rather gray. But I was just out on my daily walk on this very cold Minnesota day, and in addition the the usual coating of rime that accumulates on my face, I took off one of my gloves for just a minute to snap this picture. Really, it was just …

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Dec 28 2012

Piero Corsi continues that fine Catholic tradition…

…the tradition of recognizing the Satanic nature of women’s existence. He apparently authored a little tract that he posted as a Christmas message. "How often do we see girls and mature women going around scantily dressed and in provocative clothes?" Piero Corsi said in a Christmas message posted on the door of his church in …

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Dec 28 2012

The power of math!

You know when I started really getting into science? It’s when a high school chemistry teacher chucked a big chunk of the curriculum and taught us practical math instead: how to use the power of estimation to get ballpark estimates of various phenomena. It really woke me up to the power of simple arithmetic and …

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Dec 28 2012

Friday Cephalopod: Home

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I am actually staying home for several weeks, and it feels so good and relaxing. So this is kind of a self-portrait, I think. (via)

Dec 28 2012

Spleen venting, or the inadequacy of twitter

For the last few days, my twitter account has been getting spammed by some twit named @lettlander; he seems to be one of those Christians who is infatuated with the First Cause argument. Here’s a small sampling: @f0xhole @pzmyers @Pipenta something appearing out of nothing isn’t just scientifically impossible – it’s logically self-refuting. @f0xhole @pzmyers …

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Dec 27 2012

[Lounge #391]

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This is the lounge. You can discuss anything you want, but you will do it kindly. Turtle, because I’m still reeling at the idea that people run over them on purpose. Status: Heavily Moderated; Previous thread

Dec 27 2012

File this under “People Are Jerks”

You know, many species of turtles are in trouble; they’re just slowly dying off. So one Clemson student, Nathan Weaver, did a very simple experiment: he watched what happens when a turtle crosses the road. Weaver put a realistic rubber turtle in the middle of a lane on a busy road near campus. Then he …

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Dec 27 2012

In defense of the commentariat

There’s a bit of an argument going on at Ed’s blog, and as usual, one of the things coming up is the familiar complaint about the viciousness of the Pharyngula comments section. I’ve heard this many times before. I tend to bristle at the idea of judging a blog by its comment section. As Jamie …

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