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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 28 2013

The blog commenting universe

BoraZ has done another of his magisterial overviews of the blogosphere, this time focusing on the state of blog commenting. It’s an interesting picture that I mostly agree with, but some of it not — partly because he’s making a general survey, and Pharyngula is a weird beast. This bit I’d like to tattoo on …

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Jan 28 2013

What I’m also going to teach today: a little image processing

My development class also has a lab. The last few weeks have all been teaching them how to get good optics on a research scope, and how to take photomicrographs with my PixeLink camera system. Today I’m going to show them how to appropriately process an image for publication, so they’ll learn a few digital …

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Jan 28 2013

Do you take a credit card?

I would like to buy your product. Ignore the disclaimer, you can use it everywhere.

Jan 28 2013

What I taught today: gene regulation and signaling

My students are also blogging here: My undergrad encounters Developmental Biology Miles’ Devo Blog Tavis Grorud’s Blog for Developmental Biology Thang’s Blog Heidi’s blog for Developmental Biology Chelsae blog Stacy’s Strange World of Developmental Biology Thoughts of Developmental Biology Biology~ Today was more context and a bit of a caution for my developmental biology course. …

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Jan 28 2013

More TV tonight!

Maybe for you, maybe not for me. PBS is supposed to show the documentary The Revisionaries tonight, a show about the Texas Board of Education and it’s horrendous abuse of the educational system, but looking at my local television schedule, I can’t see it. We’re in a conservative rural area with a rather chickenshit public …

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Jan 28 2013

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: It’s a bir…oh, HEY!

photobomb

I sympathize. There you are, a homely brown speckled bird, and someone finally bothers to take a picture of you, and what happens? Some showoff steals the whole show.

Jan 27 2013

#giantsquid time!

I’ve fired up the television and am tuned to the Discovery Channel. What is this godawful crap about rednecks and moonshine leading in to the documentary on the giant squid? It does not bode well. Ooh, they’re teasing us with short clips right at the very beginning. Good start. Less “monster” talk would be welcome, …

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Jan 27 2013

But I thought he was going to argue with me!

The other day Paul Fidalgo asked permission to quote something I said on our super-secret backchannel (there is no backchannel, no, we do not talk to each other on FtB; it’s all a lie, pretend no one said anything about it), and I got the distinct impression that he was going to pick a fight …

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Jan 27 2013

Giant squid backgrounder

I have so been played by the Discovery Channel: it’s pure pandering for commercial advantage, but I can’t help myself, and yeah, I’ll be watching the giant squid documentary that they’ve been plugging tonight. While we’re all waiting, you can read this background piece on how the documentary was funded made. There really is some …

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Jan 27 2013

Can you see through this ploy, Arizona?

A group of Republican legislators have proposed a new anti-science bill in Arizona. It doesn’t come right out and say that it’s anti-science, of course: they know better than that. They claim instead that the purpose of the bill is to promote “critical thinking skills,” which we certainly all endorse. But they give the game …

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