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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 22 2013

Maybe the counterbalancing would ease back pain?

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This is how Sony is advertising some new gaming gadget. Somehow, I don’t think they’re trying to appeal to women gamers. I also don’t think plunking the female form down deep into the Uncanny Valley like that is going to appeal to most well-adjusted males. The other trope on display that I see a fair …

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Feb 22 2013

Friday Cephalopod: Octophotography!

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You’d think with all those arms they’d have at least one free to focus and set the exposure. This is a picture taken by an octopus who stole a divers’ camera. The diver chased it and got the camera back. Otherwise, we’d be waiting for the octopus to get online and upload the pictures to …

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Feb 22 2013

ENCODE gets a public reaming

I rarely laugh out loud when reading science papers, but sometimes one comes along that triggers the response automatically. Although, in this case, it wasn’t so much a belly laugh as an evil chortle, and an occasional grim snicker. Dan Graur and his colleagues have written a rebuttal to the claims of the ENCODE research …

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Feb 22 2013

More boat than fish

How is it, living in the Anthropocene? Sea levels will likely rise a few feet by the year 2100. Current fish wet biomass is about 2 billion tons, so removing them won’t make a dent either. (Marine fish biomass dropped by 80% over the last century, which—taking into consideration the growth rate of the world’s …

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Feb 22 2013

Science proves me right!

I agree with the title of this article: Beards Keep You Young, Healthy & Handsome, Says Science. Furthermore, I find their conclusions totally copacetic. Gentlemen, they’re not just for hipsters and the homeless any more. While both dead sexy and totally awesome, beards are also a boon to your overall health. Researchers discovered that men …

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Feb 21 2013

Hey Bay Areans

With very little notice, I’m going to be in the Berkeley-Oakland area Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 26 & 27. My schedule is somewhat in flux at the moment what with borrowing cars and catching up with close friends and family I haven’t seen in too long, but should there be sufficient interest in a FlashHorde …

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Feb 21 2013

Roberts on Revkin on Keystone

I like reading David Roberts’ stuff on Grist, especially when I disagree with him. Sadly, there’s not a thing I disagree with in this piece rebutting Andrew Revkin on opposition to Keystone. (Perhaps excepting his characterization of Matt Nisbet as a “professional wanker,” which I find overly generous given that I have always found Nisbet …

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Feb 21 2013

Got any children you really hate?

Then you need to have Werner Herzog read them a bedtime story.

Feb 21 2013

Where’s the solidarity?

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Atheists are publicly chastised by Naima Washington. It is a sad fact that people of color, particularly African American nonbelievers, are alienated within the secular community. Among the ‘faith’ communities, even those with the most racist and sexist doctrines, continue to do whatever it takes (and make no apologies) as they aggressively recruit and make …

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Feb 21 2013

For my birthday? You shouldn’t have!

I just learned today about @MoFems and that they’re having a local conference on 9 March (yes, my birthday!): the F-Word Conference: What Role Do You Play in Redefining Gender and Culture?. I should probably look around my own neighborhood more often. Speaking of local events…this weekend, starting today, is the Prairie Gate Literary Festival, …

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