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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 28 2013

Those dang comments

Scalzi is discussing comment management. There are…ideas…floating around there; some suck, some are interesting. Here are My Opinions™ on comments. Comments are absolutely essential and are not going away. What do you think I read the site for? Besides, we’ve long had an interesting community here. I’m not going to require real names. Consistent pseudonyms …

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Aug 28 2013

Skepticon wants more money

They need more donations. And they remind me that some of the people participating are providing incentives to coax cash out of your pocket. Dogma Debate is trying to get Aron Ra to dress as a Jedi! Shelly is going to write an amazing song that we choose! Deep Fried Freethinkers is making dinosaur shaped …

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Aug 28 2013

Botanical Wednesday: So that’s cauliflory

Plinia cauliflora

Aug 28 2013

Christ-centered and cross-focused

Sorry about the earlier confusion, but it turns out the interview on Lutheran talk radio this morning was recorded and broadcast in the afternoon. But you can listen to the archive now. They seemed nice. I hope they didn’t pull a Ray Comfort on me; let me know if the recording has me praising Jesus …

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Aug 28 2013

OMG, it’s sinking in

Calendars are abstractions I ignore until I actually slam into the events listed in them. My teaching schedule has back-to-back lectures on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Today with that radio interview, I have been talking non-stop for three hours. And on Wednesdays, I have lab immediately after my last class. This isn’t hump day, it’s splat-face-first-into-a-brick-wall …

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Aug 28 2013

Quote war! We win!

The fool hath said in his heart, there is no god.

A new billboard has gone up in South Dakota in reply to Coalition of Reason’s recent sign. "When I saw the sign I thought of it as a direct attack on my God. I thought that it would be good for people to know that God is alive and that He has something to say," …

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Aug 28 2013

Not surprising, but nice confirmation

Why present this as a mystery solved? I’ve been hearing about this hypothesis for years. Many deep-sea squid actively grab their prey, sporting two muscular tentacles used to drag unsuspecting prey into their mouths. But one squid species that lives down deep—the "wimp" of the proverbial playground—has limp noodles for arms. Scientists have wondered for …

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Aug 28 2013

First day of classes!

Or maybe they'll surprise me & it'll be an interview with Idris Elba

Summer “vacation” (yeah, right) is over, and today I go back to the grind. I’m teaching cell biology and cancer biology this term, as well as an independent study course in science writing, and as my calendar shows, it’s going to be a very busy semester. But as a last weird fling, remember that I’m …

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Aug 28 2013

[Lounge #432]

TehCute

This is the lounge. You can discuss anything you want, but you will do it kindly. Status: Heavily Moderated; Previous thread

Aug 27 2013

On newsstands everywhere now

Robyn McNeil

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