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Monthly Archive: December 2013

Dec 27 2013

Friday Cephalopod: Snuggleupapus

Stephanie Bush

Dec 27 2013

Frugal to the point of vacuity

brainevo

What does it take to get Carl Zimmer to review your research in the New York Times? I suppose it helps to be at Harvard. It also helps to have a combination of subjects — evolution and the human brain — that Zimmer has written about in the past. It helps to have a paper …

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Dec 26 2013

Grading done

Relax tonight. Start getting stuff together for spring semester tomorrow. I beat the deadline by a whole six hours!

Dec 26 2013

Geraldo Logic

This will be useful shorthand. You may recall that Alec Baldwin lost his show for calling a photographer a “cocksucking faggot” — now Geraldo Rivera weighs in on the phrase. SKLAR: When I heard about what Alec Baldwin – Alec Baldwin had a history of making these homophobic slurs. RIVERA: That wasn’t a homophobic slur. …

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Dec 26 2013

I may have to watch that movie again

An interesting philosophy paper: ‘That Man Behind the Curtain’: Atheism and Belief in The Wizard of Oz. I don’t think the movie The Wizard of Oz is exactly an atheist movie, but represents the current transition we’re experiencing, where the old-fashioned beliefs are becoming increasingly untenable and unsupported by the culture as a whole, while …

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Dec 26 2013

Free Raif Badawi

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Raif Badawi has already been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes, and now he has been recommended to be be brought before a high court on a crime that carries the death penalty. All for having a remarkable resemblance to Tom Hiddleston. No, wait, it’s for an equally trivial crime: he founded …

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Dec 25 2013

I don’t smile back at the smiley pope

The pope has included (nominally) atheists in his Christmas message. He proved unpredictable again on Wednesday, when he went off script to include atheists in his call for peace, rare for a Catholic leader. “I invite even nonbelievers to desire peace,” he said. “Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, …

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Dec 25 2013

Wednesday Botanical: Destined for lumber

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Of course the plant for today has to be a Christmas tree. A big dead tree. This one is going to be milled into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity, which is nice for humanity I guess. Not so cool for the tree.

Dec 25 2013

Holiday sentiment

I’m pretty comfortable here, waiting for the kids to get up and open their presents, last night we had a pleasant evening with a vegan dinner with mead, and later today we’re getting on a plane and heading back home, so I’m too mellow right now to write something ferocious. For that, I recommend reading …

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Dec 25 2013

I could have used this last semester

@BigDataBorat

I’m on a search committee for a tenure track position in statistics and computer science — we’re looking for someone to teach a data science course, maybe a little bioinformatics on the side, and work with both our statistics and computer science disciplines. I’m the outside member of the committee — you know, the weirdo …

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