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Mar 23 2013

The “used to” isn’t there

Thanks, Nic, for ruining my afternoon. Now I’ve got to spread it around and sadden everyone else, too.

Mar 18 2013

Still alive

At this stage of my life, I must get out and walk at least a mile every day, or my tendons start to calcify and lock up, and every step turns into an agonizing process in which a little homunculus scurries about in my blood vessels and uses a pointy hammer to shatter the crystallized …

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Mar 09 2013

Reddit doesn’t geddit

So…SXSW had a panel yesterday about Reddit, with Farhad Manjoo, Adrian Chen, and Rebecca Watson. It went about as well as you might expect. I like to imagine Reddit as great wide open restaurant with a lot of appealing stuff, and unfortunately, a lot of appalling stuff. It wouldn’t be so bad if it had …

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Feb 25 2013

Most excellent news

Harriet Hall and Amy Roth have reconciled. I’m pleased to hear it; I wasn’t worried about Amy, but Hall was going to hit mantle at the rate she was digging. It is a great relief that she stopped, looked around, and considered her situation thoughtfully, and then responded well.

Jan 10 2013

Algebra is political indoctrination!

Sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up. But there’s actually a video clip of the Fox News dolts sitting around expressing dismay at 6th graders learning about algebra. Fox News host Eric Bolling on Wednesday accused some schools of “pushing the liberal agenda” for teaching an algebra lesson about the distributive property. … “But …

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Jan 05 2013

Priming the pump

We will have a Google+ podcast this evening, at 6pm Central time — I’ll start sending out invitations around 5:30. You do not need an invitation to watch it live, or to leave comments during. The general topic is bad science and quackery. To get us started, here are a couple of links to some …

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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 21 2012

Apocalypse? What apocalypse?

You missed it! Avicenna, Richard Carrier, and I had a discussion about doomsday Google+ and youtube. But you can watch it now, at least.

Nov 16 2012

No more Twinkies, no more Wonder Bread

How will we ever survive when Hostess goes out of business? They’re blaming it on unions, which is another reason to be glad they’re going under. I notice that they aren’t placing the blame on producing bland, textureless, sugary foods for decades. I remember growing up on that cheap, tasteless, gooey white bread — but …

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Nov 06 2012

Inshallah

A 15 year old girl has been murdered in Pakistan. By having acid poured on her face. By her parents. The girl’s parents, Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen, recounted the Oct. 29 incident from jail. The father said the girl had turned to look at a boy who drove by on a motorcycle, and …

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