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Anti-science Fiction: Thoughts on the final BSG.

March 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · Art, Rants, Science

The final episode of Battlestar Galactica has come and gone and - I must say - I was disturbingly close to the mark with some of my predictions (please note: I assume you’ve seen the episode, so expect spoilers).
Overall, I give it a 6 out of 10 (which is about what I’d give the last [...]

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Bill Maher is Not Helping.

October 6th, 2008 · No Comments · Movies, Politics, Rants, Science

Here’s a one line review of Bill Maher’s new film, Religulous:
Too long, too mean, not nearly funny enough.
That being said, I agree with the core tenet of Maher’s argument that religion is irrational, abusive and dangerous. It’s tempting to view this film as a main stream entry into the “New Atheist” movement, but the [...]

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I am torn…

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Science

…between my love of Neil deGrasse Tyson and my devotion to THE PLANET Pluto:
One debater, Neil deGrasse Tyson, did the boxing entrance à la Rocky. That’s how hot the matchup is between Pluto as a planet and Pluto as a plutoid.
Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York, supports [...]

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At least it’s not a memetic polyalloy killing machine.

May 14th, 2008 · No Comments · Misc., Science

A product called “HAL” created by a company called “Cyberdyne”? What can POSSIBLY go wrong?
Of course, I’d love to have one myself.

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It’s Official: Ben Stein is crazy.

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Science

As a Ben Stein fan, it makes me sad to read stuff like this:
When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers [i.e. biologist P.Z. Myers], talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they [...]

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Performance enhancing drugs are ruining…

April 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Science

…professional science!
I, for one, demand immediately Congressional meddling.

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So… it’s a KIDDIE sized milkshake…

April 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Science

USGS now estimates the Bakken formation at 3.65 billion barrels of oil. Which is less that 200 billion. And less than one year’s worth of total oil for current US consumption levels.
Back to ANWR, I suppose.

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Memo to John McCain.

April 1st, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Science

MMR vaccination = GOOD.
The recent measles outbreak in San Diego—started by one child who imported the disease from Switzerland—reinforces the ongoing need to maintain high vaccination coverage, Dr. Jane Seward said at the winter meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

There’s good and bad news in the San [...]

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Dammit, John.

March 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics, Rants, Science

It looks like McCain’s decided to randomly buy into the “vaccines are POISONOUS” nonsense.
Are Republicans EVER on the right side of any scientific controversy?

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IT HAS BEGUN.

January 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Science, Technology

Some dude has cloned himself.
A scientist has achieved a world first… by cloning himself.
In a breakthrough certain to provoke an ethical furore, Samuel Wood created embryo copies of himself by placing his skin cells in a woman’s egg.
Although they survived for only five days and were smaller than a pinhead, they are seen as [...]

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Suddenly, I feel like a Creationist.

August 24th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Rants, Science

“Science” is trying to tell us that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.
Well, fuck that. Pluto IS a planet. And nothing those bastards do will EVER change my mind.
Henceforth, I will only support Pluto-positive candidates for political office. I will only allow my future children to attend schools that - if they try [...]

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