Monthly Archives: October 2011

More Hallowe’en Goodies

Should you be infested with vampires, you will undoubtedly arm yourself with the traditional weapons. These would include wooden stakes, garlic, and holy water. Perhaps you might call Abraham Van Helsing or Buffy Summers to aid in your slaying. But … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

A few cartoons for All Hallow’s Eve

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Whence the Hagfish

The hagfish, (family Myxinidae, in the order Myxiniformes, in the class Myxini) that unlovable,  jaw-less, cartilaginous, slime-producing eel-like animal, is an extremely fascinating beast. Long considered to be a close relative of the lamprey at the base of the vertebrata, … Continue reading

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Depression by Hyperbole and a Half

Allie Brosh at Hyperbole and a Half has a unique and insightful way of describing a depressive episode. A few panels: Some people have a legitimate reason to feel depressed, but not me. I just woke up one day feeling … Continue reading

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Organic Compounds in Stardust

Often given romantic qualities stardust is not a term that is used in astronomy but it is often used colloquially to describe amorphous matter surrounding stars. A paper in Nature by Sun Kwok & Yong Zhang Mixed aromatic–aliphatic organic nanoparticles … Continue reading

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It Needs to be Better Now

Rick Mercer on bullying. I was bullied in school. Why? Because I was a geek, nerd, or whatever you want to call it. I was small, I got good grades, I wasn’t part of the ‘in’ group, and I came … Continue reading

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Psychic Scam

All psychics are either misled or frauds. It is as simple as that. The frauds range from the  large scale con artists such as John Edwards, Sylvia Brown, and James Van Praagh to the kitchen psychics. An example of the … Continue reading

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God Hates Occupy Movement

Right Wing Watch is a decidedly left wing web site that points out some of the most egregious statements made by the right wing. Recently they have outlined some of the opponents to the Occupy movement. One of those opponents … Continue reading

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Relief for relief readers

Many of use find our best relief when reading while relieving ourselves. The impact on  our personal health is something we never think about. Rest assured, science comes to the rescue. Ron Shaoul and his team investigated the bathroom reading … Continue reading

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Checkmate Atheists

PZ Meyers reminds us that today is the earth’s birthday. Thank you James Ussher for giving us a date to celebrate. One of PZ’s commenters sums it up nicely. 6015 years ago, God created a 13.7 billion year old universe, … Continue reading

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