Hey, It’s An Imperfect World (Sorry, L.Ron)

I'm a long way from the planning table here at FtB.I'm pretty sure Ed Brayton and PZ Myers have a Master Planner's Lair somewhere, which has a huge hot tub, beer bar and poker table, where the World Domination plans proceed.Pictured above is the Soundproof Lair for Concealing Maniacal Laughter. I like to think the whole complex is in Scotland somewhere, probably underground, and they get there by Opening a Way into the Never-Never. I suspect Ian Cromwell, Daniel Fincke and certain others get … [Read more...]

About that Cure …

Just wanted to follow up on my post of a few days ago. I still feel a little bit bad about the headline, "Hurrah! Cure for Alzheimer's Discovered!"I intended it to be funny, sort of a reflection of common practice in science reporting. This does it better:  … [Read more...]

Boggled

You Europeans will be tolerantly amused by this, but ...I live in an apartment in Schenectady, New York. (It's kinda near the center of the state, if you're not familiar with newyorkography.) It's an older building. In fact, the area I live in is the oldest part of the town — there's a building a few blocks away that dates from the late 1600s.My building dates from the 1800s. It's a creaky old thing, but comfortable. I'd like to show you a series of pictures from when I went down to the b … [Read more...]

Hurrah! Cure for Alzheimer’s Discovered!

Yes, I'm doing that "sensationalist headline" thing the popular news media is so famous for.But ... I hope this is true. It would be damned cool if it was. At the same time, I've learned — not as a scientist, because I'm not one, but as a reader of news and onetime newspaper editor — that what you read in headlines is often misleading. And you can't even trust the stories that follow.But here it is: Breaking News from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine … [Read more...]

Short Stack #11

In Life's Darkest Hours, remind yourself of this: There's chocolate.------------------------Few people know that most of the early programmers at Microsoft were total emos. For instance, the first version of Clippy included the phrase, "Hi, it looks like you're writing a suicide note! Would you like some help?" … [Read more...]

Tits and Ass and Weenies, Oh Myyyy

This has probably been out there for a while, but I'm pretty sure it's the first time *I* have seen it.The Vatican has a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel.You can mouse around it. The navigation is weird, but if you work at it, you can see all of it. You can also zoom in and out with your mouse's scroll wheel or the Shift and Ctrl keys.A couple of thoughts: … [Read more...]


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