On My Slaveholding Ancestors

Regarding ancestral slave owning (which accusation some complete and utter idiot has attempted to smear Richard Dawkins with — and no, I'm not linking to it, because I don't link to complete and utter idiots): Just in case the charge is ever leveled at me: … [Read more...]

The Hitler of Ice Cream

Jon Stewart hits another one out of the park. I LOL'd. … [Read more...]

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 … [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...]


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