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 b … [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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