7 Quick Takes (Mad Science Edition)

engineer

--- 1 --- Sorry for a delay in posting and responding to comments.  Halloween fast approaches, and I've been spending pretty much all my spare time with my sewing machine, trying to finish a costume in time.  It's cyberpunk themed, and I'll tell you I got two of the patterns I'm using from here and here.It turns out I'm not even the only one of my friends doing a neo-victorian take on cyberpunk, since one friend of mine is going as the protagonist from Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age: Or, … [Read more...]

7 Stat Takes

stat shrimp

--- 1 --- Some time today, BoltBus WiFi permitting, I'm going to take one last look at the statistics you need to know to parse the link between the Pill and breast cancer that Marc of Bad Catholic alluded to in a post earlier this week.  The first post went through some common misunderstandings of the ways risk and percentages are used by epidemiologists.  Today's post will go over some of the questions and objections that came up in the comments.If you're planning to get into these kinds o … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/14/11)

DC Rollergirls Season 6 Bout 1, 10/09/2011.

--- 1 --- I've been blogging here at Patheos for a week now, and these are my first quick takes in situ, so it seems appropos to give you all a little more of a sense of who I am outside this blog. This is probably as good a sum-up of my life as you can get: I had a lot of trouble explaining all the rules of roller derby to my language tutor since it was only my third week of ASL classes.P.S. The derby match this week was wonderful.  --- 2 --- Of course, you've all been … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (9/30/11)

--- 1 ---I finally wrote the long promised reply to "Soup Nazi Approach to Sex" and "Sexual Responsibility and Culpability."  So here's hoping that the new post, "Worlds We're Not Having Sex In" helps clear up why I want to make it hard for men to opt out of responsibilities to a child they fathered.One thing's for sure, I'm pretty sure all the posts in this sexual ethics series earned the "I am a fuddy duddy" tag I assigned them.  Now, on to the Takes!  --- 2 --- I hope all … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (9/23/11)

--1-- Sorry to be late on my post on gender-disparity of choice in parenting (a follow-up to "A Soup Nazi Approach to Sex" and "Sexual Responsibility and Culpability").  I've had a busier week at work and in the evening than I anticipated.  I promise you'll have it by Saturday.  Can I make it up to you all by letting you know that licking skulls is a frequently used field test among physical anthropologists?No foolin'. --2-- In another case of counter-intuitive methods of inference, John C … [Read more...]

7 Quick Science Takes (9/9/11)

--1-- Yesterday I ran a post on science fiction and philosophy and the next one coming up is going to be on the distinction between science fiction and fantasy.  So let's make this a science-themed edition of quick-takes (as if I needed an excuse).But before we move off sci-fi entirely, I want to link to a post on this topic by John C. Wright, an atheist-to-Catholic convert and Nebula nominee for his scifi writing.  When it first ran, the essay was titled "Aliens Need Christ's Redemption, T … [Read more...]

7 Quick Vid Takes (9/2/11)

--1-- Last week: literature and language, this week: YouTube clips.  (And the process of clearing out my Quick Takes link list carries on apace).  No explicit theme, but I suppose you could play stereotypical-Leah-interests bingo, or something.(Fractal geometry is the FREE space on this bingo board, natch). --2-- If advertisements for malls were usually this charming, maybe I wouldn't regard them as a blight on civilization.  One English mall shows 100 years of fashion (and dance moves) in … [Read more...]


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