7 Quick Takes (3/23/11)

--- 1 --- The Reason Rally is tomorrow, and I still need some help picking out a sign.  I'm only set on one so far which would read "Bayesian Conspirator" with Bayes Theorem printed above or below.My goal is to only carry value-added signs (i.e. signs that no one else is likely to wave), and I'd prefer to promote specific things for other atheists to do or think, instead of knocking religion generically.Suggestions welcome! --- 2 ---Oh, and in case you were wondering about Bayes … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (3/16/12)

--- 1 --- This weekend, I'm going up to NYC to see my family, and we're all seeing the B'way production of Newsies!I certainly hope you're all familiar with the best Disney musical, which is based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899, so perhaps you'd all like to pause and sing along with me and a very young Christian Bale:The NYT did a nice piece about the genesis of the musical and it's relation to the source material.   The best revelation?  Most of the characters names in the show  (C … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (3/9/12)

--- 1 --- Hands down, the most delightful story I read this week was in the Science Tuesday section of the NYT.  As a child, actor Alan Alda asked a teacher what caused a flame and was confused by the answer "oxidation." The old question about the flame came back when the journal Science asked Mr. Alda to write an editorial about communicating science. His article began with the anecdote.Then he thought, why not also create a contest where anyone — including scientists — could offer an expl … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (3/2/12)

--- 1 ---I have a confession to make.  I was under the impression that the reason some of your blood vessels looked blue was because they were veins and deoxygenated blood was blue.  A post from io9 this week set me straight.  --- 2 --- This weekend I'm hosting a viewing party for the livestream of 8, a play sourced from the trial transcripts of California's Prop 8 trial.  It's in the style of The Laramie Project, in that it primarily lets all the major characters speak in … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (2/24/12)

--- 1 --- A bit of housekeeping before the Quick Takes: This blog is one of five nominees for the About.com Award for Favorite Atheist Blog in 2011.  You can vote once per day, and I would really appreciate it if you did. --- 2 --- And speaking of the "Please vote for me" refrain, perhaps you're aware of the Chinese documentary of the same name?  This movie follows a Chinese class of 8-year-olds who get to elect their own class monitor, their first experience with participatory democracy.   … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (2/17/12)

--- 1 --- I'm off to Canada for the annual meeting of the American Association for Advancement in the Sciences!  WiFi and leisure time may be in short supply, so be patient if a comment gets caught in the spam filter.Besides the Friday links to tide you over, don't forget to post in the Marriage Q&A thread if there's a question you want me to address as followup to the gay marriage debate I wrapped up with Matt this week.Allons-y! --- 2 --- First something purely fun.  Artist Pet … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (2/10/12)

--- 1 --- Bit of housekeeping before you get to the rest of the takes.  If you're coming here through the blog carnival, perhaps you'd like to get caught up with the ongoing debate on gay marriage.  A college friend of mine challenged me to answer the strongest arguments against gay marriage, and we're working through them.(And if you like that stuff, consider voting for this blog in the About Atheism awards?)  --- 2 --- Ok, now that the housekeeping stuff is out of the way... R … [Read more...]