Bringing a Stat Book to a Culture Fight


Comments are still a little bit in flux here.  Because Disqus was causing problems, it's been stripped off and we're back to plain old wordpress comments until things get sorted out.  On the plus side, this means that all the previously vanished comments are back!Oh, and speaking of comments, today I want to point you to a conversation that's going on over at Marc's Bad Catholic blog here at Patheos.  Marc wrote a post called "10 Reason the Pill Sucks" and, although I disagree with several of … [Read more...]

Why be out as bisexual?


This is a follow-up to my post on National Coming Out Day and the subsequent Bisexuality Q&A.Several comments asked why I thought it was necessary to be out as a bisexual if I'm currently dating a guy.  After all, I admit that although bisexuality is part of my identity, it's certainly not the most important thing to know about me (that identifier is: giant geek).  And isn't it all kinda moot if I'm not currently single?Let me run through the reasons I make a point of being out:I … [Read more...]

Bisexuality Q&A

Performing Math Calculations at Chalkboard

I'd still like more responses to the questions I posed to opponents of gay marriage yesterday, but, since turnabout is fair play, I'll take a crack at some of the questions you guys asked about bisexuality in the thread.  I'll answer any others on this topic in the comments.UPDATE: there's still confusion in the comments so here's the tl;dr takeaway: Bisexuality is totally unrelated to polyamory.  Bisexuality describes the set of people who might attract you.  Polyamory specifies what kind of … [Read more...]

Coming Out (and at ‘em)

Pride March

(UPDATE: It looks like some of you have questions about bisexuality.  Feel free to ask them in the comments and I'll answer them in tomorrow's post)Today is National Coming Out Day (the link goes to Lambda Legal, not HRC, since Lambda puts donations to work on activism and HRC throws party for legislators without much to show for it). That makes today a good day to mention that I’m bisexual to any new readers I’ve picked up here at Patheos.I mention it because, when you write a blog abou … [Read more...]

Search Engine Soup

This marks the 400th post on this blog, so it's time for a roundup of strange search terms that led people to this blog.  You can refer back to previous roundups to see how the perceived character of the blog has changed.  Now, take it away, Google!You know I like data, but my political science major doesn't prepare me to help the person looking for statistics of why believing in santa claus is harmful.  I'm similarly at a loss for the person trying to solve the gay marriage free-rider proble … [Read more...]

Nerdiness Olde and New

The Renaissance Faire this weekend was lovely.  I'm putting up two photos here, and I want to give credit where it's due.  I made my dress last summer using Butterick pattern B4571,  which was easy to follow.  I adapted the pattern for my boyfriend's surcoat from a tutorial on Corvus Tristis.  I got the insignia by googling "hufflepuff badger" until I found something I could trace.  Oh, and I only wish I could claim I had something to do with the armor in the picture at the end, but I bought that … [Read more...]

The Idiotic Interfaith 9/11 Backlash

I know I promised a scifi vs fantasy post next, but I’m delaying it for one that is timely and a little more germane to this blog.A model of interfaith outreachToday, the hullabaloo over the exclusion of religious figures from New York City’s 9/11 memorial service made the front page of The New York Times. Scrolling through my ‘Religion’ folder in Google Reader, I’m still seeing post after post from Christians expressing outrage. Let me try to address some of the reactions … [Read more...]