Traveling, traveling, traveling… (late comment roundup)

Hey all.  I know I’ve missed Friday comment roundup the last two-weeks, but I’m speaking and traveling a lot through the rest of the year.  I thought I’d be able to write more on the road, but I was wrong about that.  Ugh. I’ll be back to doing comment roundup next week.  Here are the [Read More...]

Godless college football thread.

I’m in Kansas this weekend, and Michaelyn and I will be denned up during the rain today watching football!  Which means I might actually get to participate in the open thread for once! There are two big games to watch today: #3 South Carolina vs. #8 LSU, and #13 Oklahoma vs. #15 Texas.  Let’s start [Read More...]

My computer may be dying…

So…ever since yesterday my computer has been blue screening.  However, I noticed today that it only did it when I had movies on in VLC or Windows Media Player, and then only about every 20 minutes.  Initially I thought it was because my hardware couldn’t handle all the awesome of Doctor Who, but then I [Read More...]

Were these people watching the same debate I was?

I thought the debate last night was a bloodbath in favor of Joe Biden.  He was erudite and spoke in facts and figures while Paul Ryan spoke in vague language, empty of citations and figures, throughout most of the debate and lied through his teeth the rest of the time.  The Romney campaign continues to [Read More...]

Lets make out. For science.

DrB-   Would you say you enjoy tasting people?Apparently smelling each other’s butts is “frowned upon” in the human species, so we’ve resorted to tasting one another. These chemical signals might join other cues we get from the closeness and intimacy of kissing and combine to give an instant, hard-wired impression of whether this person [Read More...]

Vice Presidential debate open thread.

Here’s hoping Biden can make up for Obama’s uninspired performance. We know that Paul Ryan’s willing to lie his ass off, but he has a long history from which he cannot escape and likely makes Joe Biden’s mouth water.  Biden’s a stronger debater than Obama and I hope he comes out of the gate without [Read More...]

A meme I made.

Lucifer was totally the hero of that one book… [Read more...]

What has science ever done for us (aside from cell phones, clean food, the internet, hurricane tracking, medicine, clean water…)?

The most important science committee in Congress is chaired and staffed by a faithful folk without the first clue about science. We’re so beyond screwed. [Read more...]

Mitt Romney and Big Bird.

Mitt Romney wonders why the President is talking about Big Bird. JT points out that it’s because the President was responding to Mitt Romney doing it. [Read more...]

How effective are tin foil hats?

Dr. Dave finds a study dealing with the effectiveness of tin foil hats for blocking various radio signals and finds that they generally work…except with government bands. [Read more...]

Jesus doesn’t give a damn.

What…the….? Whether it’s a joke or not, I can only imagine two responses from believers. 1.  They’ll love it, because those believers endorse all the things encapsulated by this toy. 2.  They’ll consider it a sad derision of their savior and blame the toy-maker for mocking their religion instead of blaming all the people in [Read More...]

David Siegel is a terrible person.

Billionaire David Siegel threatens his employees with joblessness if Obama gets re-elected. [Read more...]

Slate gets it right on the Muslim riots.

Though Slate posted an article arguing that we should not necessarily be free to criticize religion a few months ago, they’ve now posted an article rightly saying that people shouldn’t kill because they’re offended. [Read more...]

ScienceMag live chat on mental illness in a few hours!

Today’s ScieneMag live chat will be over mental illness. Psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia are an enormous cause of disability throughout the world. Yet most current medications are no better than drugs discovered more than half a century ago, and some pharmaceutical companies seem to be giving up. Why has progress in this [Read More...]


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