Monthly Archives: August 2011

Currently Reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Just started reading a new novel titled Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. After finding it difficult to put down last night and groggily heading into work this morning, I can honestly say I am really, really digging it thus … Continue reading

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Article on Climate Change Scientist Being Cleared Goes Waaay Off the Rails

Not long ago, a Penn State climatologist named Michael Mann became embroiled in a controversy about statistical methods used in interpreting climate data (there’s a timeline of the incident on the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists). The news … Continue reading

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The Flintstones Candidates: A Plague of GOP Evolution Deniers

Rick Perry really shows off his ignorance in New Hampshire: “How old do I think the earth is? You know what, I don’t have any idea,” said the Texas governor when asked about his position on the issue by a … Continue reading

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Petty Legislative Aide Cheers Layoff of Newspaper Workers

Might as well join the chorus of negative reactions to this minor functionary, Jon Yapo, legislative assistant for Florida state House Rep. Jason Brodeur, who decided to crow about workers at a newspaper losing their jobs. As Scott Maxwell of … Continue reading

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Druyan and Sagan: A Wedding Reading about a Cosmic Romance

This past weekend I was a groomsman in a good friend’s wedding. He had asked me to select a reading of some kind to be given during the ceremony, a piece that would speak about love without the trappings of … Continue reading

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Bookstores: Islands in a Storm of UK Rioting?

Heartening to some extent I suppose. Bookshops avoid major damage in London rioting Except, is it because those looting aren’t readers? To ask that, I guess, is to almost be offended that rioters didn’t make off with a box full … Continue reading

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Spice Girls Musical??

Here are some words I wouldn’t have thought I’d be reading after 1998: Spice Girls Musical ‘Viva Forever’ In The Works We live in a world dominated by people wanting to be famous. What the Spice Girls did was before … Continue reading

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