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The Roots are the best thing about Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Anyway, from Robot 6:
[W]hen the shoe was on the other foot, O'Reilly did a little stomping of his own: He took offense to his portrayal by political cartoonist Mike Thompson and ... well, let’s let Mike tell it:I'm well aware that there's hypocrisy on both sides of the political spectrum, I'm just tired of it. Aren't you?He then gave out my work e-mail address and instructed his viewers to "let him know what you think." O'Reilly stressed that his viewers should take the high road in their e-mails to me, which is a little like placing a bowl of Halloween candy in front of kids and telling them not to gorge themselves. O'Reilly's smart enough to know what would happen.Yup, the high road was definitely the road not taken. Thompson received over 2,500 e-mails, many of them in all caps, discussing exactly what people thought of him and his cartoon and what they would like to do to him.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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But I think it's important. One of the most common criticisms lobbed at the newly-vocal atheist community is, "Why do you have to be so angry?" So I want to talk about:
1. Why atheists are angry;
2. Why our anger is valid, valuable, and necessary;
And 3. Why it's completely fucked-up to try to take our anger away from us.
So let's start with why we're angry. Or rather -- because this is my blog and I don't presume to speak for all atheists -- why I'm angry.
A response to some comments:
And as commenters in the rant have pointed out, even the social movement leaders who generally get tagged as the non-angry, peaceful, "good cops" -- Martin Luther King, Gandhi -- were very angry indeed. They just channeled their anger in constructive ways. Which I think is a grand idea. But acknowledging that anger and expressing it is an important part of that process.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
The empire set to change name of death star to spherical base due to the negative connotation associated with "death"
Empire sloppily retreating out of Endor, 100 unaccounted ewok deaths.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
By Isabella Rossellini.
If I were a Calamari, I would be a squid. And, everyone would want to eat me.
I would squirt black ink from my anus, so that I can disappear, and propel myself off. By luminescent effect and by changing shape, I can communicate. I can say, "Be Careful!" I can say, "I love you," with my whole three hearts.
I would give the most passionate twenty arm embrace. Twenty... eighteen. Two are not arms, if you know what I mean....
Monday, June 28, 2010
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This is just a pre-taping warm up, too. Also, too bad it is the radio edit version, but watchagonnado?
Friday, June 4, 2010
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I don't know if anyone else on this blog has been following LOST, but this fan promo did an excellent job of showing the tone of the series.
When the series ends on Sunday: I don't expect all the questions to be answered. I don't expect a neat little bow tied around the plot. I only expect to enjoy the end of the ride, just like I've enjoyed the ride up until now.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Yes, it's fan made and the music is stupid and the voices aren't great, but still... ANIMATED BONE! IN BEAUTIFUL 2D!
I say again, SQUEEEE!
Oh, and there is a movie that's going to be made, but Smith thinks it's probably going to be 3D.
via Robot 6
Monday, May 10, 2010
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
A woman in Minnesota has requested that the comic book, Bone, be removed from the shelves of her son's school library. Now, I have read Bone (thanks again to Ticknart for that!), and there is nothing remotely offensive in that book. In fact, I think there's more offensive and sexually-laden material in an Archie comic. Bone is just a great read for all ages.
My favorite thing is this response from Bone creator, Jeff Smith:
"My conclusion is that some people aren't smart enough to read comic books."
Monday, April 26, 2010
On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that's your preferred form of immodesty. With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake.Found via this delightful comic strip.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I had heard about Cynthia Stewart wanting to bring her girlfriend to her school prom and how the school had decided to cancel prom rather than allow it. What I hadn't heard is that, after a lot of run-around and a court battle, a prom was held where she was allowed to bring her girlfriend, but it was a FAKE, with only 7 students in attendance. THE REST OF THE SCHOOL WAS AT ANOTHER, SECRET PROM HELD AT THE SAME TIME.
I am so beyond disgusted about this. Honestly, I don't even know what else to say.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discovery, and it is a principle even of piety; but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot.
Friday, April 16, 2010
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The disk spins, rotating around its center like a DVD (though stuff toward the center goes around faster than stuff near the outer edge). The middle of the disk is where the star forms. Farther out, local eddies and vortices can form planets. But the important thing to note is that in this scenario, everything spins in the same way. If the disk appears to be spinning clockwise, say, then the star will spin that same way, the planets will orbit that same way, and the planets will spin that same way. We’re pretty sure this is how things work because that’s pretty much what’s happening in our own solar system.
This theory has been tested by observation and by increasingly complex modeling. Sometimes there are problems with it, but in general new ideas have been added that fix those problems, and over time we’ve been pretty happy overall with the idea that stars and planets form this way.
However, a bunch of newly discovered planets have messed this nice idea up. They orbit their stars the wrong way!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
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Monday, April 5, 2010
The troubled councilor, Dimitar Kerin, has defended himself by saying he was not the only one in the City Hall watering virtual egg plants. He said he had reached only Level 40, whereas Daniela Zhelyazkova, a councilor from the rightist Democrats for Strong Bulgaria party, was already at Level 46.
[Via: All Tech Considered]
Monday, March 29, 2010
When a famous tantric guru boasted on television that he could kill another man using only his mystical powers, most viewers either gasped in awe or merely nodded unquestioningly. Sanal Edamaruku’s response was different. “Go on then — kill me,” he said.
Plenty more found here.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
You can go there without the /love at the end, or add your own /evil, /sex, /whatever
Each destination starts as a blank wall, you drag yourself around in there, and you can write whatever you like wherever you like in regular monotype.
It's simple and elegant, and awesome.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I'm also loving that Obama wasn't the least bit offended by it, and that one of his first reactions was to put it on a t-shirt.
(Thanks again to Chris Cactus!)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns, just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.
Ada Lovelace, Notes on Menabrae’s Memoir on the Analytic Engine
Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Cheers to the original computer programmer!
I have a few quibbles with the inferential leaps people make about the Fibonacci number, phi and related ideas (for instance, fudging examples), but I cannot argue with the quality of the following video — it is a stunning visualization of the the relationship between the Fibonacci sequence, the Golden ratio, the Golden Angle, Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations:
"This" resulted in the exploration of a page of evidence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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"These solar cells have, for the first time, surpassed the conventional light-trapping limit for absorbing materials," says Harry Atwater, Howard Hughes Professor, professor of applied physics and materials science, and director of Caltech's Resnick Institute, which focuses on sustainability research.
The light-trapping limit of a material refers to how much sunlight it is able to absorb. The silicon-wire arrays absorb up to 96 percent of incident sunlight at a single wavelength and 85 percent of total collectible sunlight. "We've surpassed previous optical microstructures developed to trap light," he says.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
It's official: HBO has given a green light to a 10-episode series based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy series Game of Thrones and released the first image from the show, which you can view below. Production begins in June; no premiere date was announced.The first official picture, below:
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Emmy was once the world’s most advanced artificially intelligent composer, and because he’d [David Cope] managed to breathe a sort of life into her, he became a modern-day musical Dr. Frankenstein. She produced thousands of scores in the style of classical heavyweights, scores so impressive that classical music scholars failed to identify them as computer-created. Cope attracted praise from musicians and computer scientists, but his creation raised troubling questions: If a machine could write a Mozart sonata every bit as good as the originals, then what was so special about Mozart? And was there really any soul behind the great works, or were Beethoven and his ilk just clever mathematical manipulators of notes?There are two excerpts from pieces the software composed a short way down the article
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Some say that, as a parent, Beth Christian was less than perfect.
Some say that as a moralist, she left something to be desired.
But everyone agrees that she knew how to take the Bible's advice -- very, very literally
All True Bible Stories for Children is a record of Biblical lessons, passed from Beth Christian to her daughter. Atheists may find them humorous, some Christians may find them confusing, but it is devoutly hoped that all will find enlightenment therein.
From the intro:
Beth was every biographer's dream, a living collection of entertaining childhood reminisence. Like Scheherezade, Beth related story after fascinating story from her youth, never asking for more than dinner and perhaps a movie in return. Over the years that Beth and I maintained our unusual relationship, I learned a great deal about her formative years, and about the woman who made Beth the fascinating, introspective woman she is today -- her mother, Eve.
To Eve, scripture was the end-all and be-all of spiritual guidance, morality, and practical wisdom. Like her mother before her, Eve turned to her Bible whenever she was faced with a dilemma, and she never failed to find a solution in those holy words.
Eve didn't rely on religious leaders or so-called "scholars" for her interpretation of God's truth. She knew that every letter of every syllable of every word in the Bible was put down just as the Lord intended it to be, and that anyone on a first-name basis with the Holy Spirit can feel their true meaning in their heart.
From Genesis 19:30-38 (The Story of Lot's Daughters):
One day, Lot and his two daughters moved out of Zoar to live in the mountains, because he was afraid to live in town.
One night, the older daughter said to the younger one, "Our father is old and there are no men around to put their penises in us. Let's get our father drunk so that we can get him to put his penis in us and make babies grow in our tummies."
. . .
"To God," Beth's mother told her, "children are the most important thing. It doesn't matter how a baby starts growing in a woman's tummy. Having sex when one of the people is drunk is much better than never having a baby grow in a woman at all."
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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Saturday, February 20, 2010
I created a tag called best ever because I think that these are some of the best music videos ever made.
This video is amazing.
I think this was possible because of a propensity to make flip books
You could do a story on one side of the page, and then flip the book over and write another story, or the same story differently, synchronizing events from one side of the page with events on the other side of the page.
Watch this video at least to the mid point to give it a proper chance, then I dare you to stop. (actually, no, keep watching.)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Accused campus killer Amy Bishop was a devotee of Dungeons & Dragons - just like Michael “Mucko” McDermott, the lone gunman behind the devastating workplace killings at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield in 2000.That's right kids, D&D is teh evil. And did you know:
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Goddamed FOX News.
In case you can't make it out, the sign in question reads, "Tea Bag The Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!" This appears in the latest Captain America comic. #602.
Seems to me, I've seen a sign like this in real life. Oh, that's right, a similar one appeared at a Tea Bagging rally last year.
Seriously, comics can't make this Tea Bagging movement look bad, the fact that it holds up Sarah Palin as an example does that.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
The whole comic.
The wonderfully verbose Eric Burns-White, he of Websnark, posted a review of Star Trek Online, including screen caps, while beta testing a few weeks ago. Today he wrote about how the game should run to continue to be as great as it, apparently, is.
I'm not a MMORPG person, but the trekkie in in me really want to be.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Looks really cool, doesn't it.
Of course I don't think anyone's problems with Shyamalan's movies has been the art direction or cinematography. The hard part with this will be condensing the 20 half-hour episodes of Book One: Water into two hours worth of movies. How many of you think we'll be getting at least one training montage?
Via Topless Robot
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
[Last spring] Warner Brothers had picked up the rights to Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos series of sci-fi books. It looks like they've found their director - Scott Derrickson of The Day the Earth Stood Still most recently.You bet your ass that's my emphasis.
The short article.
Why couldn't it have been an eight to twelve hour miniseries on HBO covering all the books?
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Mashups of various artists and the original music of Final Fantasy 7.
Vinyl Fantasy 7
http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/02/vinyl-fantasy/ (what it is)
http://teamteamwork.bandcamp.com/album/vinyl-fantasy-7 (where to “buy” it)