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{ Monthly Archives } October 2008

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Spock’s World

According to Star Trek, Spock’s homeworld Vulcan is a planet of ε Eridani (or 40 Eridani A, but I hold out for ε Eridani.) Well, it turns out that recent studies suggest the ε Eridani system is actually very similar to ours, with a high probability of having reasonably sized planets in the inner system. […]

A Feminist on Sarah Palin

For the sin of being a Christian personally opposed to abortion, Palin is being pilloried by the inside-the-Beltway Democrat feminist establishment. (Yes, she is anti-abortion. And yes, instead of buying organic New Zealand lamb at Whole Foods, she joins other Alaskans in hunting for food. That’s it. She is not a right-wing nut, and all […]

Derivatives and such

One of the many things that contributed to the finaincial crisis were “derivatives” — that is, financial instruments that derive their values from some other instrument. Here’s a new blog discussing them; it looks pretty good.

That’s a Delicious Slime Mold

Slime molds are inherently cool.

More Vote Fraud?

Warren Throckmorton has it, via Palestra.

Polls and the Election

Posted this as a comment at Just One Minute, and then decided to put it here as well. “Kimji” is a commenter on JOM. Kimji dropped this one on the other thread: If there are so many of them, they aren’t outliers. The high ones aren’t outliers any more than the low ones are. Which […]

I Love Jeri Thompson


First, there turns out to be no standard of objectivity in contemporary journalism. Palin’s career as a city councilwoman, mayor, and governor of Alaska was never seen as comparable to, or — indeed, in terms of executive experience — more extensive than, Barack Obama’s own legislative background in Illinois and Washington. Somehow we forgot that […]

Furry Ninjas

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