Monthly Archives: December 2010

Podcasts good and bad

Do you have a favorite podcast? A podcast that you tried and hated? An idea for a podcast that should exist but doesn’t? And, do you know of a rating system for podcasts (and should there be one)? As a thought experiment, I propose a Podcast Quality index, or set of indexes. To start, let me propose a set of criteria to evaluate the negatives of a multi-person podcast involving a primary host and a number of co-hosts or guests.

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There are two species of African elephant

i-4df9f1c3f1b7fb5409a6d1704a0b7ef4-Elephant_SA_Laden_DSC_3664.jpgEveryone knows that there are two kinds of elephants in this world: Asian and African. The Asian is the only one that can be trained and the African ones live in harmony with their environment until hunters come by and shoot them. Scratch a little deeper, and the African bush elephant lives by destroying its environment and moving on to new areas, where it destroys that environment, cycling back to the original region over generational time; Both African and Asian elephants can be trained; and there are three, not two species of elephant in this world: Asian, African Bush, and African Forest. Once again, everything you know is wrong. But you knew that.
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Cody Killed Logan. I suppose that’s OK if this is the only way you can have your toys.

NOTE Since writing this post other versions of the story behind this tragic and unnecessary gun related death have emerged. See the comments below.

The conversation that emerged from this post is not obviated by the story being different, as that conversation is more general.

I am not suggesting that one particular version of the story or another is correct. You’ll have tobdo your own research on that.

i-47b70456266b024ff5be5f86a61f2fb1-12300884_11262009_1.jpgDid I say toys? Sorry, didn’t mean to prejudice the case. I meant “Legal Firearms For Protection Against Intruders and a Repressive Government.”
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A whole pile of Evolution Education news

The annual Gallup Poll on how dumb Americans are has come out, and they got less dumb.

A new Gallup poll on public opinion about evolution hints at a slightly higher rate of acceptance of evolution in the United States over the years. Asked in December 2010 “[w]hich of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings,” 38% of the respondents accepted “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process,” 16% accepted “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process,” and 40% accepted “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.”


Details here.

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What is the ideal camera for the person who… well, you know….

The person who never seems to be able to operate, or be happy with, these modern digital cameras. The person who more often says “Oh, I’m so upset, I couldn’t get a picture of that because this damn camera never works right” or the person who goes to take a shot but then quietly puts the camera away realizing it’s full and remembering that one does not quite know what one does when the camera is full. And so on.
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This is your LAST CHANCE for holiday shopping

(If you’re mailing your presents and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg.)

As part of my annual service to my readers who can’t think of what to give to those friends and relatives who insist on exchanging gifts this time every year, I present two categories of goodies, cheap and not so cheap. For additional ideas see these posts.
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