Pop the champagne corks. The Texas Board of Education has unanimously come down on the side of evolution. In 14-0* vote, the board today approved scientifically accurate high school biology textbook supplements from established mainstream publishers–and did not approve the creationist-backed supplements from International Databases, LLC.
President Barack Obama shut down dozens, possibly hundreds, of web sites of members of US congress moments ago when during a moving oration about the US Budget Crisis he suggested that people contact their members of congress immediately. In particular, Obama stated that it has become the norm to consider “compromise” to be a dirty word in American politics.
We’ve been checking on all the sites for our local representatives and they are all down.
I don’t know if I should worship my backpack or drive a wooden stake through its heart and shoot it with silver bullets. For three days I obsessively looked through every pocket knowing my keys were in there somewhere, and never found them. Today, I was looking for something else and guess what popped out. I had the same backpack in Mexico a couple of years ago, and stuck a bottle of some cool looking hot sauce I picked up in a small market in one of the pockets. Forgot about it. That backpack then traveled with me, Julia, or Amanda to four cities and three or four countries over the next year or so before the Department of Homeland Security found the sauce. The backpack? It’s one of these, with, like, two zillion pockets.
Now, a couple of items for you: Don’t forget that Abbie Smith of ERV will be the next guest on Skeptically Speaking. The details about the live interview, to be done Sunday Afternoon, are here.
But before that, don’t forget to wake up early in the morning to catch Matthew Chapman on Atheist Talk Radio on Sunday (details here when available).
After a little messing around with interesting emacs goodies, we might as well get right on to the good stuff.
emacs uses a concept called “modes.” You’ll learn about that if you use emacs. For now, what you need to know is that there are “major modes” and “minor modes” and we’re only interested in major modes at this moment. There are several major modes that make emacs highly useful for specific purposes, and some of those modes are designed with writing in mind, such as the text-mode the outline-mode and what is known as muse-mode. But writers really want to use org-mode and not much else.