December 24, 2006

Flashback: Merry Christmas, Brett

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lahar @ 7:52 pm

NFL – Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers Recap Sunday December 25, 2005 – Yahoo! Sports

It’s a good time to recall this Christmas present from last year, or a present at least for Bears fans. After that game the grounds crew had to have scraped Favre off of the turf in Lambeau, just like they’re going to have to do at Soldier Field next week.


December 23, 2006

Windows == IT Job Security

Filed under: Macs!,Tech Follies — by lahar @ 3:07 am

MacUser: Macs declared not “appropriate technology” for schools

Once again the awful “students need to be using the computers they will see in the real world” argument is trotted out by a hotshot high school IT director looking to flex his muscle. I notice that the same argument is never applied to labs in which many of the students hope to go into science or computer science, or else they’d be full of Linux PCs. I wonder why that is.

December 22, 2006

Too funny to pass up

Filed under: Science,The fine art of political discourse — by lahar @ 10:06 pm

This Modern World » Blog Archive » Aye, Robot

Yeah, I remember thinking the exact same thing about Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004. I’ve heard Republicans also say similar things about Dole in 1996. Which leads me to ask when are the Washington elite going to realize that Americans want a human being to lead them, not some talking-points shitting android who looks uncomfortable in his/her own skin?

Quick Notes

Filed under: The fine art of political discourse — by lahar @ 9:57 pm

No, I’m not dead. My internet access has been spotty lately.

I would be remiss if I didn’t note the following bits of idiocy. First, we have Virgil Goode (R-VA) going nuts over Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) religion not being on his ‘approved’ list. Of course, some other people and likely many other people have talked about it and said things better than I could have.

It’s refreshing to see Ellison taking the high road here instead of slamming Goode. I also get a kick out of Goode’s seeming conflation of immigration with Ellison’s Islamic beliefs, given Ellison was, uh, born in America, as are most black Muslims.

There’s also the Parents’ Television Council’s claim that FOX is the ‘most anti-religious network on television’. Particularly telling is their criticism of the Simpsons for depicting organized religion in the same satirical light as just about every other institution in society, particularly when the Simpsons are about the only family on TV who regularly go to church.

Religion was portrayed more negatively than positively, but only slightly more so. Negative portrayals led positive ones by 35% to 34%.

But certain types of religious references were overwhelmingly positive. By the PTC’s own measure, “simple expressions of faith” were depicted positively nearly 70% of the time. By contrast, “institutions and doctrine” negative nearly 50%, as described by the PTC, though several of the references cited fall under the heading of broad comedies, including Fox’s animated shows.

The thing that gets me here is that the PTC has some trouble differentiating between religion itself and the institutions who use it as a stick to get their way in social and political matters. As a veteran of the war the PTC waged on pro wrestling a decade back, that doesn’t really surprise me.

Happy Solstice, everyone.

December 14, 2006

An old friend returns

Filed under: Antiscience,Games — by lahar @ 6:12 am

Ars Technica: Left Behind: Eternal Forces

Ars reviews the Left Behind game and, to everyone’s shock, likes it! Granted, there are a few back-handed compliments (“a relatively harmless and well-done piece of propaganda”) but they say it’s a fun enough game and at the very least better than the books.

You never know, it could actually spur someone to do some good deeds for once. At the very least it could help shut up the losers who say video games are a bad influence. Hey, I did nothing but play video games in my youth, and all that happened to me was that I developed a drastically shortened attention span.

One thing that did catch my eye was this bit from the game:

Hmm…”cosmic, chemical, stellar, and planetary evolution”. Where have I heard that before?

Analysis of Kent Hovind: Six Definitions of Evolution?

Holy crap! It’s our old friend Kent “New Fish” Hovind! Apparently his powers of re-definition and outright creation of scientific terms and dismissal of much of cosmology, astronomy, physics and geology has saved the day once again!

Seriously, it’s like Hovind is the one-stop shop for evangelical anti-evolution arguments these days. It does make planning one’s responses to this sort of stuff easier, though.

UPDATE: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the ever-popular “blame the media” tidbit in the first paragraph, which unfortunately I didn’t notice until after I hit the post button.

December 13, 2006

Screw the Moon and Mars

Filed under: Images,Science — by lahar @ 6:30 am

Bad Astronomy: It’s always a cloudy day on Saturn

I wanna go to Saturn.

This image is so wonderful. I think I see some Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities in those clouds.


Filed under: Satire,The fine art of political discourse — by lahar @ 6:21 am

Sadly, No: Father, son do battle over war

Dear Abby tries to help resolve intergenerational conflicts and international conflicts at the same time.

Here I am!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by lahar @ 6:16 am

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