October 2005 Archives

You Are A: Bear Cub!

bear cubBears are strong and independent creatures who roam in the forest in search of food. Bears are usually gentle, but anger one and be prepared for their full fury! You're big -- a classic attribute of bears. Intelligent and resourceful, though lazy at times, you are a fascinating creature of the wild.

You were almost a: Monkey or a Duck
You are least like a: Puppy or a PonyWhat Cute Animal Are You?

Frappr! Map

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I’m stealing the idea from PZ and creating my own Frappr map for the readers of my blog. Go on and add yourself to the map.

Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks, a civil rights hero, has passed away at age 92.

What I find most interesting about her story is not that she refused to give up her seat, but that the entire African American community of Montgomery responded and was able to successfully boycott the public bus system for over a year. Without the majority of their customer base, the buses were unable to run. African Americans may not have had much legal power then, but they did have enough market power to influence politics.

While I work tonight, I’m listening to a CSPAN video involving the DI’s Mark Ryland on a panel discussion.

At one point in a hypothetical, he cites “the Athens (GA) School Board”. Ryland needs to get his facts straight, there is no Athens, GA School Board, and there hasn’t been one in my lifetime. There is a Clarke County School Board.

In fact, there is no Athens, GA anymore. It’s been Athens-Clarke Country for nearly a decade.

Carnivals

A new Tangled Bank and a new Carnival of Education are up.

Fowl

Wildernesse (Tiffany) has an interesting post on chicken bones and Red Junglefowl. Check it out.

Bones are interesting things, aren’t they? I love looking at them. From these bones, I know that the chickens we ate were not adults—the epiphyses were not fully attached. Long bones like femurs and tibia don’t fuse to their epiphyses until we are nearly adults—same for other animals—because the ends of the long bones (under the epiphyses) are where growth occurs, and when we reach our final height our epiphyses fuse to the long part of the bone and growth ends. This occurs in general around a certain age—which is one way forensic anthropologists can tell a skeleton’s age range. For example, human femurs fuse from 18-20 years old—so if you find a human skeleton without fully fused femural epiphyses, then you are very likely to have a juvenile. I’m almost 26, and most likely all of my bones are finished fusing.

Carnival of Education

A new carnival of education is up.

Scientific American Science and Technology Awards 2005 One of the websites I help manage, The Panda’s Thumb, has received a 2005 Web Award from Scientific American. According to the magazine,

If it’s in the media and related to evolution, you’ll find it posted, dissected and debated on this lively and informative watchdog blog. Devoted to debunking all existing and nascent theories related to the anti-evolution movement, the site’s contributors comprise a passel of the world’s most vigilant and passionate biologists, geneticists, students and concerned citizens for whom stemming the tide of creationism and its offshoots is a full time job. The general public can join the fray in the “After the Bar Closes” forum, where political, religious and personal evolutionary arguments are given a full dressing-down by the site’s rowdy, articulate devotees.

Carl Zimmer’s The Loom and Chris Mooney’s The Intersection were also honored.

Serenity

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I saw Serenity today, and it was excellent. Much better than anything that Lucas or the Wachowski brothers have produced. Joss Whedon is a master story teller. The writing, acting, directing, and special effects were all excellent. Seeing the movie makes me want to watch the DVDs all over again. I don’t know if there will be a sequal, but there was room left for one.

I also got to see the trailer for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardobe. It also looked good.

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