February 2007 Archives
It’s been two weeks, but I have my server up and running again. I’m still doing some things to it this afternoon, so expect some minor down time.
I went to UNC Chapel Hill yesterday and gave a presentation to an honors seminar about evolutionary biology. (You can download handouts of the presentation here.) The seminar was organized by an undergrad and is covering the culture wars of evolution and intelligent design creationism.
My job was to, in a short amount of time, explain the basics of evolutionary biology (mostly popgen) to this group of mostly humanities students. The goal was to give them some foundation in evolutionary science to prepare them to evaluate the claims of intelligent design activists. Luckily they were honors students at UNC and were quick on the uptake. It was a pleasure to go through my slides and answer their questions about the mechanisms of evolution.
In the end I felt that a majority of the seminar “got it”. I hope it sticks.
Last night I got an email from the student organizer thanking me for sharing my knowledge with the seminar. He told me that the students learned a lot about evolution from my presentation and the discussion. I’ve also been invited back for another time, and I may take him up on his offer.
Feel free to borrow any of my slides for Evolution Sunday or Darwin Day presentations. However, the presentation is actually much longer than 30 minutes.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino called Aqua Teen Hunger Force “a failing show” earlier in the week, continuing to dig himself deeper into his stupid hole.
The signs were a promotion for Cartoon Network TV show ”Aqua Teen Hunger Force,”
Yesterday, Menino promised to sue Turner Broadcasting Co., the Cartoon Network’s parent company, and criminally prosecute Berdovsky and anyone else responsible for the devices, and to petition the FCC to pull the network’s license.
“This is outrageous activity to get publicity for a failing show,” said Menino.
A failing show? A failing show? Menino needs to talk to his college interns. ATHF is far from failing. In fact, on March 23rd, Adult Swim is going to release its first movie: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres. Take that Boston.
If Menino had any sense about advertising, then he would have noticed by now that the “scary” lite-brites had nothing to identify the show if you weren’t already familiar with it. That is hardly the type of advertisement that one uses to publicize a failing show.
Today it snowed in Raleigh, the second time this year. About half and inch fell this morning but is mostly gone after it warmed up this afternoon. I went out and took pictures of my back yard this morning while the snow was still there.
Our cat Isabelle (the orange one) went outside with me and decided that she’d have an adventure. She ran off the deck, into the snow, at which point I had to go inside to put on some more clothes to chase her down in the snow. When I got back out side, I expected her to be under our deck, but instead she’d run under the neighbor’s deck. And to make matters worse, the door to the neighbor’s crawlspace was wide open. Of course, I freaked out and starting fussing at Isabelle to not go into the crawlspace. Of course, she did it anyway.
I spent the next five minutes under my neighbor’s townhouse, trying to get Isabelle to come out of the crawlspace. No dice. I don’t know my neighbor’s well; they are three coeds at NCSU. I was worried that they might spot me and think that I am some crazy, eight-am prowler.
So I left Isabelle in the crawlspace and went back inside to get a flashlight. When I got back, I was able to use the flashlight to get Isabelle to come to me, and I promptly pulled her out of the crawlspace and tossed her inside our house.