PZ Myers in Toronto

I declined a trip to the Florida Ironman this week, so that I could go to a long-awaited event. Last night I went to a lecture by biology professor PZ Myers on “The war between science and religion in U.S. education.” Professor Myers explained that, so far, the courts have prevented creationism from officially being classed as science, but the scientific method and scientific literacy are losing the cultural war.

PZ Myers in Toronto

PZ Myers in Toronto

After the lecture, about thirty people wandered over to a local pub for conversation.

It was a pleasure to meet the famous science blogger after several years of online conversation.

Extreme pumpkin carving

Carving pumpkins for Hallowe’en shouldn’t be a chore; it should be a pleasure and an art. This year’s crop is particularly good: Extreme pumpkins. One relatively new idea is to let the pumpkin dry out or even start to rot.

“The Straight Talk Express just drove off that Bridge to Nowhere”

From Margaret & Helen‘s blog: “The Straight Talk Express just drove off that Bridge to Nowhere.”

I’m talking about the video from the McCain rallies. Clearly we now have proof positive that you shouldn’t sleep with your cousin.

My hat’s off to McCain for trying to set the record straight about Obama not being an Arab, but what does it say about his judgment that he handed a live microphone to Ma and Pa Kettle in the first place? I mean what truck and tractor pull was cancelled to make room for that stop on the Straight Talk Express?

… when a crowd starts yelling “terrorist”, “kill him” and “Arab”… well that is entirely different and it’s time the guys driving this Straight Talk Express started using their heads for something other than hat racks. If you watch Palin doing her little performance at those rallies you quickly realize that she is either too stupid to see or just doesn’t care that her dog sled is going down a slippery slope. We can’t put that in the White House. We just can’t.

Margaret and Helen

White oaks—red leaves

I take this for a sign of global warming. I have not heard anyone comment on this or explain it.

white-oak-red-leaves-2008-1026-pic07, originally uploaded by monado.

Until 1994, the leaves of white oaks in Southern Ontario turned mud brown in autumn and remained so until they fell.

In the long, warm, dry fall of 1995, they turned wonderful colors from bronze to russet to wine-purple. And so they have continued to do so.

Something in the average weather has changed enough to change the chemistry of oak leaves, consistently each year. This is the 2008 crop.

Republican ad I

The Republican party: bringing people together.

Stretchy cats

funny pictures of cats with captions
more funny animals

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