Stupid fucking summer colds. Geology, adventures et al will be on hiatus until I stop feeling like I need to take a pipe cleaner to my chest.
I’m hard at work on quite a few Sunday Sensational Science posts at the moment, all springing from my recent trip back home. Arizona’s got lotsa science. And most of it is stuff that I could whip up something off-the-cuff for, since I’ve got plenty o’ Arizona science facts rattling around in my brainpan. But I decided I want to go in-depth. I want to take the opportunity to learn more than I knew before. And there’s one billion or so photos to sort through. So, nothing sensational just yet.
In the meantime, let me point you to a few posts that aren’t science at all, but were interesting nonetheless, and at least contain elements that kinda sorta resemble science.
There’s Vagabond Scholar’s Diagrams of Conservatism, helping us “Visualize the Insanity:”
For the one or two of you who don’t read Pharyngula, I’d just like to point out his discussion about atheists and society:
There is a strange correlation: most of the atheists I know are straight, yet when I post a pointless poll like this one, I know with near certainty which way the godless hordes of Pharyngula will try to skew it.
It goes further, too. We atheists tend to strongly favor women’s rights and equality in the marketplace, yet only about half of us are female. I could bring up an article like this one, in which conservative democrats demand that abortion services not be provided under universal healthcare, and I know how most of the progressive godless readers here will respond: with anger.
And he’s right. The yes votes currently stand at 93%. I imagine our concern for social justice is just one of the many reasons religious right frothers hate us so.
For those of you wondering what that recent spike in gas prices was all about, here’s a possible answer:
A rogue oil commodities broker was caught manipulating a spike in world oil prices forcing his company to eat $10 million in losses. The disclosure occurred Tuesday when the price of crude oil reached a year’s high $73.50 a barrel at a time when the U.S. posts its highest demand on gasoline for the summer vacation season. By Thursday oil prices fell to $66.50 a barrel, down almost 10 per cent from Tuesday’s peak.
As that post points out, this isn’t the first time we’ve been shafted like this.
For those of you wondering what the “science” element was in that last one, well, economics is a science.
And that’s just about enough for a holiday weekend.
You should all be diligently working on your submissions for COTEB, you scurvy dogs. And I’ve been too busy press-ganging to whip up a post for this Sunday. Alas, that means even the heroic crew members who already made their contributions suffer a lack of sensational science this week.
See how it is when you make a pirate lawyer cry?
I’ll give you one little science tidbit: according to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel, the most likely explanation for why Europeans had nasty epidemic diseases while Native Americans didn’t was that Europeans had more livestock. Makes perfect sense, really, considering so many of our diseases come from animals, and is a concept easily illustrated:
Due to the vagaries of training and long calls, Happy Hour’s delayed today, my darlings. I’ll post as soon as I get home. From the brief glance I got at the political news, there’s just too much burning stupid for mere skimming.
In the meantime, remember to get your COTEB submissions in to [email protected]. Don’t make Captain John upset by missing the boat.
In the meantime, you’ve got COTEB to keep you company, as well as a plethora of excellent blogs around the intertoobz. If you come up with any new and wonderful finds, let me know in this thread.
Normal posting will (with luck) resume on June 17th. See you then.
¡Hasta, amigos y amigas!
(Postdated for any late arriving patrons)
Catching up with ye olde parents, which is why there’s been nothing going on round the blog. I’ll have a few things up later today, my darlings.
Thank you for your continued patience. ;-)
I’m going to be trapped in an all-day training extravaganza today. This means no internet access. Which means Happy Hour may be extremely late.
I’ll catch up as soon as we’ve returned from our undisclosed location.
In the meantime, check out this awesome upset at the Kentucky Derby:
Fantastic. That’s why I love horse racing.
We’ll resume our regularly scheduled blogging tomorrow.
I just realized it’s Sunday. We’re supposed to have Sensational Science. But to give you an idea of how far my brain has shut down, I forgot what the time difference is between Washington and North Carolina, thus leaving my best friend twiddling his thumbs for an hour while I scampered here, there and everywhere looking for those 1,001 items that you didn’t know you needed until you moved into a new place. Every weekend for nearly two decades I’ve been calling this man, and yet I forget what time it is. Gah.
I’ve been trying to scan the political news, and can only get through a few sentences before my brain tries to crawl into a corner and die. Trying to unpack over 30 boxes of books on top of the usual household implements will do that to you.
In better news, thanks to the kindness of a strong friend, I do have a new microwave. You don’t realize how much you rely on those damned things until you haven’t got one.
Things will return to normal shortly. In the meantime, don’t forget to check in at Z’s place later for COTEB XI.
Thank you, Ron Britton, for finding the Lolcat that sums it up so superbly:
Still. I should’ve hired someone to pack the damned books.
Posting is likely to be light-to-non-existent today, depending on when the Comcast guy gets me hooked up, and how well the move goes. Please accept my profound apologies for not having something set up in advance, and consider this your opportunity to write something brilliant for the next Carnival of the Elitist Bastards, which will be sailing from Captain Z’s place this weekend.
See you all from my new location.