6 O'Clock BS: Damn You Minnesoooota

Oh, thyat Minnahsooohta accent.

Image is an xy graph entitled “Why My Old Friends From Illinois and My Family Laugh At Me When We Hang Out”. X-axis title is “Time I Live in Minnesota (Years)”. Y-axis title is “Time It Takes Me To Say Words Containing a Long “O” (seconds). Trendline indicates a proportional relationship between x and y.

6 O'Clock BS: Damn You Minnesoooota
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6 O’Clock BS: Damn You Minnesoooota

Oh, thyat Minnahsooohta accent.

Image is an xy graph entitled “Why My Old Friends From Illinois and My Family Laugh At Me When We Hang Out”. X-axis title is “Time I Live in Minnesota (Years)”. Y-axis title is “Time It Takes Me To Say Words Containing a Long “O” (seconds). Trendline indicates a proportional relationship between x and y.

6 O’Clock BS: Damn You Minnesoooota

Cross-Country Connections: Coffee

Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in very different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Coffee.

Mom is visiting Erin in Washington DC this week, and Erin is settled into her new permanent location of Takoma Park, Maryland.

From me in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

Mmmm…gigantic iced coffee with cream. I eventually fell asleep three days later.

From Erin in Takoma Park, Maryland: 

A coffee-colored otter. Heh, or the face I make if I don’t have coffee before I leave the house in the morning. As you can see, I really stretched the coffee requirement to show off the pics I took at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.

From Mom in Washington, DC: 

Erin and Ralph in front of the “Folgers” Shakespeare Library.

Cross-Country Connections: Coffee

Is violence the only way in this situation?

I felt out of place in a recent conversation about this story from CNN about two women who beat a Muslim cleric who approached them in public because he felt they were not dressed properly:

He told one of the girls to cover up, the report said.

“She responded by telling me to cover my eyes, which was very insulting to me,” Beheshti said. So he asked her a second time to cover up and also to put a lid on what he felt was verbal abuse.

She hit the man of the cloth, and he hit the ground.

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Is violence the only way in this situation?

Extraordinary Evidence Expo This Weekend

At least that’s what I’m assuming they’ll have at the Creation Evidence Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend.

Nah. I’m fucking with you. It’ll be an exercise in failures of critical thought, blind devotion and ignorance of scientific fact (READ: LALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!) and a delectable smorgasbord of logical fallacies.

And Louise Kellar – aka Spa_YediMonster on Twitter – will be there to report on all of it.

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Extraordinary Evidence Expo This Weekend

Pareidolia Play Along 3: The Reveal

This is a post by guest blogger Ellen Bulger.

In this installment, Ellen reveals the answer to last week’s Pareidolia Play Along.

It’s a bee, a blue bee! The genus is Osmia, the species probably pumila. The disk-like thing in the center of the shot is called a tegula and is positioned just above where the wings attach to body. If I’d been the one to name that particular bit of bee anatomy, I would have called them epaulets.

When I took the shot, I thought my oh my, this looks like a painting.

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Pareidolia Play Along 3: The Reveal

Weekend Report

I was hoping to get a lot of writing done this weekend because there is SO MUCH TO WRITE ABOUT! I got exactly zero writing done, but looking back on my weekend, it turns out I did some pretty cool stuff.

Friday night was supposed to be a night of relaxing and hanging out with the Virtual Drinking Skeptically (VDS) gang. Unfortunately, work setbacks trashed that idea. I didn’t have all my ducks in a row and ended up working until midnight 🙁  Long story short, I grabbed some material (calibrators) for a study and forgot to check the expiration date. After doing all of the set-up on Friday morning, I went to use the calibrators and discovered that they were expired. No problem, I’ll just go grab a new lot, right? Ohhhh…so sad for me: there are no unexpired lots left in the freezer. Luckily, my company makes the darned things on site, so I’ll just go over to manufacturing and pick some up. Three hours later…

At some point during the morning’s series of fiascoes I noted with that sort of inappropriate hilarity that often precludes a mental breakdown that I was going through various stages of grief as my Friday night went up in flames.

  • Shock/Denial: WHAT? How the hell are the calibrators expired? What do you mean we don’t have any extra calibrators in the building? How is that possible? I am NOT letting this get in the way of Virtual Drinking Skeptically tonight.
  • Pain/Guilt: How could I be so stupid as to not check the expiration date before I started!? How could I have everything in place and forget that? I haven’t been to a VDS in months and I feel horrible for not showing up and supporting it because it’s awesome and I can’t believe I’ve ruined my evening like this!
  • Anger/Bargaining: How did NO ONE stock calibrators? Why did this have to happen tonight!? Maybe I could use the expired cals and write some sort of justification. No? Okay, if I can just get the study started, I can sneak away and come in over the weekend to finish things up.
  • Depression/Loneliness: This sucks. I hate working late on Friday nights. Everyone goes home to relax and start their weekend and I’m going to be stuck here pipetting samples until kingdom come. Which isn’t coming, so that means FOREVER. I’m not making it to VDS.
  • Upward Turn: Okay… I have new calibrators. The instruments are all ready to go. Let’s calibrate and see if the controls pass. Samples are thawed, time to start pipetting. If I can load 20 samples per hour and I’ve got 149 samples to load… awwww, man. Wait, calm…I can do this.
  • Acceptance/Hope: Okay, there’s no way I’m getting out of here in time for VDS, but I’ll just have to plan to make the next one. And hey, everything’s running well and I’m going to make it through at least half of these samples today. I’ll come back on Sunday and finish ’em up. And I’ll still have all of Saturday. Every little thing… is gonna be alright.

That’s a whole lot of emotion to go through over the course of a day! Like I said earlier, I left at midnight, but I did get to come home to a sympathetic partner and a whiskey nightcap. So that was nice.

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Weekend Report

Cross-Country Connections: Last Minute

Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in very different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Last Minute.

Mom is visiting Erin in her new home in Washington D.C. this week.

From Mom in Washington D.C.:

Taken on Sunday night – Day of the Dead shadow box in the ladies room in Oyamel, the best Mexican restaurant in DC.

From Erin in Washington DC:

Driving around DC on Sunday night, in front of the National Gallery of Art.

From Minneapolis, Minnesota:

My alarm clock. The last minutes of lazing in bed before work on the Monday morning that Cross-Country Connections goes up. Heh, yeah… that’s my naughty toaster wallpaper.

Cross-Country Connections: Last Minute

Pareidolia Play Along 3

This is a post by guest blogger Ellen Bulger

Here’s another cryptic photograph for your rorschaching pleasure. What do you think was really in front of the camera? What might the sort of person who sees saints on a taco see? If you were in a therapists office and this was a polychrome inkblot, what would it bring to mind?

If you want to analyze carefully, based on evidence and knowledge, go for it! If you prefer to extrapolate wildly, hey that’s cool too. If you just want to make outrageous shit up, well it’s not like there isn’t a precedent. Just do it as an art form.

Extra points for making us laugh.

Ready, set, go!

© Ellen Bulger
Pareidolia Play Along 3