Review: Sex, Lies, and Statistics by Brooke Magnanti

I originally wrote this review in 2013 for the UK release of the book in question. I am re-posting it here, because the book has now been issued in the United States. The American title is Sex, Lies, and Statistics while the British issue was called The Sex Myth. Having… Continue reading

Blogging Kabrakan/Antithesis, Day 431-433

Hello and greetings and updates from the road! Growing up in the San Francisco area, I learned to hate humidity. Going to the east coast or the south or the midwest meant growing a set of gills. How things change! After two years on the Oregon coast, now that I’m… Continue reading

A Final Service?

The Silent Generation (folks born during the run-up to World War 2) is dying. As a cohort, they were a remarkable bunch. Tom Brokaw calls their parents “The Greatest Generation,” but Tom Brokaw can go suck eggs. This little cohort is the group that kicked the western world into high… Continue reading

The Future Snuck In The Back Door

If you’re not the kind of obsessive geek I am, you might have missed that yesterday the first major accomplishment in de novo life extension through gene therapy got published. This project has been going on for a while, but up until yesterday, all therapies and attempted engineering have either… Continue reading

Link Salad 12/27/10

Time for your vegetables again — these are some of the highlights of my research journeys hither and yon in the great wasteland of cyberspace. Hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Link Salad, Dec. 3, 2010

Time for your vegetables again. Here’s some of the fun stuff that’s flitted across my desk in the last few weeks. Crazy Silly Creative Things To start off with our garnish, you could do no better than watching this 3 minute video about what Welshmen really do with sheep. Don’t… Continue reading

Link Salad 11/18/10

I’m on the road, writing short stories and a little on the novels, and exploring the murky rainy depths of the Pacific Northwest. But it’s hard to get the hang of Thursdays, which is why they’re salad days. Neither fabulous restaurants, nor rain nor bad traffic nor dark of overcast… Continue reading

Paradigms vs. Conspiracies: What’s the Difference?

Last night’s post about the exciting new developments in fringe cosmology provoked some interesting twitter comments. Seems some of the language in the article I linked to (particularly at the end, where it talks about vested interest) reminded some of you of denialist language from one or another favorite science/history… Continue reading

Big Bang Go Boom?

Big Bang contrarians are a dime a dozen, from the crackpots to the respected physicists, like Halton Arp, who like to pick nits at the existing paradigm but don’t have a coherent alternate theory to advance. They’re usually good for an afternoon’s entertainment, but little more than that. Sometimes, though,… Continue reading