Happy 200th Anniversary of Darwin!

February 12, 2009

Today is February 12, Darwin’s day (hat tip skepchick)! It is the day the man who came up with the theory of evolution (he did have help, of course) was born. I also give kudos to Alfred Wallace who came up with the same idea shortly after Darwin. Now, evolution as we know it today has evolved (haha! pun intended) over time and have been modified to fit data. Even then, the core idea has survived over a century, which is natural selection. Basically, it says that species evolve because every organisms have the capacity to overproduce and tax the resources, but each organism born is slightly different from others. Those with traits that enable them better survival will allow them to pass on their genes into the next generation, and over time, the species will adapt to the environment. This theory is remarkably simple, yet at the same time, it is not obvious until you have known it. Then, it will seem obvious, and you will think “duh!” Anyways, this theory is really cool, it basically explains all life and why they are that way.

Anyways (argh! too much anyways!), as a celebration, I give you this blog, which as you can guess by the name, blogs on the book Origins of Species.

Oh, and I love this quote from Darwin, since I can relate to him: “I have tried lately to read Shakespeare and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.”

Game Politics

February 11, 2009

I am an avid game, well, with school work not as much as I used to, but I try. I like to keep up with gaming news, so I go to a few gaming web sites occasionally. This one, gamepolitics.com is really good, excellent. It is basically about what happens when politics and videogaming mix. (well, that was kind of duh) There are things like:

Do online games make better citizenship? It links a researcher’s blog, Constance Steinkuehler, she reseraches on online games. (how cool is that!)

This woman and researcher Cheryl Olson and idiot attorney Jack Thompson will appear in Penn and Teller’s BS! on videogame violence.

And some dumb political manufactroversy by the always idiotic media about racism in Resident Evil 5. Though I admit, Eurogamer does have a point, since it is placed to ethnic groups that has long been misrepresented as savages. (jeez, I don’t know, perhaps black zombified people who have lost all ability to reason, you know, thanks to mutant viruses, you know, can’t possibly be violent too! You know, in RE4, the main guy is crushing a white dude’s face, you know, perhaps, I don’t know, you know, he is just a zombie, you know, who lost all humanity! Ya know? Nah, that can’t possibly be it, you know.)(By saying “you know”, I am just imitating normal speech. :) )

Anime Written by Someone on Crack: Serial Experiments Lain

February 11, 2009

…or some sort of psychogenic drug, for I don’t know how anyone could have written something like that. Anyways, I have recently watched all of the episodes, and I thought it was really good. By the way, this is kind of like a review, so if you don’t want spoilers, you should stay away, and get to watch all of the episodes first.

I have recently wanted to look for an anime to watch, since I haven’t watched one for a long time, and I needed some fixing. Then, I remembered hearing about it on TV a long time ago, so I randomly decided to watch it. The intro of it is really nice, it has a good music to it, and it fits to the atmosphere of the show.

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Picture of Annular Eclipse

February 5, 2009

Remember the post where I said there would be an annular eclipse? Well, there was a week or two ago, and there is a really cool picture:

(hat tip: universe today)

Cool Rays and a Carnival

February 5, 2009

In the blog  “Living the Scientific Life,” I found a really cool picture of rays:

I also found this through the link on the picture:

Way too cool to not be posted.

Finally, I thought I would leave you with informative reads in the carnival of evolution.

The Most Tiring Letter Ever

February 5, 2009

Imagine getting this for your e-mail. I would kill myself. PZ Myers, though, has the ability to resist stupidity without losing IQ points. That is a miracle all by itself. Go and read it, it is long and tedious, but funny and stupidly ironic. I warn you, though, your brain might not come back to the way it was. I read the entirety of it, and I almost got brain dead.

Rainbow Challenge

February 3, 2009

Update: Now that I felt like posting up the answers to these, yep, they are down there.

This is the n’th edition of *drum rolls* Pop Quizz! A quizz in which the answers are not obvious and if it is obvious, and you get it wrong, you are rebuked at!!!

Occasionally, I will occasionally ask a question, and the reader will answer them! For every wrong answer, I will consider one of your comments a spam. Ha! See how you like that suckers! (I am kidding, of course) Sometimes, a wrong answer won’t invite rage, some really obvious one will, and you will be called an idiot if you can’t answer the obvious one. In fact, I may have to make an extra page on my blog for the lists of idiots. :)

Now, remember that post about rainbow, and how I told you I was going to quizz you about it? Well, this is it. Now, everything I am about to test you on is in that post. Really, I swear, E-VERY-THING. So, unless you are an atmospheric scientist, I highly recommend you go to that post and watch the lecture from MIT’s Walter Lewin. Now, once you have looked at it, you can begin. Read the rest of this entry »

Larger Peak in Traffic

February 1, 2009

Wow, I am like four month in, and I got around 547 viewers in January! This is like 100 viewers higher than my previous record! Not only that, since my third article about debunking “Our Undiscovered Universe,” traffic seems to come consistently, often in bursts of 10s and 20s almost everyday, I wonder why? I hope this doesn’t stop. :) Also, my most popular post seems to be the calculus one. What the heck? I wonder. I never thought people would be that interested in math. But that is cool with me. ^_^ Anyways, here is proof of my traffic:

I rulz!

I rulz!

The Forgotten Carnival of Space…

February 1, 2009

… and the new one. They are number 86, 87 and 88.

Plus, as a bonus, I have decided to add the 104th edition of the Skeptic’s Circle.

So, now that I made the update, we are cool, right? ^_^


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