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New Frontier in Weather Science Emerges, Thanks to Anti-Gay Politico?

A tip of the pen to Fred Clark for bringing my attention to the hubbub surrounding the recent declaration by UK Independence Party (UKIP) politician David Silvester that massive flooding in the UK was a direct consequence of the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation.

Reaction to this claim includes the usual outrage, [...]

Are You Allergic To Exploding Gluten?

Some evidence suggests that, although gluten can explode, the lack of gluten may also result in explosions. The Denver Post warns, for example, of the “exploding gluten-free market”. [...]

The Weight of Inaction is Inactivating

You may notice that over the last few days, I haven’t been really been posting substantively. Big changes are afoot in the worlds of surveillance and campaign finance. American hunger is set to grow as food stamp cuts kick in without an expansion of jobs for the hungry to fill. Faced with these changes, I’m [...]

Business Engagement Vision

You know how you hear social media experts talking about “user engagement”?

I found this graphic on the web site of a company promising to deliver “inspiring vision, understanding, engagement”.

Is it just me, or are these engaged white collar workers reminiscent of Marvin, the depressed robot from A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy? “Here [...]

Decoy Collection

Distracted, I didn’t notice the real set of wooden ducks creeping up behind me.

What a Difference a Period Makes

I came across the following bumper sticker today, and it set me to thinking:

I can’t find where on the web one might actually buy the bumper sticker, but it’s helped me appreciate the importance of the lowly period. Consider:

Or is this placement more appropriate?

Num num num.

[...]

Government Shutdown An Elaborate Coverup Of Plastic-Loving, Car-Driving Aliens On Titan

Another “lapse” in government security over research into extraterrestrial technology goes right down the memory hole. [...]

The 8 Most Pathetic Star Wars Products Ever

The 8 most ridiculous attempts to wring profit out of the Star Wars movies through merchandise. Or 9. Maybe 9. Jedi don’t do math. [...]

How Many Rectangles? Give this Academic a Smart Retort

“I’ve had enough of your smart retorts!”

Ever since the long-retired Mrs. Begy tossed this condemnation at my older brother back in high school, I’ve been looking for more ways to deliver smart retorts to academics. I love learning, mind you, but I find the temptation to derail serious thinkahs is irresistable.

I can feel [...]

My Secret Shameful Pleasure

I admit it: I get a thrill out of sabotaging market research surveys. Something about lying to them gives me an adrenaline rush. [...]

Top 5 Ways To Make a Killer First Impression

5. While shaking hands, stare into the other person’s eyes with intense focus, while darting your tongue out of the corner of your mouth every 5 seconds.

4. Interrupt conversations periodically by turning your head, looking up and to the left, saying, “Stop it, mother! Why can’t you just let me be myself?”

3. Get [...]