Archive for the 'So Many Minds...' Category

Welcome to PhysicsPolice.Org

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Welcome to the physics police website. Our goal is to do what governments, universities, and journalists do not do: read the content of articles published by physicists and cosmologists around the world and look for sweeping statements, contradictions, and the biggest crime - not looking for alternatives to explain something that until now has been […]

ADductive Reasoning: It’s time to play “Spot the Errors”!

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

I’m becoming quite fond of the cast of regulars over at AD Central. Here’s the latest post by DdH, quoting a news clipping from DaddyH.
Have a quick look and see if you can spot the errors (logical only this time, I didn’t notice any “typos”), then come back and click below.

OK, let’s have a go, […]

Bashing someone on the Net: a touchstone

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I dropped by the Yahoo! Autodynamics Discussion Group page the day before yesterday to catch up on the latest inanity and noticed that one of the links in a message there, purportedly to a prize-winning essay about Einstein’s theory by a high-school student named Manish Mehta, actually pointed to one by a girl named […]

Ignorance, not Stupidity

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

One of the “semi-anonymous commenters” (people whose comment signatures do not contain a direct link to their own blogs or websites) I have tracked down recently (not the wildlife zoologist over on The Language Guy, or anyone who comments here, btw) has on his personal blog a post concerning ID and Evolution dated Monday, October […]


Saturday, March 4th, 2006

CNN talk show host Larry King has just wasted yet another hour (Let’s face it, Larry’s no spring chicken and has had at least one bypass op, so he may not have a whole lot of hours left to squander) on Sir Paul and “Lady” Heather Mills McCartney. Their cause this time is baby seals.
Look, […]

Presentation is everything!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

I’ve received a reply from the moderators of LINGUIST List re my response on the voices in pottery. Evidently they didn’t like the way I expressed myself:
We appreciate your keen insight into this matter. Thank you for alerting us to this possible hoax and giving us the links to the discussions about the subject.
We […]

Sic transit magister magnus

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

When I logged in to check my uni mail earlier, I saw a post on LINGUIST List announcing the passing of phonetician Peter Ladefoged. He was 80.
I never met the man personally (although I do seem to recall having seen him at a conference once) but we used his book in the introductory phonetics class […]

Scatoblogical connection?

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Are we perhaps seeing a pattern developing here in these posts by Roy, Justin, and yours truly?
Oh dear….

The Ohio country, God’s country?

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Evidently the IDiots aren’t going to give up that easily and the debate is shifting to the Ohio state board of education?
Come on, Ohio, get one right for a change!
If they screw this one up, I’ll seriously consider renouncing my state citizenship.
Well, the 9-8 decision in favor of allowing ID classes (simplistic summary), while a […]

OK, let’s settle this: Beans in Chili or not?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Bob at the office claims that down in Texas they don’t put beans in their chili. I maintain that without ‘em, it ain’t got no right to be called chili. I can’t imagine a chili without a beans…although after the day I’ve been having, maybe that isn’t a good thing….
What do the rest of you […]

When its time has come

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Cool! Road Rage Cards!
Just heard about this site on CNN.
Huh?! Damn…they’re selling them! I’ve actually been considering making a flip-book in Japanese (with reverse versions, no less), to help convey my awe at the abilities of those on the road around me, for about a year now.
Crap. Once again we prove the rule: If you […]

It’s All About Me!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

In a post yesterday Matt at No-sword brought up the narcissism evident in a Canon printer advertisement. I made one of my usual early-in-the-AM flippant comments, but actually the more I’ve thought about it, I see it as just one more piece in the puzzle of the incredible self-absorption I perceive in this society.
Just a […]


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

(No, that’s not a mistake, it’s supposed to look like that!)
Why in the world would someone here in Japan be searching my blog for “漢字検定”? I can’t recall having ever even mentioned this topic. (I’m assuming they were looking for something on the Chinese Character Proficiency Examination…or whatever it’s called in English (if anything) … […]

IDiots at the Gates

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Mike over at The Language Guy is fighting the good fight against Bible-thumpin’ evolution-hatin’ Xian wingnuts and IDiots. He’s got some interesting things to say about language and Linguistics, too.
Mike is good value. Always has been. (If I were to draw up a tree of my academic lineage, Mike would be my father. And Ilse […]

On the futility of final solutions

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

In Dan Simmons’ Olympos, the sequel to Illium, we learn (minor spoilers!) that a some point in the distant past an engineered virus called rubicon killed eleven billion people, 97% of the Earth’s population. The overwhelming majority of the survivors were Jews, leading to the suspicion among later wholly gentile generations (never mind where they […]