Monday, November 9, 2009

Sagan day.

We lost a fantastic advocate of science when Carl lost his battle with cancer. It is his birthday today, so I post this video to celebrate.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

That's just great.

St. Petersburg now has a YEC Mayor.

What the hell kind of country do we live in when ideas that are more than 200 years out of date are still acceptable in a large proportion of the populace? How the hell is it possible in modern times to hold these ideas and not only not be marginalized, but elected into positions of power? Even if he really doesn't believe the Earth is 6000 years old, how on this old, old planet is it politically advantageous to claim "well the last 200 years of scientific advancement are nice and all, and I'm not going to give up my modern medicine or "Dancing with the Stars" or my internal combustion driven car with built-in relativity-dependent GPS, but I'm going to agree with that Archbishop of Armagh from 1625 on the age of the Earth".

What other crazy and out of date ideas does Foster hold? He promised clean energy investment and mass transit. Will he allocate funds for research into the luminiferous aether and phlogiston? Will he implement steam-powered street cars, or is that too new-fangled? Seriously, we're talking about ideas that were out of date before slavery was outlawed in this country.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Florida Gothic

Yeah, I know I should have the fiancee on my right with the implement of destruction between us, but after some serious trimming of an invasive species (the neighbor's Brazilian pepper) I didn't care too much. That saw makes a mean zombie defense weapon, too. Good thing I recharged the battery before Halloween. 18 volts of portable zombie and Brazilian pepper killin' power.