Bill Nye’s New Book

Bill Nye has a new book out, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation.

I am constantly blown away by the fervor with which many people want to deny scientific facts so they can continue to live in their fantasy world of miracles and magic.

We need more voices like Bill Nye, who not only can speak more than capably to the facts, but can also express why you don’t need to believe in the supernatural to have a sense of wonder about the world.

This book just jumped to the top of my reading list.

A Look Back at the Seattle Mariners in 2014

The 2014 Major League Baseball season is winding down, so it’s as good a time as any to look back at the Seattle Mariners’ year and draw some conclusions.

Back in April, I wrote this post speculating on what might unfold over the course of the year. Let’s revisit. Continue reading ‘A Look Back at the Seattle Mariners in 2014’

Lies

By all appearances, the Republicans are about to have a very good midterm election — including potentially taking control of the Senate. This baffles and depresses me for one simple reason:  the Republicans are shameless, baldface liars, and voters are unwilling to call them on it. Continue reading ‘Lies’

Posner’s at it again

Fresh off his recent brilliant decimation of bans against marriage for same-sex couples,  last week Judge Posner served up some fresh vitriol against the recent strain of Republican-backed “voter ID” laws. Continue reading ‘Posner’s at it again’

Satya Nadella’s First Big Screwup

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s new CEO, was interviewed on stage at the Grace Hopper Conference on Women in Computing.  This should have been an easy layup; he was being interviewed by Maria Klawe, a Microsoft director and all-around god and reasonable person. Then Satya opened his mouth. Continue reading ‘Satya Nadella’s First Big Screwup’

Posner is my hero

A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down their decision today in the same-sex marriage cases originating in Wisconsin and Indiana. They unanimously affirmed the district court’s rulings that the same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. Continue reading ‘Posner is my hero’

10 Most Inspiring Books

Yesterday a friend on Facebook challenged me to post a list of the 10 most inspiring books I’ve read.  “Inspiring” is defined fairly broadly.

This has provoked 24 hours of introspection; I’ve read a lot of books in my lifetime, many of which have affected me in one way or another.

But here goes with my list, grouped into a few (hopefully) useful categories. Continue reading ’10 Most Inspiring Books’

Louisiana’s coastline: don’t get too attached to it.

ProPublica has a very informative feature on the rapidly shrinking Louisiana coastline. This is another man-made natural disaster, but surprisingly sea level rise from climate change is only a tertiary factor.  The story goes much farther back than that, and could largely be attributed to naïve good intentions in a time when we thought we could hold our dominion over nature. Continue reading ‘Louisiana’s coastline: don’t get too attached to it.’

Vip

Check out this report on Vip, one of the silverback male gorillas at the Woodland Park Zoo, and his recent surgery. Continue reading ‘Vip’

Ebola

 

Ebola is all over the news the last couple of weeks — eclipsing talk of MERS in many places. There is lots of scary reports out there, and plenty of bad information, so it’s probably worth a recap of solid, useful information. Continue reading ‘Ebola’

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