Year: 2008

  • Happy New Year!

    Indulge me. I’ve already posted two Top 10 of 2008 lists, so I promise this is my last standard end-of-year/start-of-new-year post. Last January, I set some goals for myself. Let’s see how I did!

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  • Afternoon Inquisition 12.31.08

    I’ve always found New Year’s to be an arbitrary “holiday”. For all practical purposes, it’s just another day, with no special attribute that makes it objectively superior for turning over a new leaf. I suppose it’s a good excuse to drink, but those aren’t hard to find on even the most ordinary day. Humans’ love of round numbers has been…

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  • Skepchick Quickies, 12.31

    Terry Pratchett knighted! (Thanks, Steve.) 2008: The year geeks took over. (Thanks, Gabriel.) Not gonna lie – I might one day tell my kid this is why she needs to learn math. (Thanks, Emory.) Oprah’s having bad luck with memoirists: turns out her favorite Holocaust story isn’t true either. From Some Canadian Skeptic, Canada’s skeptic report card for 2008.

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  • Chicago Drinking Skepchickally: Success! (as usual)

    Thank you to everyone who came out to Galway Arms on Saturday night!  The fact that you braved flooding, freezing rain and gale force winds to come out and drink beer with me (or, in some cases, drink pop while I drink beer) is a testimony to how committed you all are to skepticism and my drinking. I’ve received a few messages from…

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  • Afternoon Inquisition 12.30

    I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that I’m a podcast junkie.  Today one of my favorite podcast authors, Scott Sigler, releases his second hardcover book, Contagious. It’s the sequel to Infected, and if you haven’t already, you should read both.  He’s a fiction writer who uses hard science, not the supernatural, to spin his thrillers into an un-put-down-able…

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  • A Steaming Pile by Any Other Name . . . .

    All you marketing types certainly understand the importance of packaging. Seems the undiscerning shopper will often fork over his or her hard-earned money for any steaming pile of crap if it’s wrapped in a colorful wrapper or sealed in a fancy box. Well, our old friends, the creationists (particularly the Discovery Institute), apparently keep a team of marketing gurus on the payroll these days; the idea being that…

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  • Skepchicks in the Steel City…

    Pittsburgh area skeptics, don’t say we don’t get you anything!  Come January, not one, not two but THREE, yes THREE Skepchicks will be gracing your cold frigid miserable lovely city for a visit.  Details are on Facebook – come join Elyse (Keeper of the Buzzed Aldrins), Jen (Honorable co-author of the quickies and other gems of brilliance) and me (Universally…

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  • Top 10 Skeptics Who Kicked Ass in 2008

    As when I was compiling the top 10 jackasses of 2008, I had a really tough time choosing who did the most for skepticism this year. So, I threw the question to my Twitter followers. This is called “crowdsourcing,” which is like journalism for lazy people. The sad thing is that not a single person nominated a single woman, with…

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