In no particular order:
The ultimate in data storage. Scientists have found a way to store digital information in DNA. The storage method is sophisticated enough that all information currently in hard drives could fit into the palm of your hand.
Quote of the day (emphasis added):
“What always interests me about defenders of creationism is how they clearly don’t think of children as people in their own right, but instead property that you use to enact your ideological obsessions.”
I personally would edit that quote to include the entirety of the rotten parental rights movement. Those people really do see their own kids as enemies and who’ll do anything to prevent those children from thinking for themselves and not being a projection or perfect reflection of the parents. Libby Anne at Love, Joy, Feminism has emphasized this point multiple times.
Solar power is well on its way to becoming cheaper than coal. It might reach that point before the end of the decade. This is important, as it would eliminate much of the point of burning coal, which is important for climate change mitigation. (It’s still better to start today, however).
I fully agree with these suggestions on how to write a better fantasy story. (Via all these people).
Did you know that (supposedly) the committee of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women supposedly “Told Libya to re-interpret the Koran in the light of CEDAW”? To rational people, this is an excellent reason to support the CEDAW. But, Echidne found out, wingnuts actually use this as a justifiation for opposing the CEDAW. To their credit, at least they’re honest.
Two of the comments on a post on Brute Reason have won awards. You just have to see them.
And yes, I did manage to read and finish what is visible of the first comment. It starts repeating itself part way through Can’t it be all new woo?
This post has been edited since publication.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog, and I’ve decided to share it.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.
Click here to see the complete report.
Today is the big 04, as it is my fourth blogiversary. It’s a whole four years that I’ve been blogging about anything worth talking about.
I’d like to thank all my readers on this occasion. Whether you’re a commenter, subscribe to a feed or with a reader, or are just a lifelong lurker, thank you.
[TW: Anti–Semitism, misogyny, homophobia]
While looking for something else entirely, I came across this disturbing blog. It’s called Santorum 2012 and self–describes in its Twitter feed as “A blog in support of, but not affiliated with, Santorum for President.” Considering that this blog’s Twitter feed says “All RTs [that is, retweets] are endorsements” (my interpolated note) and that some things originally tweeted by a member of Westboro Baptist Church (Fred Phelps and his ilk; the people who protest at soldiers’ funerals) are retweeted (that is, endorsed), I think I’ve found out all I need to know about this person. The fact that WBC are serious in their homophobia makes me pretty certain that this blog is not a Poe.
I’d like to draw me readers’ attention to one particular post. It’s titled “Plan B is nothing but ‘Plan A’ for the Immoral“. The topic of that post is criticizing the support that the women on The View have for birth control. The complete text is as follows (my emphasis and parenthetical notes):
In the town where this blogger was raised, five or more women under the same roof is considered a brothel (according to Snopes, this is false). So, it’s not surprising that the ladies on “The View” are supportive of birth control methods, including abortion and Plan B. Not only are these women typical immoral ‘feminists’, they are also, in some cases, Lesbians and/or Jewesses…. (Last sentence asking people to watch a video in that post omitted).
Rather that attempting to come up some legitimate argument to make, this person attacks the women of The View because they are female, feminist, lesbian, or Jewish.
Misogyny, lesbophobia, and anti–Semitism, all in one post.
After the jump are screenshots I’ve saved in case this person tries to delete their post.
I am glad to announce that I am back from an involuntary blogging hiatus. My old computer died, and I have finally gotten a new one. This means that I will be back at blogging.
Today marks the end of two years blogging about whatever is worth talking about.
As I have no intention of stopping, to celebrate the start of year 3, I’d like to thank all my readers and commentators.
Thank you, everyone.
One thing I noticed is that I gad published eleven posts so far this month (excluding this one). That’s more than the previous two months put together. How things vary and vary.
Alert readers will also notice that I recently updated my blogroll and organizations list. The organizations are taken from the resources list in Jessica Valenti’s fantastic book, Full Frontal Feminism, which I read over the past week. Thank you for the resources, Jessica.