G’day, and happy Sunday! This will be the final post on this site until the 1st of November, when I begin my new blogging schedule. Until then, I’ll be nominally on blogcation while preparing posts for scheduling then. I’ll be posting every other day with one, two, or maybe three entries published during an especially active day.
I’ll be starting a new, limited series of posts entitled Ubi Dubitas… after the Latin proverb “Ubi dubitas, ibi libertas” “Where there is doubt, there is freedom,” as to me, doubt, and the freedom to question, are necessary conditions for good science and free inquiry. This series deals with recent news items and personal commentary on current events from a skeptical perspective.
I’ll continue posting The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup, Caturday’s Astrophenia, and the Fractal(s) of the Week along with other less regular features, with less emphasis on Cat Thursday and Wordless (Weekday). With more time poking around for stuff, I’ll be posting more fractal tutorials, though only for the apps I currently use. I’ll be starting a new series of posts dealing with the parameters of the fractal I generate for other, curious users of those same programs.
There shall be more short fiction, often ranging from 13 to 800+ words per installment, that fiction sometimes being a mix of prose and poetry if I’m feeling especially strange. Lost In Translation will continue, with less emphasis on mnemonics and more on full, multifaceted treatments of individual words and phrases in the three Indian languages I’m studying; Bengali, Tamil, and Hindi.
Time to roll up my sleeves and get to work. There is much to prepare for. May you all have an excellent time for the remainder of the month, and as always,
This week, I’ll post links to some of my favorite blogs for you to visit during my blogcation. Go ahead and check them out!
- Glendon Mellow: Art in Awe of Science
- Ravens N’ Pennies | Christopher Rice’s gaming and writing blog
- Skeptophilia | Gordon Bonnet’s skeptical blog
- Sharmishtha Basu’s Blog (one of her many!)
- Vikram Roy’s Blog
- S. A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic | I consider Stu Barton to be the inventor of the 13-word story, or if not then its most articulate craftsman!
- Doubtful | The Practical Skeptic
- Laughing in Disbelief | Andrew Hall’s blog for anti-theist stuff
- Skeptical Raptor’s Blog
- Ajoobacats Blog
- iMortal | Paul Fidalgo’s Patheos Blog
The Odd, the Cool, the Gnuz & the Science
- Current Extinction Rates of Reptiles and Amphibians (abstract)
- Bill Nye Explains Five Things You Must Know About Climate Change
- MIT System Outperforms Human Intuition w/Algorithms
- From Start to Finish…. The Autobiography of Mark Twain
- Glimpses Inside Secretive Sect after Killings at Upstate New York Church
- Rejoice, Researchers: Court Rules That Google Books Is Not Infringement
- Closest Northern Views of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus
- The Nature of Hallucinations
- Kilogram Conflict Resolved at Last
- Why Insects Could be the Ideal Animal Feed
- Court Imposes Penalties for False or Misleading Claims by Homeopathy Plus and Ms Frances Sheffield
- The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat
- Actor John Hurt (The War Doctor) Given the All-Clear from Pancreatic Cancer
- How is It Possible That Galaxies Are Moving Away from Us Faster than the Speed of Light?
- The Nobel and Chinese Medicine
- Brain Scans Pinpoint Individuals from a Crowd
- Ten Distinguished Scientists and Scholars Named Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
- Devils and Giants: Hexagons Explained
- No, Taking Your Coffee Black Does Not Mean You’re More Likely To Be A Psychopath
- The GMO Corn Experiment
- Paired Lasers Offer an Unprecedented Look at Extreme Matter
- Ideology in Search of a Justification
- The Morning Heresy: Hungry, Hungry Huitzilopotchtli
- Hubble Reveals Mystery Object in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
- Orgasmic Mushroom Story Is a Bit of a Cock-Up
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