Ricky’s Quick Picks | Inaugural Post


Vanakkam. This is a new column on the Call, and it not only features the handsome face of Ricky the Maine Coon, but will link in further installments to a variety of pro-science sources on various topics, including but not limited to scientific claims, paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, medical controversies, in any event the full range of topics addressed in skeptical and science communication circles.

I will not address purely political or religious claims, only when politics or religion intersect with science, skepticism, or critical thinking. It is not my aim to ruffle feathers, stir the pot, or mix any masala.

Here, I will generally refrain from linking to scientifically and medically questionable sources, only doing so when that’s done in an ethical and effective manner in a way that does not benefit those sources from being linked to from this blog.

This is a roundup of some 5-10 links, presented in a way that allows a snapshot of a given claim in each entry with the best public sources online at the time of publishing. Further entries in this column on the topic will contain corrections and updates as more detailed knowledge on the topic advances and errors in the research are uncovered through peer-review, better science journalism, and replication attempts.

Do not expect any one entry to have final say on any matter, as that’s not how science and skepticism work. All conclusions are provisional, pending newer and better evidence.

This post is featured weekly or biweekly on any one of Tuesday, Thursday or Caturday from here on.

I hope to see you then!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Cat Thursday | Artified Cats


Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This meme is hosted by the True Book Addict!

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Cat Thursday | Rickythulhu Rising


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This week, I’m some photo portraits that have been filtered through Prisma, a few recent shots of Ricky the Maine coon from when he was lounging in my lap during study. These were all taken using the app’s free version.

I’m going to take next week off from blogging, as a recent tragedy with a friend of the family has really put a damper on my motivation. I’m not at liberty to discuss any details, but I wish his family and associates the best, and offer my condolences for this terrible loss. Just thought I’d let you know.

So, heres Ricky, in some of his best recent moments, with his fluffy, majestic self!

And finally, the current wallpaper on my iPad Mini:

So, until the week after next,

Be well. Be safe. Be brilliant as the stars.

Cat Thursday | Ricky’s Belly-Rub


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Cat Thursday | 2017 Ninth Bloggoversary Special


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Hey, all! Today, I celebrate this site’s ninth year since 2008, and a wild ride it’s been. Well, kinda! I’ve experienced times of frenetic posting followed by lapses coming from life issues cropping up now and then, especially for the last few years as I take on a lifelong learner’s task of study! I’ve had highs and lows in my blogging, but here the site remains, and so this morning, nine years to the day of its founding, I end this month’s blogging vacation to resume posting.

But for how long? What direction will the site go since its skeptical origin? I don’t know, but blogging is what I do, who I am, in some very limited way, and so I continue. I hesitate now to call myself a skeptic, as I don’t think myself particularly logical or rational, indeed the very reason skepticism is needed when in short supply! But now I know my biases, my limits, and my weaknesses, and more often now than then can keep those in mind when I must.

But whatever my shortcomings skepticism remains a major element of this blog’s purpose, and so it goes.

Let’s try for at least another year, and together make 2018 just a wee bit more sane than it otherwise might be, and that 2017 was!

I am Troy. I am Troythulu. And here, in this post, I feature cats from each year of this blog’s existence, in all their Overlordships’ furry glory!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Thursday | Dah Bois, Dey R Teh Fluffeh!


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Cat Thursday | Comic Book Ricky & Eccles


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