Monthly Archives: December 2007

Another Thing About Windows Home Server

Remember a while back when I talked about HP’s Media Home Server, a way-high-price-point box that runs the Windows Home Server operating system? It turns out that there is something else that might make consumers think twice: it is possible (though it sounds fairly unlikely) to get into situations where you think that you are… Read More »

Relating “Intelligent Design” to Other Religiously Motivated Antievolution is Easy

There is discussion over at “After the Bar Closes” where the issue of whether “intelligent design” creationism (IDC) has a relationship to creation science and other terms for religiously motivated antievolution. Specifically, a commenter there forcefully expressed an opinion that “intelligent design” was obviously different from earlier “creationism”. I wrote the following in response. But… Read More »

That Doesn’t Sound Like Christmas

I’m not as geeky as PZ Myers, darn it, but I seem to recognize a batch of SF movie sound effects. I received 79 credits on The Sci Fi Sounds QuizHow much of a Sci-Fi geek are you? Take the Sci-Fi Movie Quiz

That Time of Year

Here’s a blog post recounting an encounter between a hawk (species unspecified), a chihuahua, and its owner. The owner managed to get the hawk to let go of the dog, though the dog sustained some severe injuries. The comments also bring out some anti-hawk sentiment. A little natural history for you folks: it’s winter now.… Read More »

Texas: ICR is Following the Money

Texas Citizens for Science is all over the emerging scandal concerning the Institute for Creation Research’s blatant attempt to hijack accreditation in Texas for their propaganda machine. Here’s their press release: TEXAS CITIZENS FOR SCIENCE PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 20, 2007 CONTACT: Steven D. Schafersman, Ph.D., President, Texas Citizens for… Read More »

Yecke Leaves Florida Education Position

The St. Petersburg Times has the story. Eric Smith, the new Education Commissioner, is appointing a colleague to the K-12 Chancellor post currently held by Cheri Pearson Yecke. That switch becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2008. What I haven’t seen in any of the various places the story has run is Yecke’s association with antievolution.… Read More »

Sheila Harkins Speaks Out

The Indianapolis Star allows comments about opinion pieces. Sheila Harkins, former school board president of the Dover Area School District, shows up in that thread: Sheila Red Lion, PA It isn’t just opening minds and texbooks, it’s being allowed to question, speek, much lest possibly just mention any alternative to evolution as happened here in… Read More »

Dog Bites Man; Dembski Says Designer is God

William Dembski, in an interview with Focus on the Family: 4. Does your research conclude that God is the Intelligent Designer? I believe God created the world for a purpose. The Designer of intelligent design is, ultimately, the Christian God. The focus of my writings is not to try to understand the Christian doctrine of… Read More »

Texas Citizens for Science Press Release on ICR Application

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 14, 2007 Texas Citizens for Science Contact: Steven D. Schafersman, Ph.D., President 432-352-2265 tcs@texscience.org http://www.texscience.org/ The Institute for Creation Research wants the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to Give ICR Certification to Grant Graduate Degrees in Science Education in Texas The Institute for Creation Research (ICR)… Read More »

ICR Seeks Degree-Granting Status in Texas

The Institute for Creation Research has applied for certification to grant graduate degrees in the state of Texas, through their “Henry M. Morris Center for Christian Leadership” in Dallas, Texas. INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH, DALLAS RECOMMENDATION: Pending Certification Advisory Council recommendation Background Information: The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation, registered… Read More »

Texas Biology Professors Support Chris Comer

The following open letter from many biology professors in the state of Texas supports Chris Comer and criticizes the Texas Edcuation Agency’s action of forcing her resignation. December 10, 2007 To Robert Scott, Commissioner of Education for Texas, As biology faculty at Texas universities1, we are deeply concerned by the forced resignation of Chris Comer,… Read More »

Blackwood’s Linden Farli

Blackwood’s Linden Farli CD, RN, JH, OA, OAJ, TF1, ONYX, UTP3, TDI Born July 2nd, 1993 Died December 10th, 2007 Farli was our first dog, a Vizsla (or Hungarian pointer). Our female Harris’ hawk, Rusty, really enjoyed chasing, and sometimes catching, upland birds. It is hard for a human to effectively work a field to… Read More »