Monthly Archives: April 2008

Real Trekkie Tricorder Invented

Real Trekkie Tricorder Invented – Yahoo! News Forget the hyperbolic title, what’s there is cooler stuff anyway. The researchers took a look at what you need for doing something like ultrasound and used good old reductionistic reasoning. You need a transducer, data acquisition, data processing, and image display components. By coming up with a transducer… Read More »

Flunked, Not Expelled: Anti-Evolution Film Misappropriates the Holocaust

Anti-Evolution Film Misappropriates the Holocaust The Anti-Defamation League weighs in on “Expelled”, and they don’t buy Stein and Berlinski’s arguments at all. Anti-Evolution Film Misappropriates the Holocaust New York, NY, April 29, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued the following statement regarding the controversial film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The film Expelled: No… Read More »

Florida: The Press Conference Video

Thanks to Skip Evans of Big Sky Penguin, I’m able to host the video of the press conference held on April 14th. This is still critical information to spread as the Senate considers the two antievolution bills before it. Ann Lumsden, biology professor at Florida State University, makes opening remarks and then introduces the rest… Read More »

The Transmigration of ERV

Abbie Smith is the latest blogger to switch over to ScienceBlogs, taking her ERV blog there. Of course, there’s a tale there. ERV was formerly hosted on “”. Some time ago, Blogger was snapped up by Google. It’s still a large, free blog hosting site. Abbie was already planning to switch over to Seed’s ScienceBlogs,… Read More »

Celebrity Scapegoating

A news report says that actor Wesley Snipes gets a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion. Tax evaders, like Kent Hovind, should do the time their cases indicate. But there’s something extra to the Snipes case, according the the report. “This case cries out for the statutory maximum term of imprisonment, as well as a… Read More »

Michigan: Falconry Bill in the News

Falconers hawk bill to let them continue capturing raptors – Capital News Service – It looks like a bill aimed at dropping a 2009 sunset on a falconry law is getting general support. Getting rid of the sunset provision means that falconers in Michigan can continue to trap birds from the wild under provisions… Read More »

Florida: Open Letter on Learning from History

The “academic freedom” and “critical analysis” bills currently being considered by the Florida legislature are old stratagems borrowed from antievolution efforts in other states. Ronda Storms and Alan Hays have been asked whether “intelligent design” could be taught in science classrooms. Storms and Hays steadfastly refuse to answer the question posed. You have to look… Read More »

Expanded Horizons and Hugin

Over the past weekend, I got acquainted with the Hugin panorama program. This is an open source free application that pulls together several overlapping images and creates a single image as output. It’s best to show an example, I think. Here’s four images from the right-hand side of the output panorama. And here’s the full… Read More »

Flunked, Not Expelled: Watch for the “Mandatory Field Trip” Bump

Remember the “GetExpelled Challenge” kickback scheme? If that is working, we should see some mid-week action in the gate statistics, since weekdays are the likely times for mandatory school trips. My prediction: Christian private school administrators are likely in general not as stupid as the “Expelled” promoters think, and won’t be significantly bumping up the… Read More »

Flunked, Not Expelled: Now Cribbing Answers from Creation Science

Troy Britain has a pair of terrific articles showing the parallels between the “Leader Guide” for “Expelled” and pre-Johnson “creation science”. So when Ben Stein tells you “Big Science” is keeping “new ideas” out of the discussion, ask him, what exactly are these “new ideas”? There seems to be a lot of recycled content to… Read More »

Florida: Steve Gey Sidelined by ALS

John Barry reports that law professor Steve Gey of Florida State University has stepped down from his teaching duties because of the progression of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Gey was involved in the McLean v. Arkansas case in 1981, and has continued to be a staunch advocate of effective science education in public schools. Along… Read More »

Flunked, Not Expelled: Not Even David Springer Buys the Darwin-Leads-to-Hitler Rhetoric

Over on William Dembski’s “Uncommon Descent” weblog, there is an uncommon moment of dissent as weblog moderator David Scott “DaveScot” Springer actually disagrees with weblog owner Dembski over the “Expelled” argument that Darwinism was a necessary element for Nazi genocidal policies. Springer has engaged the claim with a number of criticisms and is not, so… Read More »

Flunked, Not Expelled: Tickets and Ethics

William Dembski is complaining about the people who have stated publicly that they would attend a showing of Expelled at a multi-screen theater, buy a ticket for a different movie, then just slide into the theater showing Expelled instead. Bill has a point, as that does deprive the producers of money from their share of… Read More »

And Now for a Word from Our Sponsor

We’re watching one of these reality-TV shows with someone doing a survival stint in the Australian outback. Our hero was discussing the lack of water, and just before the commercial break announced, “I’m going to have to drink my own pee.” The scene faded to black, and the first commercial came on. It was advertising… Read More »

Flunked, Not Expelled: Train Wreck in Progress

With the revelation that the producers of Expelled did not obtain permission to use a short segment of John Lennon’s song “Imagine”, the premiere of this movie appears to be a train wreck in progress. Given that they reportedly used the snippet about “imagine there’s no religion” with various nasty visual content from Communist China,… Read More »

Someone Was Really Expelled… Chris Comer

So what if the expelled premise worked, but in the opposite direction of what the movie claimed? Turns out that’s what actually has happened. In response to all the fake “lost their job” sob stories in the movie, NCSE has produced a video on YouTube that discusses a real firing, but of Chris Comer of… Read More »

Flunked, Not Expelled: The Expelled Paternity Test

The folks over at After the Bar Closes just keep coming up with great stuff. Here’s an instant classic from “midwifetoad”: The Expelled Paternity Test. It presents a number of graphical representations of kinesin moving a vacuole around a cell and asks which seems to be the daddy of the view seen in the “Expelled”… Read More »

Another Upgrade

I’m somewhere near Dade City, and I just got email that Diane’s weblog had been cracked. So I just upgraded WordPress there and figured I might as well upgrade it here. The upgrade worked without a hitch there. Here, I had a hitch. My customized theme doesn’t play nice with the new WordPress, and my… Read More »