Friday, July 30, 2010

Teach the Controversy

If you want to get me fired up with comments like this:

Fine, each to their own beliefs! But you just infuriate me when you force your backwards mindset onto people who've made up their minds within your belief/faith system and don't share the same ideals as you. At least with the sciences, you can debate and bring evidence into the mix to form a sound hypothesis and demonstrate or provide a better solution to another learned person's theory. Failure in obtaining a desired conclusion to a hypothesis for a scientist only fuels their search for the correct knowledge and allows them to gain more understanding about limitations. The religious appear to suffer under failure (different link to previous) and those who fail are shunned.

Science is evolving (like the dinosaurs did; like humans did; like everything did) and is not stifled by a single book of outdated ideals and rules on how life should be conducted, dictating the person's entire past, present and future. It's adaptive, moving with the times, bettering our existence - whereas religion is stale and can't deal with change even if the change is necessary.

Evolution is both a fact and a theory...
creationism is neither.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Webcomic me this...

For those of you who enjoy reading webcomics in your free time/work time/study time (cos I don't judge - we all lose focus), I have a very short list of recommendations.

1. Tyson Hesse's "Boxer Hockey" is a must-read - you'll fall in love with the character design and even more so with Rittz while being amused by the random comic strips in between the main storyline.
2. Kimmo Lemetti's "Gone with the Blastwave" - if you're less interested in the day-to-day life stories of normal people, then you'll enjoy the bemusing outlook of the Red Team in a warring, post-apocalyptic Earth.
3. Jeph Jacques' "Questionable Content" - if you're not already reading this I am surprised... since it's listed as one of the most popular webcomics with the most views. Relationships with music, literature, and some science references... and a whole lot of drinking.
4. Randall Munroe's "XKCD" - not for the scientifically, mathematically or linguistically challenged... but if you lie awake at night fearing the return of Jurassic Park's velociraptors, I suggest you read.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Movies for kids creates Emos

Is it just me, or has this new generation of children become disenchanted with Disney movies?

They now have to watch films such as Coraline and 9; both harbouring themes which, for young children, are too complex to grasp and instead direct the audience down a darker path (causing nightmares, spending the night in the company of the parents, and may lead to bed-wetting in the extra sensitive child).

I mean, in 9, the characters are similar to the adorable Sackboys from LittleBigPlanet, but in a post apocalyptic world ruled by machines, where all human life has been extinguished and they're the last remnants of the "human soul". This kinda implies to kids that feeling dark and depressed about the world around you is good, because eventually the world will end (but Sackboys will fight, frolic and die just like you did).

! Instant emo child!

(more entertainment for me in shopping centres :) )

Saturday, July 10, 2010

CELLS: for the microbiologist in you

The new time waster for me also happens to be a necessary source of scientific revision :) This is a very "cool" (yet nerdy) free online game for the microbiologist in us all... or the science student who requires unique ways in learning cellular function...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy birthday Goose

It happens to be someone's birthday today... yes, that's you Ben (special enough to elicit a blog out of me). I thought I'd point out the other miraculous happenstances surrounding your birthday some 23 years ago to the day... you know, for reminiscent sake.

During July 9th, 1987:
-- "Light-induced colour changes by the iridophores of the Neon tetra, Paracheirodon innesi" by Clothier, J. & Lythgoe, J.N. was published in the Journal of Cell Science.
-- It was a Thursday

During July 1987:
-- I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston was the number 1 single in Australia for 5 weeks starting in June.
-- Movies of note during July, '87 include "La Bumba", "Jaws 4: Revenge", "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise", "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" and "RoboCop"

During 1987:
-- Susumu Tonegawa won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity
-- Most popular boy's name this year = Michael
-- Most popular girl's name this year = Jessica
-- Most noted cartoons include "The Care Bears", "Smurfs", "Thundercats", "Alf", "Transformers" and "Jem & the Holograms"

During July 9th (any year):
-- Sir George Howard Darwin (one of Sir Charles Darwin's sons) was born this day in 1845. He posed the theory that the moon was once part of the Earth and was the first to mathematically analyse the evolution of the Earth-moon relationship and solar tides.
-- In the Battle of Normandy, British and Canadian forces capture Caen, France during WWII, 1944.
-- In 1816, Argentina declared its independence from Spain.
-- Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves in 1540.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth of July

Jubilant American imperialistic tyranny day!