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Tim Cook is Gay

Thank you, Tim Cook I almost wrote something like "Tim Cook confirmed what everyone all knew… now let's get back to something that really matters." Yet if you read the linked piece above, he says: In other words: Now let us never speak of this again. On the surface, tweets like these seem to reflect […]

What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast

How to Be Polite

How to Be Polite People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. […]

Like a Girl

I've been guilty of saying this in the past few years, despite having a daughter who might very well have kicked the shit out of the 10-year-old me at lots of things. And I'm aware of that… but it's just so baked in as "something you say" that I've said it without thinking. So, this […]

A hue angle of 270 degrees, a saturation of 50% and a lightness of 40% Eric Meyer is an expert on the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) system used to control the appearance of web documents. He's the author of multiple books on CSS, and the "chaperone" of the css-discuss mailing list. His daughter, Rebecca, passed […]

Physicists Detect Gravity Waves, Lifting the Veil on the Beginning of the Universe. I could have sworn I posted about this before. I guess perhaps not? Fascinating stuff.

How Americans Die

How Americans Die. It's a nice presentation. With some surprising information on suicide in particular.

I'm writing the gist of this in the future by a few days. I just had a conversation with someone I respected. He equated - because his religion compels him to - homosexuality with child molestation. He steadfastly believes that homosexuality is 100% choice, and is never biological. He's quite firm on that point. I […]

Ukraine Burning

I have no clue what's going on in the Ukraine. And now I do.

Myth of the Bell Curve

The Myth Of The Bell Curve: Look For The Hyper-Performers

Michael Sam is Gay

The NYTimes has the piece: N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He's Gay. I'm glad to see that we're moving in the right direction. Even as little as five years ago, this would have been a bigger story than it is today. Asked if he was nervous about the step he is […]

Eric Bangeman reports for Ars: How did we get here? A brief history of the evolution vs. creationism debate. I'm looking forward to the Cosmos show on Fox.

Nye vs. Ham

Creation Debate Recap: Bill Nye Invites Us to Explore the World, Ken Ham Does Not But what struck me more than anything about the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye was the very different posture each took toward the pursuit of knowledge and the virtue of curiosity. More than once, Bill Nye addressed the […]

The Upside of Failure

I once told Carey that Natalie had to "learn to fail." She reacted strongly at the time, basically telling me that I was stupid, and what did I know about failing at anything? I've learned a lot about failing, and it's important to learn to fail. You can't learn how to avoid future failures if […]

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