The Issue of Self-Righteousness

Once upon a time, I was a young man in college spending summers in Kansas City where my parents moved. During my first summer there, I wandered into a nearby game store and met a guy who became my good friend until he passed away from cancer about a decade… Continue reading

Still Under the Dome

Somehow, I’m still following Under the Dome, the mini-series based on Stephen King’s novel. There are some really cool ideas in that story, but wow is the execution terrible. Science is magic, and it works just as fast. The characters are cardboard and predictable. The human interaction is unbelievably fake,… Continue reading

Why Sportsball is a Terrible Meme

Geek culture calls it “Sportsball” Over the past few years I’ve noticed at the beginning of football season that the geek culture brings back this sportsball meme. It’s the non-jock segment of geek culture (which is a very large percentage) perpetuating this. It sounds something like this: “One squad has… Continue reading

Doctor Who Regeneration Lists

With the launch of series 8 and the Peter Capaldi era next month, I thought I’d make a few lists about Doctor Who regenerations. I hope you find these entertaining. Regenerated due to old age: Hartnel – Troughton (1 – 2) Hurt – Eccleston (War – 9) Smith – Capaldi… Continue reading

Slide Fire

Several days ago, when the Slide Fire first broke out, I sent out a tweet predicting it to become a very dangerous major fire. By this morning, the fire was expected to be as large as 8000 acres, with almost 850 firefighters working hard to get some containment. Oh no…. Continue reading

On the Predictibility of Christian Fiction

Funny how things happen sometimes. My daughter brings home movie passes from time to time as a benefit of working at the theater. So, just a few hours after writing yesterday’s blog entry about science and faith, I was on my way to see the film God’s Not Dead. I’m… Continue reading

Faith vs Science – We Don’t Believe in the Big Bang

Along with the doubt about human-caused global warming comes doubt in another accepted science axiom. Consider this quote taken from the pages of the Seattle Times, specifically this article on skepticism of the Big Bang. “Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of… Continue reading

Charismatic Scientists

I have been thinking about science education lately. Not the kind you get in school. Rather, the education that comes from watching charismatic men (for some reason it seems to always be men) of science on the television. When I was growing up, we had Carl Sagan, we had Phillip… Continue reading

Climate Change – Initial Comments

Last week, I began a class on climate change through Coursera. If you aren’t familiar with Coursera, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Hundreds of absolutely free classes from major universities. In some cases, you can even pay a fee and get college credit for the class…. Continue reading

Here We Go Again – SB 1062 / HB 2153

Here we go again. The Arizona Legislature, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to pass a “religious freedom” bill making legal discrimination against doing business with anyone who doesn’t comply with a person’s religion. This was in response to a lawsuit filed in New Mexico over a wedding photographer who… Continue reading