A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Well Joshua is back with his second installment of  “How Conservatives Can Reclaim Science”, and still no science.  When I first read Joshua’s second article I didn’t think much of it, for he had very little to say about science.  Then after a second, more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken and there is ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Well Joshua is back with his second installment of  “How Conservatives Can Reclaim Science”, and still no science.  When I first read Joshua’s second article I didn’t think much of it, for he had very little to say about science.  Then after a second, more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken and there is ...

Dead Wild Roses: Mars: The Death of a Planet

I’m tired and not braining much today, so sit back and enjoy this astronomical short on Mars. 🙂   Filed under: Science Tagged: Death of a Planet, Mars

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Transportation

Back in 2014 I gave up my car.  It was mainly due to very limited cash flow, but also desire to be more eco-friendly.  While I was still living in Toronto, getting around was not an issue. Public transit, cycling and walking worked just fine, and in many case it was far less time consuming ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Transportation

Back in 2014 I gave up my car.  It was mainly due to very limited cash flow, but also desire to be more eco-friendly.  While I was still living in Toronto, getting around was not an issue. Public transit, cycling and walking worked just fine, and in many case it was far less time consuming ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Transportation

Back in 2014 I gave up my car.  It was mainly due to very limited cash flow, but also desire to be more eco-friendly.  While I was still living in Toronto, getting around was not an issue. Public transit, cycling and walking worked just fine, and in many case it was far less time consuming ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000008 – The RWNJs at The Rebel Is Going To Do Sciency Science

Oh God, the impending hilarity that is going to ensue with this series from Joshua Lieblein at The Rebel Media.  Yup they are going to reclaim science for Conservatives and be like all sciency I guess.  So who is Joshua Lieblein?  I guess we should know who we are dealing with first.  Jashua is; A ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000008 – The RWNJs at The Rebel Is Going To Do Sciency Science

Oh God, the impending hilarity that is going to ensue with this series from Joshua Lieblein at The Rebel Media.  Yup they are going to reclaim science for Conservatives and be like all sciency I guess.  So who is Joshua Lieblein?  I guess we should know who we are dealing with first.  Jashua is; A ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000008 – The RWNJs at The Rebel Is Going To Do Sciency Science

Oh God, the impending hilarity that is going to ensue with this series from Joshua Lieblein at The Rebel Media.  Yup they are going to reclaim science for Conservatives and be like all sciency I guess.  So who is Joshua Lieblein?  I guess we should know who we are dealing with first.  Jashua is; A ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall’s Beef With A&W is 100% Bull Something

.@PremierBradWall 100% Canadian, growth-hormone-free milk will never be back after #TPP is ratified. That's okay with you though? — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 10, 2015 “TPP would allow milk from cows receiving hormones into Canada U.S. allows bovine growth hormone currently banned in Canada” Unique to the TPP is the prospect of fluid milk crossing ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Day Two of the The Rebel Media E-FLAP

Well, The Rebel Media doesn’t disappoint.  It is now my second day of E-FLAP, Ezra Fabrication, Lies and Propaganda (E-FLAP) and we already have two more additions to the catalog.  First we have a Rebel Blogger Sid Camus and his hit piece on marijuana, it has AUTHORITATIVE STUDIES (you can see where I am going ...

Scripturient: What KIC 8462852 Says About Us

KIC 8462852. Hardly a household name. But it may be, one day soon, or at least when it garners a more prosaic name. It’s a star and it sits rather forlornly in space in the rightmost edge of the constellation Cygnus, almost 1,500 light years away. And although it’s too dim to be seen by the naked eye, it ...

Things Are Good: Canadians: Support the Science Integrity Project

Polling opens for the Canadian election on October 9th with the final day to vote on the 19th. This election, the organization Evidence for Democracy (and many more!) are asking you to vote with science in mind. The Canadian Conservative party blatantly ignores scientific facts in their policies and this has led to some horrible ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why It is Impossible to Tune a Piano – The Case for Temperament

I’ve read about somewhat arcane nature of piano tuning and the various temperaments used through the ages, but Minute Physics succinctly describes what is going with all the math behind the production of sound. From Wikipedia: Many factors cause pianos to go out of tune, particularly atmospheric changes. For instance, changes in humidity will affect ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Climate Change Deniers

The scientific community is in near unanimous agreement on the issue of human-caused climate change: so much so, that there is not a single serious scientific journal which will now publish a paper denying human-caused climate change, since it is viewed by the scientific community that the debate is over, considering the mountain of evidence ...

Terahertz: The Big Bang Theory is ruining science

When The Big Bang Theory first premiered, I watched it with a lot of hope. It had science script checkers and sought to bring the nerdy culture of physics into the mainstream. My wife (then girlfriend) and I started watching it while we were both undergrads – me in engineering physics and she in physics. ...

Dead Wild Roses: Twelve Minutes on Neuron Stars – PBS Crash Course

Yes, this series is purposefully very user friendly – but it does cover some new stuff  – who knew about Magnetars?   You will. 🙂     Filed under: Science Tagged: Astronomy, Crash Course, Neutron Stars, Science

Things Are Good: Why Science is Important in Democracies

Canada is in the midst of an election, and it’s a close one. The anti-science incumbents have spent a lot of effort muzzling scientists in Canada as they pursue their environment-destroying goals. Why does this matter? In a democracy it is necessary to have educated debates about issues instead of baseless opinons and flat-out hearsay. ...

Scripturient: Fortuna: Why Plans Fail

Niccolo Machiavelli used two words in his book, The Prince, to describe the factors that influenced events. In English these are virtue or character (virtu), fortune or chance (fortuna). Only virtue is internal – our nature – and although it manifests as voluntary action, it can only be somewhat, but not entirely controlled.* The other ...

Dead Wild Roses: Correlation and Causation – Things one should know.

Well, it never hurts to reinforce an important concept, especially one that many people miss or gloss over when the argumentative fur starts flying. Filed under: Education, Science Tagged: Debate, How things work., Science

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice -You’ve Never Seen a Ghost (Holy or otherwise).

The universe is an amazing thing. While you are “sitting still” reading this post, you, me, and everyone else are hurdling through space at an unfathomable speed. This is almost as amazing as the fact that we, for the most part, don’t even notice that we’re doing it. The Earth rotates 1,600km/h at the equator, which ...

Dead Wild Roses: 3 Simple and 3 Not So Simple Ways to Time Travel – MinutePhysics

I love these vids. 🙂 Filed under: Science Tagged: Minute Physics, Science, Time Travel

Dead Wild Roses: Because words matter: Differences Between Sex and Gender

   Every once and awhile something good bubbles up from the seething mass known as tumblr.  This is a good summary of what sex and gender are and how they interact in our society.   “It seems like on here at tumblr there’s a lot of misinformation going around. people are using sex and gender ...

Dead Wild Roses: Horse Facial Expressions?

More research required, but an interesting video non the less.  Plus, what better to appease the rabid horse fans that populate DWR. 🙂 Filed under: Science Tagged: Facial Expressions, horses

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots By Accident or On Purpose?

It’s There are companies like Lockheed Martin making autonomous killing robots, and there are companies like Google making self-driving cars (which kill people by accident or poor design). At least cars don’t tend to kill on purpose, and the Google self-driving car hasn’t had a deadly accident (or one it caused, of any kind). So, ...