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Wednesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Happy Wednesday. An image presented with no comment. It was Bat Appreciation Day yesterday, so in their honor here are some Chiroptera. Flip a picture of bats hanging upside down and you have what looks like an epic dance-off!#BatAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/kGikwv1z5O — Michael Clarke (@Mr_Mike_Clarke) April 17, 2018 Even though this bestiary describes bats […]

Where are the best bagels?

Professor Ceiling Cat is in bed with a sore throat today, feeling grotty, but that’s okay as I have work to do (a book to review for a journalistic venue), and The Boys are out fishing on the boat—an activity for which I’m useless. While browsing on the Internet during a break, I did find […]

A reasoning puzzle– *the* answer

by Greg Mayer So, here’s the answer given by Manil Suri to the puzzle he posed in the New York Times on Sunday. First, restating the puzzle: Four cards are laid in front of you, each of which, it is explained, has a letter on one side and a number on the other. The sides […]

Apalachicola: Day 2

The lazy days of fishing, strolling by the Gulf, and eating continue. On Sunday we took Carolyn to the airport in Tallahassee, as she has to go back to her medical practice in Michigan (she’ll be moving down here next January). In the meantime, here’s the house where we’re staying. Carolyn and Doug have another […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning from a rainy, grey Ireland. At least we are not the only ones experiencing sucky weather. History repeats itself. My son and I today, Dad and me 35 years ago to the day. #kare11weather pic.twitter.com/bxkoDQU914 — Aaron Brown (@atbrown630) April 15, 2018 From Twitter: A fly you probably haven’t seen before. […]

Demand for Catholic exorcisms rise

For those who think that the Catholic Church is becoming saner and more liberal, have a gander at this article from the Guardian (click on screenshot to read it). I’ve reported before on the frequency of exorcisms in the Church (see here for a number of posts), and on the unofficial Vatican exorcist, Gabriele Amorth, […]

A reasoning puzzle– an answer

by Greg Mayer Reader Chris G. sent a video of Steve Pinker explaining the very same problem (another reader also mentioned that he had seen a Pinker talk about it). Here it is. I’ll post my own discussion later today. h/t Chris G.

My interview with Freethought Matters (FFRF)

My affection and respect for the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is well known, and I was delighted to visit there last month and do a few “events”. Here’s one of them: a half-hour interview with Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, the co-Presidents of FFRF, As always, I can’t bear to watch my own […]

City of Manchester are the soccerball champs!

by A. Lone Chipmunk* In the weird world of UK soccerball, the First League champions are the City of Manchester team – often known as Man City, because all the players are men. The City play in light blue shirts, except when the shirts are dark red or a kind of muddy grey-green. They are […]

Apalachicola: Day 1b (fishing)

On Sunday we went fishing for several hours out near the long, skinny barrier islands around Apalachicola. There were four of us, all in a skiff skippered by my old friend and colleague, Doug Schemske (a retired evolutionary biologist who worked on plants). We were told to call him “Cap’n Doug” and to unquestioningly and […]