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It’s Astro Sam’s birthday!

Since Samantha Cristoforetti (the Official Website Astronaut™) returned from the ISS, we haven’t heard much from her, but at least I can report that today is her 39th birthday, and she got a special cake from a special person:

Whether or not you know it, you’re quoting Shakespeare

From boingboing, Rob Brydon gives us a number of familiar phrases coined by the Bard. I thought I was pretty up on Shakespeare, but many of these were new to me as his own spawn: A similar but more animated video, by Christopher Gaze (artistic director of Bard on the Beach in Vancouver), is here. […]

Most British students favor NUS’s “no platforming” policy

Well, the no-platforming policy of British students continues apace. This time it involves rescinding a speaking invitation to the Donald Trump of England—London mayor Boris Johnson (they’re both clowns, but Johnson’s hair is marginally better). Johnson was set to take part in debates at King’s College London about whether Britain should dissociate itself from the EU. […]

Rick Harrison died

I was shocked to learn this morning that Rick Harrison, an evolutionary biologist at Cornell, died at 70. He had been treated for a form of cancer a while back, but that was a long time ago, and I assumed he was okay. I’m not sure if that caused his very untimely death (he was a […]

After years of denying the Armenian genocide, Cenk Uygur now says he doesn’t know enough about it to say anything

Cenk (pronounced “Jenk”) Uygur is the main host of the online news show The Young Turks (TYT), a popular leftist program that generally has a progressive political slant. I occasionally watched it, but gave up when Uygur started going after New Atheism and espousing a regressive line on Islam, excusing all the tenets of the faith in […]

Oy, am I OLD!

Reader Gary called my attention to this magazine, which is over a year old already. In case you don’t know, AARP stands for the American Association of Retired Persons, described by Wikipedia as “a membership organization for geriatrics”. I get mailings from thm all the time, asking me to join, buy life insurance, etc. I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We don’t get very many submissions of plant photos, and I know we have some botany lovers out there, so enjoy these photos from reader Ken Phelps from the Pacific Northwest: A foliose lichen (Flavoparmelia caperata??) growing in the moss that substitutes for lawn in our yard. An assortment of chocolate lilies (Fritillaria biflora): Camassia quamash […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

April is wending to a close, and although the temperatures have been in the 80s (F) the past few days, they’re going back down to the cool fifties for the rest of the week. On this day in 1584, Shakespeare was baptized, and, in 1785, John James Audubon was born. And, in 1989, comedian Lucille […]

The science versus religion issue in five words

Reader Randy E. found this on tw**er, and it’s pretty funny: Of course “pics” here means “reliable evidence,” as of course there was no photography when most religions arose. But just think how many words theologians have written to circumvent this criticism!

You won’t believe which plant is the hardest one to grow commercially!

If National Geographic and PuffHo can do it, so can I! Anyway, I found this interesting, as I’ve never had the real thing. Click to find the answer:


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