Archive for the ‘Blog Memes and Such’ Category

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

January 27, 2007 3 comments
I am: Arthur C. Clarke
Well known for nonfiction science writing and for early promotion of the effort toward space travel, his fiction was often grand and visionary.

Which science fiction writer are you?

PZ made me do it.

My Blogging Year

December 20, 2006 1 comment

Bora and Janet have done it, so why not. Basic idea is to reproduce the first sentence of the first post over the past year.

  1. I’ve noted before that a significant number of lawyers not only to deny evolution but also appear to think that their training as a lawyer enables them to adjudicate scientific “controversies” (real or percieved).
  2. Some quick blasts as it’s mid-week, I’m busy, and probably wont do much blogging until the weekend.
  3. Still busy here.
  4. I seem to have annoyed someone by the moniker of ‘dlamming’, apparently a graduate student who is interested in yeast.
  5. This more or less encapsulates everything that is wrong with this country.
  6. As I expected, Ed comments on the Washington online poker law that I posted on yesterday, and raises an interesting point.
  7. The Lynch Euro 2006 tour is over.
  8. As I type this, votes are being counted in Kansas in primaries for the State Board of Education.
  9. “Talking in bed ought to be easiest” [This was a Friday Poem]
  10. I’ve been kinda quiet the past few days as I have been part of a team hosting Bernie Lightman (a noted historian of Victorian science) here at ASU.
  11. It the first morning of the HSS meeting here in Vancouver and as usual I spent yesterday evening reconnecting with people.
  12. Today in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation laws.

Obviously February and March were a bit busy and October & November were work-related, but oveall this encapsulates a lot of what happened this year.

Dictatorial Tendencies?

December 9, 2006 Comments off

Chad made me take the Brutally Honest Personality Test:

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Out vile (conservative) spot!

December 5, 2006 2 comments

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 10% Conservative, 90% Liberal
Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Shelley and Chet made me do it.

Today is …

December 5, 2006 Comments off

My ninja can beat up your pirate.

Traitor? Moi?

December 3, 2006 8 comments

I don’t think anyone is surprised by this …

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And I thought I was special

October 21, 2006 5 comments
Logo There are:
people with the name John Lynch in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Apparently, there are just shy of 135,000 Lynchs and there are 23 Charles Darwins. 
HT to Joseph.

Oooh, I’m *that* pink

October 14, 2006 3 comments

As usual, GrrlScientist made me do it. I agree with her in that the questions are a little too simplistic.

You Are 16% Capitalist, 84% Socialist
You see a lot of injustice in the world, and you’d like to see it fixed. As far as you’re concerned, all the wrong people have the power. You’re strongly in favor of the redistribution of wealth – and more protection for the average person.


No surprises here. The Political Compass puts me at Economic Left/Right: -9.5 / Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.31 and the World’s Smallest Political Quiz sees me as being a “Left Liberal” (a group who “generally embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but support central decision-making in economics. They want the government to help the disadvantaged in the name of fairness. Liberals tend to tolerate social diversity, but work for what they might describe as ‘economic equality.’”)

I’ve never been to New York …

October 6, 2006 7 comments

so I have no idea of the significance of this. GrrlScientist made me do it.

You Belong in Soho
Although you may not be a professional artist, you do dabble in one form of art or another.
And you indie culture of all kinds – from little botiques to art house films.

Pure Nerd, baby

September 22, 2006 2 comments
Pure Nerd
73 % Nerd, 26% Geek, 30% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the “dork.” No-longer. Being smart isn’t as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.



Jake made me do it.


For the record, Jake is 86% nerd, Razib 82%, Bora 65%, Dave Munger 86%.

Random quotes and me

August 17, 2006 Comments off

Following a tagging from Janet:
Five random quotes from here that “you think reflect who you are or what you believe.” As Janet did, I just picked the first five that seemed to work … no point in searching the whole database.

Dont make me angry. You wouldn’t like me if I’m angry.

August 14, 2006 1 comment

Busy week here. Teaching starts next week, so this is full of organizational meetings, retreats, syllabus writing, xeroxing, etc. And to top it all, I’m currently laid out with lower back pain. Argh!
Blogging will thus be sporadic for a while, and in lieu of anything significant to say …
You are Hulk: you are a wanderer with amazing strength.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

Friday Free Association

August 4, 2006 1 comment

Here we go again:

Thoughts below the fold.

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July 30, 2006 8 comments

Grrlscientist asked. I answer:

I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

I too had taken this before. I seem to remember having got a slightly lower score. Must be the extra memory in my new laptop :)

8th Grade Science and Me

July 29, 2006 1 comment

A few months ago I passed eighth grade math. Now I’ve gone and passed eight grade science. I feel so accomplished :)

You Passed 8th Grade Science

Congratulations, you got 8/8 correct!

Oh, and question 6 shoud read neutron not neuron.


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