End of Year Roundup

It’s that time of the year again, the time to complete the end of year blog meme. I’ve done this previously in 2008, 2007 & 2006. Rules are simple – post the first line of the first post for every month.

  1. It has become sort of a tradition for me to present an end-of-year roundup of the “achievements” of the intelligent design movement. [The Year in ID – 2008 Edition]
  2. New data on creationism in Britain. [ID and YEC in Britain]
  3. Last week I reported that AZ Game and Fish had recently captured, collared and released a jaguar for the first time. [Update on Southwestern Jaguars]
  4. A few weeks back, I updated you on the story of Macho B, the male jaguar that was captured in southeastern Arizona and subsequently euthanized due to apparent chronic kidney failure. [Macho B]
  5. Yet another defeat for the anti-evolutionists. [Di Proxies Defeated in Florida]
  6. In a recent document, “The Roots of Intelligent Design” [pdf] posted on their new Faith & Evolution website, the Discovery Institute states: [The Roots of ID]
  7. The Hephaisteion (or Theseion) dominates the hill west of the Agora in Athens. [Hephaisteion]
  8. Apparently, some YECs don’t consider the Sun to be a star [Sun no longer a star]
  9. Last Thursday I was lecturing on Kuhn’s idea of scientific revolutions. [Kuhn & Copernicus]
  10. Jonathan Wells thinks that “duplicating a gene doesn’t increase information content any more than photocopying a paper increases its information content.” [Wells wrong on information … film at eleven]
  11. There’s a big Darwin meeting going on in Chicago this weekend with concurrent science and HPS sessions. [Meanwhile in Chicago …]
  12. On June 21st 1992 I saw Nirvana at the Point Depot in Dublin (with the Breeders & Teenage Fanclub). [In Bloom]

Creationism, carnivores, history of science and grunge.

Early in the year I set some goals, the majority of which were met. I also left Scienceblogs and set myself up here.  Oh, and got promoted. Good year.


TGS #13 now up and running

Skulls in The Stars is hosting edition #13 of the history of science and technology carnival, The Giant’s Shoulders. Read more here. Next month is over at Michael Barton’s blog The Dispersal of Darwin.

End of Year Roundup

It’s that time of the year again, the time to complete the end of year blog meme. Here is last year’s entry. Rules are simple – post the first line of the first post for every month. I’ve omitted my Monday Mustelid, Today In Science and Friday Poem (semi-)regular posts, so it actually means this is the first post for December.

  • January: It’s not like ASU did wonderfully against Texas (losing the Holiday Bowl 52-34), but at least they turned up to play somewhat (albeit not in the first quarter).
  • February: PZ has noted that the boyos over at Uncommon Descent have deep-sixed a comment thread that (rightly) pointed out that he bested DI-fellow Geoffrey Simmons in their debate yesterday (it will be interesting to see how the DI spins this one).
  • March: It’s going to be quite the busy week here at ASU; John Wilkins is in town, as is Richard Dawkins.
  • April: The ICR’s Christine Dao has a review of Expelled online where she states:
  • May: Ben Stein’s anti-science stance continues.
  • June: Someone may have noticed that I’ve been away for awhile.
  • July: Regular browsers will note that things have gone very quiet here over the past few weeks.
  • August: I’ve been away for a few days, spending some time relaxing in southern Arizona.
  • September: Last seven days were busy here.
  • October: I’m going to take a break from this blogging thing for a while.
  • November: ASU has a number of exciting graduate programs in history, philosophy and social studies of science (with particular emphasis on the biological sciences).
  • December: It’s that time of the year again, the time to complete the end of year blog meme. (Whoah! Infinite loop detected)

I got bored and made a graph of number of posts per month over time; red line in 2007, blue is 2008.



Well, what’s clear from all of this is that there’s been a steady decline in output over the year, especially since August. Who knows what next year will bring.

And while I’m at it, here are some of the Sbs roundups: Janet, Abel, John, Greg, Bora, and DM. Mine is the only one with a graph and is therefore more sciency.

The Great Pop-Sci book Project

Via Cocktail Party Physics, a list of popular science books. Rules are simple: Bold those you’ve read in full, asterisk those you intend to read, add any additional popular science books you think belong on the list (I’ll try and do that next weekend, class prep allowing), and link back to Jennifer (who has never read Origin, horror!). Here we go:

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Mmmmmm …. roadkill *drool*


Via Chad, a list of 100 food items. You are supposed to bold the ones you have eaten (55) and strike-through those you’d never try (4).

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If I had a vote, who would get it?

Some of the other SciBlings are doing it, so why not …

My compatibility with the current gaggle of presidential candidates:

  • Kucinich (95)
  • Gravel (90)
  • Richardson (82)
  • Edwards (81)
  • Dodd (78)
  • Clinton (74)
  • Obama (72)
  • Biden (72)
  • Paul (61)
  • McCain (44)
  • Thompson (38)
  • Huckabee (36)
  • Romney (35)
  • Giuliani (34)
  • Hunter (28)

Somewhat predictable, though I’m surprised at Clinton over Obama. Feel free to comment as to your results.

My year in blogging

Last year a few of us did this – basic idea is to reproduce the first sentence of the first post every month over the past year. I’m going to ignore "Today in Science" posts. Let’s see what we got …

  1. What is this mystery beast captured on film in Kayan Mentarang National Park, East Kalimantan, Indonesia in 2003? [link]
  2. Today I ran a workshop for my freshmen on argumentative writing, so this seems appropriate: [link]
  3. As Razib notes, Arthur Schlesinger has died at the age of 89. [link]
  4. Well, we know where McCain’s priorities lie: [link]
  5. Four years ago on this day, Bush declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended." [link]
  6. As Shelley has pointed out, Stinky Journalism has done a take-down on the Hogzilla II photos (see here and here) and has concluded that the hog was not as large as claimed. [link]
  7. Jerry Coyne has posted a reply to Behe’s reply to his original review of Edge of Evolution. [link]
  8. Doing this and only suffering bruises of the liver and lung, stress fractures to vertebrae and a small fracture on the top of one hand. [link]
  9. Apologies to a number of people who had comments held up in moderation in this thread; I’ve only just returned from three days in San Diego and was not in a position to keep an eye on the comments. [link]
  10. The Ballmer Peak holds for all intellectual endeavors, not just programming. [link]
  11. Back from the History of Science Society meeting in DC (well, Crystal City, Virginia actually). [link]
  12. Mark Borrello is a good mate of mine and an historian of biology. [link]

Mysterious mammals, presidential lies, giant hogs, creationism … you know, the usual stuff.