The firing of Adria Richards this week has something to teach us about power, and how it can backfire. Ms Richards took offence to some off-colour humour she overheard at a PyCon programming conference at Santa Clara California on Sunday. She photographed the perps, and posted the pics to twitter, along with her opinion of their … More Donglegate: Adria Richards, Dongles and Burqas
Dawkins is not an atheist, he is a rabid anti-theist, which is something altogether different. In fact, Dawkins is an embarrassment to atheism. Articles like this are easy to find: http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/504646-richard-dawkins-is-an-embarrassment-to-atheism This article, by Mark Wallace — found on richarddawkins.net — begins: “I’m an atheist, but I increasingly find that Richard is becoming a costly … More Richard Dawkins an embarrassment to atheists
We like to think that the universe is consistent, but do we really have any evidence for this assumption? On the contrary, we seem to have evidence for the contrary. Case in point: Where is my coffee substitute? It’s not in the cupboard, and I know we have some — a brand new can of … More Do objects wink in and out of existence?
This article will be short and sweet. Youtube has recently become populated by numerous videos depicting a ball of light descending on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on January 28, 2011. Actually, there were only four videos, and various remixes and combinations of them. Now there is a fifth: mine. But, really, all … More UFO over Jerusalem?
By now, many have heard of the so-called human aid flotilla that challenged the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. Now, parody is a powerful tool. It’s been said that the Pope laughed at Erasmus’ In Praise of Folly. Yet it’s been also said that this work was the powderkeg that Luther ignited, setting off the Reformation. … More YouTube removes flotilla choir video
I’ve been chasing the elusive Maui Onion for decades, and have recently been closer than ever. But first, some history. Decades ago, I went for a job interview at either the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver or the New Westminster Quay in — you guessed it — New Westminster. I don’t remember which. The job … More Maui Onion Festival: a secret event for the elite?
CBC.CA has outdone Fascinating Tales with Tuesday’s feature: Is swine flu’s name hogwash? I wish I had written this. If this article had appeared on Fascinating Tales, it would have been so obviously a fabrication. Truth, again, is stranger than fiction. As is often the case, the reader comments are half the fun. Give the … More CBC.CA Trumps Fascinating Tales