Catching up…

I meant to get online yesterday, but hubby had to work all day so it was just me and the kiddos–so we just played all day and I didn’t bother to get to a computer. Anyhoo, I’ve missed a few things. I know this was linked on a few other of my virtual neighbor’s websites, but in case you didn’t see it, DarkSyde over at DailyKos has an interview with Welsey Elsberry of the NCSE (and a founder of Panda’s Thumb). Like Ken Miller, Wesley is a Christian and a staunch defender of keeping nonsense like Intelligent Design out of our classrooms.

Second, the Challenger disaster. Seed asked for some recollections of it, but since I’ve not logged in since then, I’m too late. You can read their article here. Personally, I was 9 years old. While we’d discussed the mission at school, we weren’t watching it live that day. In fact, nothing was said about the disaster that day at school–I’m not sure if they didn’t know, or if they just didn’t know how to tell us. When I got home after school, I remember piling into the car to go somewhere–maybe grocery shopping, or to get haircuts or something–so the first footage I saw of it wasn’t until that evening. Though I was upset, I don’t remember crying–I think, like many people, I was just shocked and numb over the incident.

Finally, for those of you out there who may have your own science blogs, I also received the survey John Lynch discusses here (and the aforementioned Wesley Elsberry blogs about here). If you received one, check out their comments before sending your answer back.

We’ve been BoingBoinged

Is that even a verb? I know it’s appropriate to say “Slashdotted” and “Farked” and stuff, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard the appropriate term for having a link on boing boing. Anyway, thanks to them for mentioning the Scienceblogs collective on their site, and welcome to folks following their link. Nice to be in the company of sleeved blankets and papercraft sushi. 😀

(Permalink here–thanks redboat)


As of today, Seed’s new science blogs are open for business. (Be sure to check out the list of other bloggers there–it packs quite a punch). To my regular readers, thanks for following me over here, and expect to see pretty much the same things I’ve written about in the past. Y’know, constant Brangelina pregnancy news, Britney worshipping, and lots of discussion of the latest fashion trends.

Yeah. Or, not. (Don’t fear–I search of my previous site brings up zero mentions of either Britney Spears, Angelina, or Brad). What you will find is a lot of science, covering mainly medical/health-type issues, as well as a good deal of general biology posts. You’ll find my series on pandemic influenza (you can also find the links for this on the left at the bottom of the blogroll). A few other representative posts (kind of a “best of” from the past 5 months):

Evolution vs. ID



Public health and policy


Misc. science

Just a sampling of the topics I generally write about. Some of those more directly related to evolution were also cross-posted to Panda’s Thumb, a practice that will also be continued.

Anyhoo, I wanted to say “thanks” to Seed for the invitation to blog here, hi to the rest of the inaugural group, send a shout out to my regular readers and commenters, and introduce myself to any new folks. I don’t have any steaks to offer, so I’ll have to appease you with a virtual feast of science writing instead. Welcome!