Saturday, September 27, 2008

Goat report, 9/27/08

Three goats for the price of one:

1) The winner of the goat throwing contest should definitely get some Flying Goat coffee, if not some wine.

2) Good to see that the world of science has finally begun to take a look at horny goat weed.

3) If you're gonna climb a mountain, why not take your pet goat along?


Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Happy National Punctuation Day?

Hadn't heard about this one. We used to check out Earth Calendar for interesting holidays we could use as party excuses but this one doesn't even show up there. Perusing the site, I was very excited to see that I'm not alone in my support for the serial comma.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

A well trained babygoat

I was very proud of myself about a year ago when I discovered that babygoat had somehow taught herself to go fetch my shoes when she heard me wonder aloud where they were. I do take credit for it despite not giving her any explicit training in this direction. This week we've learned of something else she's learned very well from her father: whenever she hears a bit of flatulence and is subsequently asked "Who did that?" she replies "Mommy did it!" It even works when Ms Goat is nowhere near!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

You down with LHC? You know me!

One life-changing moment I had back in the 80s involved watching an episode of PBS' great show Nova entitled 'What Einstein Never Knew'. It was a great encapsulation of advances in physics following his last great work in the 20s and included brief overviews of things like string theory and the high-energy physics work at the Large Electron Positron Collider at CERN. This episode fascinated me so much I even sent away for the transcript and began to follow some of the topics in the news. I was disappointed when the Superconducting Super Collider was canceled but finally a similar project, the Large Hadron Collider, is now coming online.

Check out the cool LHC photo gallery and then get down with the incredible LHC rap that is referenced within. If you want to worry, you can read what's troubling some folks but keep in mind that some predicted such results with the atom bomb.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

A coincidence?

On page A18 of yesterday's Los Angeles Times (Inland Empire edition) there were only 4 articles. The first three obviously all go together: GOP ticket split over condom use, Palin stays true to her moose roots, and GOP viewership a new record. The 4th article: Straying mate? His genes may be to blame. It's certainly convenient that the only space left on a page of articles about Republican matters was just the right size for an article about unfaithful husbands.