Happy π Day!!! No, wait, scratch that...

Monday, March 14, 2011 at 11:15 PM Bookmark and Share
Lets face it -- π sucks. Not pie, pie is genuinely awesome and so is the fact that "pie" sounds like "π", so we can have fun with things like this.  But seriously... π?  It's totally off by a factor of 2!

For more on τ day, check out the Tau Manifest at http://tauday.com/ and of course http://halftauday.com/ if you're still a fan of π.

A request: I need your comments!

Friday, March 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM Bookmark and Share
I need your help!  A reader recently tried to leave a comment on this blog, and despite the fact that I received an email notifying me of the new comment, it never appeared on the blog post...

Figure 1: I'm about this confused, if not more.

So, if you can spare a few moments, please head over to this post (and/or leave a comment below) and let me know the following:
Operating System:
Comment type (Anonymous, Google, etc.):
Link to your favorite recipe**:
** Totally unrelated, optional, but potentially delicious and therefore worth requesting. ;)

If the comment submission process seemed to work but your comment doesn't show up on the post, please drop me an email letting me know what happened.

Thanks! ~ Paul

Evolution is a pain in the ass, especially for herpetologists and ornithologists

Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 1:26 AM Bookmark and Share
The reason? Imagine you have a kid, and your neighbor has 2 kids, then you both find out that really, one of their kids is sort of... yours. (-- awkward pause --) That's basically the problem here:

Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians, however unraveling the evolutionary history of these two groups (along with birds) has shown us that birds are actually nested in among reptiles.

Now, to be fair, I think the comic has it wrong: I mean, shouldn't this justify lumping ornithology in a sub-discipline of herpetology?

Thesis writing...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 2:28 PM Bookmark and Share
... has pulled me away from blogging the past couple of months. BUT, I'll hopefully be done and back to a regular posting schedule later this spring!

Figure 1: Mascot for my recent rate of new blog posts.

In the meantime, you should check out R-bloggers.com and "like" their facebook page to get regular updates on your news feed.