Archive for March, 2010

PUBPAT / ACLU lawsuit to overturn gene patent wins in federal court!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This is going to be a short one, but I can’t go to bed without sharing the news: PUBPAT (the Public Patent Foundation) and the ACLU have just won a major victory for scientific freedom: the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled in favor of their argument that patents […]

Objets de Birthday.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I meant to post this sooner — my birthday was a month ago — but I just got busy. Anyway, these two wonderful objects came in the mail right on my birthday… The first was a gift from Jim Blandy: It’s a Lichtenberg Figure, that is to say, lightning captured in a solid medium. Whoa. They use a linear […]

Winnie and the Snow Citizen.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I meant to post this sooner, but the time when I took the photo was really busy because Winnie was moving in (!). While we were moving stuff from her apartment, we encountered a Snow Citizen: Ah, Williamsburg. Whatever else you can say about it, it definitely has production values! (Well, except when it comes […]

Reform? Mr. …of, er…

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Breaking news: Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) will champion a new bill to provide more and better sex education to high-schoolers and even young adults, in a tactic designed to lower the number of abortions in America through improved access to information and counseling. Rep. Stupak became famous during the debates leading up to the health […]

Dead Pig Coverup?

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Breaking news from James Vasile: Scientists going back to Galileo have secretly abused corpses in the pursuit of knowledge. Researchers studying the Atlantic Ocean garbage patch have been throwing dead pigs into the sea just to see what happens next. Yes, that’s shocking and gross, but just like in the Whitewater scandal, it’s the coverup […]