Category Archives: Science

Adam Savage @ The Reason Rally

In what appears to be a regular occurrence as of late, I’m sharing another instance of someone expressing ideas in a far more coherent manner than I tend to.  While there is joy in articulating things in your own way and I do delight in it…I deeply appreciate those who can, as the saying goes, “say it best”.

So, in the spirit of that I’d like to share a speech made by Adam Savage of MythBusters fame at the Reason Rally which took place a few days ago (March 24, 2012).

Brilliant, entertaining and a little moving.

A part of me delights in the pseudo-irony of such civil and eloquent words being spoken by a man who’s last name is Savage.

I love the way he ended it as well – it was interesting to listen to the audience go dead quiet as he described a loving, forgiving entity who was keeping score.  You can almost feel the doubt as he riddles off a list of attributes that, traditionally, have been used to describe “god” and then the elation that comes when he arrives at a different and, appropriately, reasonable conclusion.

Well said, good sir.

UPDATE:  For those who’d like a transcript of Adam’s speech, he’s provided one on




Yet Another Pale Blue Dot Video.

And I never get sick of them.  There are many out there and I’ve watched a good few of them, read the words many times, I own the book and somehow it never gets old.  It’s always cause for pause and for contemplation.  Perhaps, that’s the power of fundamental truth?  Whatever it is, it’s more than the beautiful words and the genuine message they convey.

I “missed” Carl’s birthday, when a new batch of these videos went up as tribute.  I suppose I could’ve joined in, but I didn’t get the memo.  No matter, many other good folks have it covered ten ways from Sunday.  That and I’m utterly horrible with birthdays, I’ve forgotten about my own on several occasions.

Of the many Pale Blue Dot videos I have seen, this one is probably the best (hence the post) – complete with narration by Carl, as it should be.

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Quotes, Context, Manipulation & Motivated Reasoning

In my previous post on nuclear power I made reference to YouTube user potholer54 as a creator of excellent videos, here’s an example of what I was talking about:


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For a good scare…

Watch the following (full-screen and in HD as James recommends for the full on scary).

If you understand the implications of that video it’ll frighten you more than any costume this Halloween.

Source: Watch this : Class M

If you don’t understand, then may I kindly recommend that you get up to speed.  Not that this is the end all & be all, but it’s a good primer.

I am jealous beyond words

You win little girl, you win.

To be fair, her father is an archaeologist so that does give her a distinct advantage in uncovering 160 Million year old fossils…but I’m still jealous in a manner that I cannot properly convey.

Note to self: "Carry a small plastic shovel. EVERWHERE!"

Source: Showoff : Pharyngula.

Seeing is believing?

The Bad Astronomer has an excellent post about about optical illusions including a video of one about how our brain interpret colours and shading.  I’ve seen this particular one demonstrated before as a still image – but it’s truly mind-warping to see it in action.

Details: This video illusion will destroy your brain | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

If you enjoyed that one, then you’d do well to check out another one of his posts on optical illusions – you may never trust your eyes again.

This is frakkin’ amazing!

XKCD best summed up why I like Science.

Details: Robot-Finger Spinoff Can Model Microscopic Details in 3-D | Wired Science |