Archive for February, 2009

Singing Goodbye

But the day I got that radio was the day I heard what became my first favorite song, and the world made sense to me somehow, because I had a red, white and blue radio, and a song coming out of it that echoed an American national identity. My dad gave that to me.

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Darwin Day, Here and Away

Quiche Moraine is all in for celebrating Darwin Day. Stephanie is pontificating on heroes and science, Greg is sharing a few of his favorite excerpts from Darwin’s autobiography, and Mike is digging into abiogenesis and early life.

St. Paul Proclamation
St. Paul Proclamation

Quiche Moraine will also be out in force for the local Darwin Day party at the Bell Museum:

Darwin Day Party
Thursday, February 12, 2009, 7 to 9 p.m.
Bell Museum Auditorium
$10/free to museum members and University students

The speakers will present in the auditorium from 7 to 8 p.m. Birthday cake and refreshments are served after the presentations.

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday! Part of a world wide celebration, the Twin Cities’ version is at The Bell Museum of Natural History this Thursday night. Join in the fun with cake, drinks and presentations by U of M scientists and educators. They will present funny, outrageous and controversial rapid-fire, media-rich presentations about Darwin and evolution. From the big bang to the human genome, hear the newest research and controversy on evolution and Darwin.

Minneapolis Proclamation
Minneapolis

See additional details and more about the genesis of the event here.

We’re also very happy to say that we all live in a metro area that recognizes the importance of Darwin’s ideas. A big thanks to Minnesota Atheists for arranging the proclamations from both of the Twin Cities.

And finally, if all the local Darwin doesn’t satisfy your Darwin Day cravings, you can find much more at the Blog for Darwin blog swarm event.

Sometime Shortly After Abiogenesis

Cells also contain mitochondria, and this is one of the puzzles of early evolution. Mitochondria are symbiotic, originally a form of self-sufficient bacteria which when integrated with eukarytic cells gain and provide benefit to the host cell. Mitochondria have their own set of DNA, and this DNA provides the basis for all of its key structures which produce not only their structure, but the unique tools that the mitochondria use to convert sugar into the energy it shares with its host.

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Celebrating Darwin, Celebrating Science

As much as anything else, Darwin’s legacy is the example of a life lived scratching that itch. Others could have discovered the same things he did. He didn’t do it by heroics but by work. He did what anyone could have done. He did what we all can do.

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Darwin on Darwin

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin

Today, Charles Darwin would be 200 years old. And so everybody’s blogging the man. When he was 50 years old, he published The Origin of Species. So this is a bicentennial and a…whateveryacallitennial.

I’ve been rereading The Autobiography of Charles Darwin on the Kindle. I marked a few passages that I thought you might enjoy.

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Music and Me: The Early Years

My father’s musical ability was nonexistent. When he would get a little drunk, he’d listen to his My Fair Lady album over and over. The other day we went to see My Fair Lady performed at the high school. I was afraid I was going to have a problem with that, but it was okay. No cold sweats, no feelings of doom, nothing. But I digress.

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Around the Tubes

Locally, the MinnPost has a couple of great articles up, on The Myth of Voter Fraud and what the stock market tumble has done to local arts funding.

And the Minnesota Independent is keeping an eye on the influence of religion on politics, with a look at why the religious right dislikes the stimulus package and reporting that Norm Coleman is following Michele Bachmann in claiming divine endorsement.

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Why It Truly Is Blood for Oil

If you recall all those burning oil wells after the first Gulf War in Kuwait, you will understand that many of those burning wells were gushing oil and gas. That’s why they continued to burn. This illustrates how many of the wells in that region are under pressure and how petroleum flows to the surface with no need of pumps. Iraqi oil fields are some of the least expensive places on the planet to extract oil.

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Hjemkomst Means Homecoming

Did Bob recognize this yearning? Did he believe that building a Viking ship would inspire people to learn about their own history through the hazards experienced by the Scandinavians who landed in North America long before Columbus had his circumnavigation interrupted by Hispaniola? I don’t know, because I never had the chance to meet Bob Asp. I did, however, see the Hjemkomst while it was being built.

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Minnesota Strobists Enter Their Second Year

Members have frequently commented on how much they have grown as photographers since joining the group and attending events. Over the last year, I’ve organized and attended all but one of the events, and I’ve found that I learn something new at each one. This is partly from other photographers pointing out something I’ve never thought of before, but mostly from answering questions that I haven’t had to think about myself.

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