Archive for November, 2009

Thoughts on Stuffing a Turkey

The biggest problem with writing down my stuffing recipe is that the answer to every question about ingredients is “It depends.” So rather than writing a recipe, I’m going to attempt to guide you through all the different ways it depends and how to make your own choices.

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Standing Up for the Right to Sit Down

I knew that I had done the wrong thing for our convention when the organizers of the 2008 National Democratic Nominating Convention made a huge deal of opening with a “faith ceremony.” When the secularists protested, when the atheists protested, when the agnostics protested, when the secular Christians, Jews and Muslims protested, they were told that they could just avoid that part of the ceremony. They were dismissed, and told they weren’t important enough to be part of the whole thing.

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The Truth About Jason Page, Filmmaker

I’d like you to know that almost exactly fifty percent of what is stated in the essay is accurate. The other fifty percent is not. There really were several police cars, lights flashing, driving across the median of Highway 100 at the Excelsior Ave exit, causing all the cars on the on-ramp to pull over (even though the cops were not driving down the on-ramp; they were going cross-country). However, it is NOT true that I drove my Humvee past all the cars that had pulled over. I’m not saying whether there were donuts involved in this police action or not.

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Fashion at the West Bank’s Bedlam

Nine clothing designers designed about 90 accessorized sets of clothing in the Sabbath Fashion Event on Friday Night at the Bedlam. I am something of a fashion expert myself, which is why I was there.

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Minnesota Can Lead the Way

I always hate one thing at political rallies. Some candidate will stand up and say “This is the most important election of our lives!” Every year. Is the 2010 election as important as all the rest? I’ll let our readers decide, and then pass this around to everyone you know who wants workable single-payer health insurance.

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Special Event at the Bell Museum

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 9 a.m.
Minnesota Ornithologists Union Annual Conference
The MOU’s annual conference features brief reports on current research projects conducted by academics and wildlife professionals.

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Not All Coffee Shops Are Created Equal

These suburban coffee shops are NOT the same thing as the urban coffee shops I prefer. I go to coffee shops to meet my friends whom I mainly meet in coffee shops. The people who hang around in my coffee shops are almost all people I would probably enjoy meeting and speaking with. In these suburban coffee shops, I’m thinking that having a conversation with almost anyone in here would only happen if I was opening an account or being fitted for a suit or getting arrested or something.

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Paul Porter ~ Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique: Feeding Africa With Paul Porter, University of Minnesota Professor in Agronomy and Plant Genetics November 17, 2009 

Doors at 6 p.m., Talk at 7 p.m. 
Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis
Tickets: $5 – $12 sliding scale

Paul is a professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. He researches cropping systems with a focus on rye as a cover crop, canola, crop rotations, alternative crops and organic production strategies. With his cross-continental bicycle trip Paul’s intent is to view agriculture, food and agro-ecosystems as he moves across these varying landscapes. http://agronomy.cfans.umn.edu/Porter_Paul_M_Ph_D.html

Café Scientifique is a monthly science series for adults sponsored by the Bell Museum of Natural History. Each month Café Scientifique brings scientific research and ideas out of the museum and into an informal space where visitors can learn and discuss with one another. The Bell Museum’s Café Scientifique explores science and natural history from distinct and surprising viewpoints, drawing connections between scientific research, culture, environment and everyday life.

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I Love This Place

There’s no place better than the internet to be sick. No, really. The people around here are amazing. I would have had a truly miserable last couple of months without them.

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Debate: PZ Myers vs. Jerry Bergman

“Should Intelligent Design Be Taught In The Schools?”

November 16th, 7:30 PM, St. Paul Student Center

Dr. Jerry Bergman and Dr. PZ Myers will be debating the topic: “Should Intelligent Design Be Taught In The Schools?”

This event is sponsored by the Christian Student Fellowship and Campus Atheists, Skeptics and Humanists.

The event is held at the North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center (Buford Ave. near Cleveland Ave.)

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