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Stephen Hawking Sings in Tribute to Carl Sagan

In atheist, cool, Science on November 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Related: Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson and Nye Are Auto-Tuned


Bounce With Me, Water

In cool, Science on November 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm

This is pretty cool.

Eulogy on the Dog

In animal rights, cool on November 5, 2009 at 11:10 pm

George Graham Vest:

Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.

Gentleman of the jury: A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.

The Only Cool Thing a Theist Has Ever Done

In cool, religion on November 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Lego Moses sure looks pissed, maybe he had an idea of the scene that awaited him.

The Brick Testament calls itself “The world’s largest, most comprehensive illustrated Bible”, it is the only bible worth reading. And by “reading” I mean “looking at the pictures”.

I really want the last supper poster though.

Milky Way Portrait

In cool, Science on November 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm


A new panoramic image of the full night sky — with the Milky Way as its centerpiece — has been made by piecing together 3,000 individual photographs.

The panorama’s creator, Axel Mellinger of Central Michigan University, spent 22 months and traveled over 26,000 miles to take digital photographs at dark sky locations in South Africa, Texas and Michigan.

“This panorama image shows stars 1,000 times fainter than the human eye can see, as well as hundreds of galaxies, star clusters and nebulae,” Mellinger said.

Incredible Insect Photos

In cool, Science on October 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Simply Amazing.

A whole lot more here.

ASU Professor Lawrence Krauss – A Universe From Nothing

In atheist, cool, Science on October 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm

This lecture is amazing. I encourage everyone to watch it.

Warning, I don’t know if I’m having network problems, but this took forever to download. Well worth it though.

Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson and Nye Are Auto-Tuned

In atheist, cool, Science on October 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm

This is pretty cool, and it actually doesn’t sound too bad.

Symphony of Science

Thanks Sara!

The Time Traveler’s Particle?

In cool, Science on October 13, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Interesting Article, Just Ignore the God Reference

Via NY Times

More than a year after an explosion of sparks, soot and frigid helium shut it down, the world’s biggest and most expensive physics experiment, known as the Large Hadron Collider, is poised to start up again. In December, if all goes well, protons will start smashing together in an underground racetrack outside Geneva in a search for forces and particles that reigned during the first trillionth of a second of the Big Bang.

Then it will be time to test one of the most bizarre and revolutionary theories in science. I’m not talking about extra dimensions of space-time, dark matter or even black holes that eat the Earth. No, I’m talking about the notion that the troubled collider is being sabotaged by its own future. A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

Full Article.

I’ve Been Parodied

In cool, lol, troll on October 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm

The New Agnostic touts to be “a blog of limited thought from a fence sitting moderate”. In his latest post, The New Agnostic examines the pros and cons of Columbus day. The issue is danced around in a way that only a hardened agnostic can, and in the end no solid conclusions are reached.

He has also weighed in on the BCS debate, with similar results.