Well, I’ve returned from the hinterlands of Québec, having spent a few fun days visiting my wife’s family and seeing the sights, and I’m back into the grind. A few things piled up while I was gone – both in terms of work and interesting news – so in terms of blogland I’m going to clear the deck with a bunch of links from the tabs that are currently cluttering up my Firefox. Here we go:
- Québec police are going after speeders and imparied drivers: Listen, I don’t like to generalize about a group of people, but I’m going to allow an exception to the rule here, because Québec drivers are ignorant of the principles of defensive driving. Signalling to change lanes is not an option, people. Weaving in and out of lanes is dangerous. And no, going 160 km/h on a 100 km/h highway is not a recipe for safety. Oh, and the next person who cuts me off is getting … well, nothing, because I can’t think of an act of retribution that wouldn’t jeopardize me, but I’m beginning to understand the phenomenon of road rage.
- Jim Prentice says that Canadian Carriers are in for it now, oh boy: Canada recently did a spectrum auction similar to the one that the FCC did in the United States, and our Minister of Industry says that this will mean more competition for cell phone carriers here (see my recent rants about all three of the major carriers here). I sure hope that he’s right.
- Clay Burrell at the Beyond School blog has a thought provoking post on Why History isn’t Learned, and How Story Helps Change That. I played with the test that he proposes and scored pretty well (though I would indeed quibble with some of the inclusions! 🙂 ). It’s great fun, and a good read, so go take a look.
- PZ at Pharyngula is being very mysterious about possible sacrilege to the cracker…
- Here’s a good read by Olivia Judson on some examples of natural selection in the New York Times (though why it’s in the Opinion section as opposed to Science baffles me).
- Oh God, Britney Spears has stuck her nose in to the anti-vax shenanigans. On the other hand, considering the cloud of fail that follows her around, maybe this is actually a good thing.
- At The Frontal Cortex, Jonah Lehrer continues a long series of posts insisting that there’s no such thing as “talent”. The comments to that post contain a good counter-argument.
- A good post on epigenetics from Pharyngula.
- The first edition of The Giant’s Shoulders blog carnival came and went, leaving many, many good posts in its wake. I’ve got a post in it, and the carnival’s very existence is guilting me into doing more science writing.
Hmm, I think I’ll end that on a high note, since my browser is looking a lot less cluttered now and I think that I might be able to get some actual work done. Enjoy!