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marko_the_rat wants to point out Rattus' exercise video. ^_^

From the aforementioned creationism debate, one reply stands out in particular as worth highlighting, offering some sample evidence for common descent. Amongst other points, it examines the plausible fusion of two chromosomes seen in other primates, into chromosome 2 in humans.

Speaking of which, befrafa noticed the puppy ad at NEXTgencode - worth a look. ^_^

patch_bunny discovered a particularly good psychic debunking from the 80s, starring James Hydrick, who claimed to be able to move objects psychokinetically - in his demonstration there, a pencil on the edge of a table, and the turning of some pages of a phone directory. His eventual admission is quite illuminating.

PSP owners might enjoy a new homebrew game, Conker mini.

An interesting angle on the publicity of the issues posed by global warming comes in a perhaps unexpected form, in a new documentary movie, The Great Warming, being promoted to evangelical Christians in the US. '"We pray everyone will see 'The Great Warming,' " says the Rev. Paul de Vries, president of New York Divinity School, who prepared the materials. "Science has given us an extraordinary wake-up call, but scriptural teaching gives us direction to be responsible for God's world."'

"The study was an advocacy project of sorts, designed to register mentally ill voters and encourage them to go to the polls, Lohse explains. The thesis draws on a survey of 69 psychiatric outpatients in three Connecticut locations during the 2004 presidential election. Lohse's study, backed by SCSU Psychology professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola, found a correlation between the severity of a person’s psychosis and their preferences for president: The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush.

"Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader," Lohse says. "If your world is very mixed up, there’s something very comforting about someone telling you, 'This is how it’s going to be.'""

Wonder if anything will come of this? 'Daniel Craig is "supposedly" urging movie bosses to "modernize" Bond and include some full-frontal nudity, as well gay scenes that may or may not include 007. Here's the Craig quote currently floating around the internet: "Why not? I think in this day and age, fans would have accepted it. I mean, look at (British TV series) Doctor Who - that has had gay scenes in it and no one blinks an eye."'

"After discovering that blanketing just 8 per cent of our rooftops with greenery would save [Toronto] a cool $300M in energy costs and storm water overflows as well as a 2 degree drop in the steamy urban "heat island" effect. City council signed onto the plan and now subsidizes private roof greening." (Applications for the pilot program closed in October, unfortunately)

CuteOverload recently pointed out an exceptionally cute bit of bunnydom - a baby dwarf rabbit (FLV). I liked seeing hir actually walking at points, as well as the traditional hop, and the couple scratchings are much too cute.
Oi! Daniel Craig! Out of my fandom!

I can imagine Bond 'experimenting' at Eton, but I can't see any gayness going on in later life. (Though now I'm picturing Dr No with Quarrel as the love interest.) Mind you, I was completely converted to female M in five seconds, so what do I know?
Oh, I don't know.. I think I'd pay good money to see 007 and, say, a villainous Patrick Stewart in close company. (Or, as Ian McKellern noted, Magneto and the Professor.. another film I've failed to see yet, other than the first few minutes)

Indeed, I accepted Judi Dench very quickly - but then, Goldeneye was quite a remarkable production, and one I picked up on laserdisc as soon as I could. ^_^ The St Petersburg chase is quite a surreal masterpiece.

But no Q? Was he in the books, or a bit of cinematic license?

I wonder how Christopher Eccleston might have worked in the lead role..


I'd have him and I'd carry him around in the hood of my hoodie all the time, everywhere. ^^;

Fancy trying to make a quadruped dwarf rabbit av? ^_^ (That's one nice thing about the Lost Creatures rabbit - comes with an animation override for hopping instead of walking. It's very cute =:)

I think you'd do really well with a bunny. ^_^ Only trouble, as I understand it, is their fondness for nibbling on cables.. not sure how people deal with that, other than keeping them outdoors, which isn't all that great an option in Britain. (Possible, certainly, but happiness is a warm bunny)
I'd love a bunny but I get the feeling I'd overhandle it and it would hate me forever. x.x
Bunnies aren't good at hating. ^_^ (Which is also why one tends to see very few guard rabbits. *nods*)
I'm totally in love with that little rabbit. It's the most adorable thing I've ever seen!
No! No! No! Bond is *supposed* to be a firmly hetro, chauvinist, alcohol swilling hedonist. That's the whole point! Bond is a slightly more respectable Flashman! Bond isn't meant to talk about his feelings, or experiment. He's supposed to shag the ladies, drive fast cars, and kill people!
Sort of a more lethal Biggles?

Damn. Now I've got that Monty Python sketch running in my mind.. ("Can't understand your banter, old chap.")
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Good gods. If he starts wearing Burberry, I'm out of here.
Does Lewis ever respond? I can only read for so long.
Sadly, no, not really. He popped in to say he was a bit overwhelmed by the volume of replies (which is fair enough), saying he'd respond within a week or so, and then later bowed out, with the puzzling note that he'd only stumbled upon Pharyngula through subscribing to a weblog syndication service with the keyword "powerpoint", and thought he could help out. (It doesn't make much more sense in his own words)

Rather a pity, as the scene seemed set for quite an interesting comparison of viewpoints. If that's what Pharyngula's readers' comments are typically like, I'll be wanting to follow those as much as the postings - a pleasant change from the interminable ramble of most /. comments pages. Not that that stops me from going through those on occasion. ^_^
Hydrick's admission was quite interesting, yes. :)

The bunny was cute, too, although I've got to admit I expected him to do a bit more than just walk/hope around. :)
I was bemused, if not surprised, by his assertion it was the adults more than the children who fell for it, seemingly needing that extra bit of "magic". It's almost a little surprising he didn't wind up going into politics, when you read into his psychology..

It's a bunny Zen performance. ^_^

I wonder if there's more footage of the letter-opening bunny to be found..
If yes, be sure to post about it - that one was really cute. :)

And yeah, that was an interesting comment - not one that surprised me, though. It often seems to me that children are actually more perceptive than adults; more imaginative, more able to "get into" fantasies, so to speak, but also better at seeing what's *actually* happening. I guess it comes with the lack of social baggage and conditioning...
"We pray everyone will see 'The Great Warming,' "

An interesting angle to take, indeed. :-) I hope it works, but I guess it also tugs at a few cynical strings. It's like you have to believe everything that somebody else believes save for the one thing you're discussing to convince anybody of anything these days. Oh well. I wonder if it is just the same arguments, but omitting any references to ige ages >6,000 years ago, and with the occasional reference to God thrown in.
I think I'd like to see TGW for that reason - to see just what angle they take. Obviously, the core must be the body of evidence pointing to the phenomenon, else it'd be worthless; I might imagine they'd seek to explain the moral imperative of taking action in the light of such knowledge. Quite how that would be done, I'm poorly qualified to say, of course - it's been years since my classes in religious instruction. (Wherein I would sometimes draw God Comix, conveniently omitting actual people, as they took time to draw. Still, as xkcd shows, a minimalist approach can work remarkably well. ^_^ It was quite a good syllabus, I felt, taking a look at several of the world's major religions, their origins and practices. I'd left religion behind long before that, but I did appreciate the improvement in understanding they were offering in world beliefs)

I wish all my moving around hadn't resulted in the loss of quite so much along the way - I once had a complete Peanuts collection, including The Gospel According to Peanuts. It wasn't a work I referred to often, I'll admit, but I found it an interesting perspective on their world. (I was once deeply into the psychology of Snoopy. *nods*)

Bah! This HD download of the second part of the recent BBC series on the Galapagos Archipelago is positively crawling along. Still, I haven't watched the first part completely yet, so I shall refrain from complaint. =:)
BTW, thanks for the link. ^_^

I notice you skipped the "s" after the apostrophe. I went for the latest Australian Style Guide for guidance on the matter because there is a lot of confusion on how to denote ownership on names that end with s. In a nutshell, it basically said it's all too hard and you should just put an "'s" on the end of everything and be done with it. ;)