|Emory Valley's Center for Evolutionary Studies - my battlement-manning in one of this age's most important battles - updated 9 April. Articles include one by Richard Dawkins and one by Isaac Asimov, an interview with Dawkins from Slate, an article by Daniel Dennet about the missing science in ID, and a nice editorial from the Washington Post on Bush's leap into the middle of the so-called controversy. There are also a few things about the Dover trial. The Center's just getting started but there are links to other sites, textbook stickers, some thoughts on real science vs. pseudo-science (including creationism), and a bit on what it means that evolution is "just a theory instead of a Law". And just added, Tiktaalik, the new transitional fossil and, brand new, notjustatheory.com - a site dedicated to the proposition that "Evolution is not just a theory, it's triumphantly a theory!"|
|Examples of 'they' used non-specifically from writers over the centuries added to the Forum. And a final (hopefully) note added quoting Geoff Pullum, 5 Jan ("...This use of they isn't ungrammatical, it isn't a mistake, it's a feature of ordinary English syntax that for some reason attracts the ire of ... pontificators..."). Also, a new wordsmithing example and another example of misuse of hyphens added to the Pellissippi Parkway, 22 Apr.|
|Emory Valley's Agnostic Chapel, part of the Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic, updated 1 Jan with Richard Dawkins' "Inferior Design",
and Quotes. And check the blog for recent thoughts.
|Emory Valley's Center for Magic and Math updated 7 December with the I'll Guess Your Number trick.|
| Bear Creek Road high-intensity projects:
Keeping the Dream, my response to the Columbia disaster, with updates for ISS Exp 16, who are there now (Nov 2007), with first female commander Peggy Whitson, veteran Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar, and Clayton Anderson staying over from ISS Exp 15.
|The Greenbelt is now a blog. Check here for what was on the Amazing Newstand, the Bush & DoJ page, and the Liberal Trails. There will also be language, evolution, and freethought there, too.|
|Great Quotes updated 1 March|
|T-Rex discovers words that are their own opposites - and you can too.|
| Lord of the Rings
various things, some funny, some admiring, some beautiful (ah, the Elf....) - and a bit on the extended DVD of the films
|Mark Twain's Anti-Imperialism still ringing true after a hundred years|
|LBJ and Civil Rights - an addendum from an article by Bishop Spong|
|Fan fiction: A Night at the Opera and Secrets, posted 21 April, and When We Meet Again, posted 29 April.
I've been remiss lately about writing, but I'm back. Really, this time.
| Sports Night
A page for my teams...
updated fairly regularly for the Lady Vols (National Champs again!! Woot-woot!)
and the summer teams: Mystics, Braves, Orioles, Smokies, and Alouettes
| Language Forum
Quick Quiz - can you spot what's wrong? old quiz answered and new quiz posted: 3 January
|Rules of Grammar added to the Pellissippi Parkway - Case in English, part one: Objects, and Objects in passive voice. Also, What follows "wish" in English?|
|Poem of the Month
A new poem every month! [updated for March]
|New links added to Key Springs Road 3 August
take a ride on the unpaved side...
|new music recommendations - Great American Songbook and Dial-a-Song
new book recommendations - Donna Leon, Henkell Manning, and Darwin's Dangerous Idea
new video recommendations - Slings & Arrows, Primeval, Life on Mars, and Bender's Big Score
|A Sad Day--End of an Era
Mir goes down: "Most significantly, from September 1989 to August 1999, the station was continuously occupied. "[For 10 years] you had a human in space anytime you looked up into the sky," Siddiqi says. Mir, he adds, "was the first steppingstone toward the human migration off the planet." And eventually, Mir's legacy will stretch far beyond Earth orbit. "Astronauts voyaging to Mars won't be able to come home when things go wrong. They will have to respond to crises the way their Mir predecessors did when, faced with life-threatening emergencies, they did not abandon their ship or their mission."
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