The 56 year old star of the long-running “[Bill Nye The Science Guy]” was in the studio to promote his new documentary series focusing on the neuroscience of childhood development.
After briefly discussing his show, the Smithsonian anchors asked Nye about Akin’s recent accusation. The normally genial Nye wasted no time venting his rage about the comments:
"Look, these people they’re fucking retarded. Rape can’t cause pregnancy? Breastmilk cures homosexuality? I caused a hurricane by challenging creationism? Who can possibly take these people seriously anymore?"
The slightly uncomfortable anchors then tried to change the subject, but Nye persisted:
"It used to be these Republicans didn’t believe in global warming or evolution. That was bad enough. Now they don’t even believe in egg + sperm = baby. Where does Todd Akin think babies come from? Does he think there are separate storks for people who were raped and people who weren’t? "
"Hey look over there! It’s the rape stork. It drops off all its babies directly at the orphanage."
"He’s a fucking idiot. Just a plain fucking idiot. I’m sorry - I don’t say that word very often - but it happens to fit in this case. He’s just a fucking idiot."
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Supposedly there’s no upper limit to the amount of information you can fold into a stream with this method. I find that a little hard to believe, but they’re serious. I’m going to grab the paper from my library access if I can. What an exciting notion.
This works over wireless as well as fiber, their lab tests where they actually did this IRL, was over microwaves.
“24.4% of eligible voters voted for W. 24.7% of eligible voters voted for Gore. 49% of eligible voters did not bother show up at the polls. Irrespective of your political leanings, it’s [true] to say that a quarter [of us] are idiots and half of [us] are dangerously apathetic.”—TheRaven64
“Because the Tevatron and LHC use very different methods of searching for the Higgs Boson, the fact that their signals match up greatly reduces the chance that either could have happened by chance”—Nick Collins
This reminded me of a post I saw here on tumblr a ways back. It was an interesting discussion re: the fact that fundamentally, time and space aren’t all that different (besides our annoyingly constant velocity in time). We only use seconds for one and meters for the other because the sizes of our units are so vastly different.
“HTTP/1.1 503 No server is available for the request
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:15:40 GMT
Content-Length: 0”—curl -i www.facebook.com
On Friday, June 15, 2012, attorney Charles Carreon passed from mundane short-term internet notoriety into a sort of legal cartoon-supervillainy.
He transcended typical internet infamy when he filed a federal lawsuit last Friday in the United Sates District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland. He belonged to the ages the moment he filed that lawsuit not only against Matthew Inman, proprietor of The Oatmeal, but also against IndieGoGo Inc., the company that hosted Inman’s ridiculously effective fundraiser for the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society.
But that level of censorious litigiousness was not enough for Charles Carreon. He sought something more. And so, on that same Friday, Charles Carreon also sued the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society, the beneficiaries of Matthew Inman’s fundraiser.
Yes. Charles Carreon, butthurt that someone had leveraged his douchebaggery into almost two hundred thousand dollars of donations to two worthy charities, sued the charities.
Just go read the whole thing, and get ready for your jaw to hit the floor. As I told Twitter, I have to believe that this guy is doing some kind of Andy Kaufman bit at this point, because there’s no possible way he is for real.