April 16, 2007

WordPress’s counter claims this blog hits 100,000 views on April 17. This is more ambitious counting than Sitemeter or Truth Laid Bear. Who knows for sure?

The two biggest days of views both occurred after mentions at Pharyngula. For the past month or so we’ve been averaging more than 500 views daily, including weekends.

If you’re one of those faithful viewers, thanks. I hope you’ve found something of value. And, would it kill you to comment more?

$100,000 gold certificate, with Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson’s portrait adorns the obverse of the $100,000 gold certificate. Photo from Answers.com

Carnival catch-up

April 16, 2007

Uh-oh. Running behind.

One of the reasons I list various carnivals is to make sure I have a note of the good ones somewhere easy to find. Busy-ness in the last week just kept me away from the keyboard.

Carnivals you ought to check out:

Oekologie 4.1: Over at Behavioral Ecology. Lots on climate change, of course, and some very nice bird photos.

Carnival of the Godless at Neural Gourmet has a good run down of the Blog Against Theocracy, and complaints about it, too.

Carnival of the Liberals #36 is up at Truth in Politics. Well, that’s an obvious pairing. Free speech, the president and the Constitution, tyranny in the Middle East, and quite a bit more.

Carnival of Education #114 is back at The Education Wonks.  State legislatures may be wrapping up their sessions, but education issues are heating up.

Skeptics’ Circle #58 finds a hangout at Geek Counterpoint, with several posts that get at how we know what is true — good stuff for historians and economists to ponder.

This is as good a time as any to remind you that that Fiesta de Tejas! #2 is coming up on May 2 — deadline for  post nominations April 30.  You may e-mail entries to me (edarrellATsbcglobalDOTnet), or submit them at the Blog Carnival portal to the Fiesta.

Yellowstone caldera swelling

April 16, 2007

This is a story about space technology and why we orbit satellites, geography, geology, the risks of living in certain places, and the fun, and perhaps life-saving value, of finding things out. Uplift in the Yellowstone Caldera - USGS image

This is the kind of science news that excites normal kids and lends outcroppings on which to hang a lesson plan or class warm up: The Yellowstone Caldera is uplifting, according to new satellite measurements. Don’t worry. Yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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