Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Recently, the hashtag #sparktweets made the rounds on Twitter for a bit, before it faded into, well, the dull background roar of 140-word mini-musings that is Twitter. The original post about them is here. They’re a clever way to present visual information using standard ASCII characters inside Tweets – and other short, space limited media. They’re […]


Mike the Mad Biologist (among others) have covered an article that appeared in Slate ‘Darwin’s Rape Whistle’, which asks the question “Have women evolved to protect themselves from sexual assault?” Like most pop-Evolutionary Psychology articles, it leaves me grinding my teeth. Normally I hesitate to harp on other people’s fields, but Evolutionary Psych, especially as […]


Through most of it’s life, Confounded by Confounding has been…a bit random. Some reviews, mostly a picture into my mind, but with no real structure (so perhaps a frighteningly accurate view into my mind). But I’m going to be writing more, hopefully, and as a result, will be trying to write more about, you know, […]


As mentioned previously, I am currently in the process of a month-long “field test” of the Apple iPad as a laptop replacement. Not in the conventional sense of “I have a laptop, could the iPad serve as my primary computer” (although I suspect for many home users this could be true), but “With an iPad, […]


It amuses me, a bit, that by far my most popular post on this blog is the analysis I ran awhile back on the question “Is Warhammer Balanced”? It generated a good many interesting questions, some posts, and a number of discussions on this blog and on Warhammer message boards across the internet. Things have, […]


This is actually a musing on two different issues. The first, is my distinct pleasure in owning an Amazon Kindle DX. Yes, the iPad has just come out, and it is the new hotness. I look on those who own it with envy. However, the DX has been spectacular. It’s a pleasure to read with, […]


We’re back for another episode of bad statistics, bad data visualization, and the bad conclusions you arrive at from it. This time from The Economist. Specifically, their graph of the day: Their conclusions from this graph? “Americans work longer hours: theirs is the only rich country that does not give any statutory paid holiday…This work […]


Dina Goldstein (website here) has done an interesting series of photographs recasting the Disney princesses in modern situations facing American women. Talking about it in JPG Magazine: “These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The ‘…happily […]


Found this post on Mike The Mad Biologist, and felt the need to share. In short, Senator John McCain makes a snide comment about what he suspects is a pork project, this time: “$650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi – how does one manage a beaver?” And once again, it turns out […]


So, this has taken me awhile to post, and for those of you who read various and sundry science blogs regularly, this is probably old news. But I’ll post my thoughts anyway, because its my blog and I’ll do what I want */childish voice*. Sharon Begley of Newsweek recently published an article asserting that academia […]