Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday, P.G.T. Beauregard! Happy birthday, Louis Agassiz!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial Day

My sister, Olde_Fashioned on LiveJournal, has posted such a moving post for this holiday now upon us that I just had to cross-post it here.

Other than that, her blog is well worth checking out!

Three cheers for Britain!

Today in 1941, the German battleship Bismarck was sunk! Allies rule. 8-)

And in commemoration....

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Paleo's Picks

Report: North Korea test-fires missiles
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/05/25/north.korea.missile.ap/index.html
Paleo's Comments: So? What are we waiting for?

Iran says it's uncovered spy rings from U.S., allies
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/26/iran.espionage.ap/index.html
Paleo's Comments: And this is bad why?

16 'directly related' to U.S. troops' capture held
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/26/iraq.main/index.html
Paleo's Comments: Good.

Friday, May 25, 2007

ICR Graduate School to Launch New Science Journal

The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) based near San Diego, California is launching a new scientific journal!

Why this is so exciting is because, (1 what a scientific journal does and is for (I'll skip the lecture for those, if any, who do not know--ask me if you are interested), and (2 Creationists have so few places to publish their legitimate data (the journal Creation Research Society Quarterly, or CRSQ, comes to mind). Hey, I might just someday publish something in this!

Plus, the ICR is one of the greatest scientific organizations to ever, ever grace this planet. I'm dead serious here. They're not afraid to fight against the blasphemous ideas of Evolutionism. Bravo!

On top of all this is added the personal pleasure of the fact that I have actually met the editor of this new journal. :-) Oh yeah.

It's great to be a scientist under Yahweh seba'ot!

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

P.S. You might also want to check this out. Makes me ticked, but doesn't suprise me one bit.

Smithsonian: Religious Scientists Prohibited
http://icr.org/articles/view/3144/

Paleo's Picks

PALAEOBLOG: Sinosauropteryx Feather Debate Continues
http://palaeoblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/sinosauropteryx-feather-debate.html
Paleo's Comments: Yet another "missing link" has...gone missing?

PALAEOBLOG: Swimming Dinos?
http://palaeoblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/swimming-dinos.html

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Are you ready for this?

Super silliness!

http://www.xs4all.nl/~jvdkuyp/flash/see.htm

http://www.kahsoon.com/2005/04/25/dont-click-the-red-dot/

U.S. troops hunt '24/7' for 2 soldiers still missing

The U.S. military earlier confirmed that the body dragged from the river had been identified as Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., one of three U.S. soldiers missing after an attack nearly two weeks ago.


No....

He lived not too far from where I do.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Team working up new strategy for Iraq war

One element of the plan is to try to identify groups of people -- possibly including Sunni extremists and militia groups -- with whom U.S. officials feel they can do business, such as negotiating power-sharing and cease-fire agreements and granting economic aid, the sources said.


I just have four words for you:

Over my dead body!

*confetti*

Happy birthday, Carl!

Body may be shipped to U.S. to see if it's missing soldier

Please, God, let it not be so.

Monday, May 21, 2007

On the Conundrum of Mathematical Science, or, How Stupid Math is

Okay, okay, math isn't stupid, but something rather interesting appeared in my math book today.

According to my textbook (Algebra 2, Bob Jones University press), 2 grams of hydrogen contains 6.02 x 10>23* molecules. Wait a minute. Did they just say two? Yes, they did!

So, what's wrong with that? Well, the number 6.02 x 10>23 is called a "mole," just like the way we say that the number 12 is a "dozen." So, how do we know how many grams of any given element exist in a sample? Simple. Look at a chemist's best friend:

Behold, ye peasants, the mighty Periodic Table of the Elements, ruler of all the land!



First, since we are dealing with the element hydrogen, we need to know the abbreviation for Hydrogen. This is "H" (this one is unusually simple, I assure you). See if you can find it on what is often called "the chart." Can you?

Okay, if you can't it's on the very top left of the chart. Now, never mind that all that info in that little box, check out that number on the top left of the "H." What is it? 1.01. This number is in a unit called "atomic mass units" (abbreviated amu), which, for today, you'll just imagine as grams (they are similar in this sense). Basically, it tells us the mass of one atom of that particular element. So what's that mean? Well, this is where the "mole," that long 6.02 x 10>23 number, comes into play.

If you noticed, every element on the chart has this amu number. The amount of molecules in one "mole" of hydrogen, or any other element, is whatever that amu number is. Thus there are not two grams of hydrogen molecules in a mole (6.02 x 10>23). There are 1.01! You might say it comes from rounding errors, but why don't you try rounding 1.01 to make it into 2? Yeah, you can't.

So, just in case none of that made any sense, they made a big boo-boo in the book. Naughty math people!

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.


* Since I unfortunately cannot have superscripts on blogger, "10>23" means "10 to the 23rd power," a notation system I was taught by a very helpful member of the email help line at Apologia Science (www.highschoolscience.com) [I am taking the brilliant Dr. Jay L. Wile's Exploring Creation with Chemistry]

Disclaimer: I am stupid as well, so there might very well be a dreadful scientific error in this post. :-P

Birthdays!

Happy birthday, Mary Anning!
http://palaeoblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/born-this-day-mary-anning.html

Happy birthday, Plato!
http://www.historynet.com/today_in_history

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ugh....

The Shoe department, a store review...oh boy. :-/

It actually didn't go so bad, really. This big cahuna cheese guy was coming to review the store. What's more, he's higher than our District Manager, so obviously, it was an even bigger deal. A rule was passed down the ranks, and we all had to say "Hello" to this guy and ask him "How are you?" Yeah. Ugh. He was supposed to arrive around 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, but it was past five, and he wasn't there. Some wondered if he wasn't coming anymore...but then the word got out that he was indeed in our store. Work fast, and look pretty, people! 8-)

The only "problem" was a grouchy, yelling, foul-mouthed old lady who was in my department at the same time what I call "The Boss Brigade" was there (she even spoke to them, wondering where an employee, i.e., me, was--oh boy).

Oh well. My department got a fair review, so that's not too shabby. ;-P

P.S. Oh, and in all my days of customer service, never have I seen a name so...interesting in this way. A Mrs. Batman. No joke. Pretty nifty, huh?

See you in paradise, Jerry.

Isopod, anyone?

"Weird New Animals From Antarctica's Deep Seas"
Nationalgeographic.com
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/05/070516-deep-sea.html

Okay. I know that the "official" identification of this creature is an isopod, which is a crustacean. The groups may be distinct....

But am I the only one who thinks it looks like a trilobite?

New species: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/05/photogalleries/antarctica-new-species/

Trilobite: http://www.ideofact.com/archives/trilobite.jpg

Isopod: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dope_on_the_slope/485322193/

I can't really see enough of the "isopod" (besides the antennae, which admittedly do look like isopod antennae) to get a clear look at the body segments...maybe it's just me going paleo again.

So I guess some isopods look like trilobites then?

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Paleo's Picks!

Hezbollah builds a Western base
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17874369/
Paleo's Comments: Not good news, especially with our loose borders. Time to improve, government! Thanks goes to Nathan C. for sending me this. ;-)

Tomb Of King Herod Discovered At Herodium
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070508102841.htm

Photo Gallery: King Herod's Tomb Said Found Near Jerusalem
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/05/070508-herod-photos.html

Physicists Connect String Theory With Established Physics
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070502153818.htm
Paleo's Comments: I love string theory!

Cloaking Device? Invisible Technology One Step Closer
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070503100813.htm
Paleo's Comments: War machines anyone?

Knoxville Zoo Displays Albino Alligator
http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2007/05/11/714390-knoxville-zoo-displays-albino-alligator
Paleo's Comments: You have to see this one!

150 mn-yr-old dinosaur unearthed in Argentina
http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=370983&sid=FTP
Paleo's Comments: It may be a dinosaur, but it ain't 150 million years old!

An Ancient Bathtub Ring Of Mammoth Fossils
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070507090415.htm

Bee Colony Collapse Disorder: Could It Be Parasites, Pathogens Or Pesticides?
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070511210207.htm
Paleo's Comments: More CCD news

Monday, May 14, 2007

Time off. 8-)

I'm off work tonight. Yeeeaaaahhhh.... :-D

Yesterday we went out to my Grandmother's house for Mother's Day. She lives in a more desert-like region than we do, and has the according wildlife. Ready to go naturalising, I brought my insect collection kit with me. ;-)

Alas, I found no useable insects, but did have fun doing the following:

Trying (but not succeeding) to catch an unusually large, and very quick, lizard in my Grandma's back yard

Probing the rosebushes to find aphids

Turning over stepping stones, hoping to find the enormous beetle larvae I have sometimes seen there

Hunting for grasshoppers in the grass

Looking for beetles in the gutter

Trying to keep a tiny, black little jumping spider in my hand, to no avail

Gathering wood lice (aka "rolly polies" or "piller bugs")

And, chasing rabbits at dusk

Good times. ;-D

Saturday, May 12, 2007

No!

Ugh! I am so mad!

Last night I got some devastating news at work! My department manager quit!!! (Never mind that that was a good move for her. ;-P) Now who's going to replace her? *shudder* The savior of my department has left! This is awful news! Just when it was beginning to look so good....


Oh well...in other news, we sell charge cards to our customers. It's a big deal with management, so it's always good if you get one. The most I've ever gotten in one day was four. Guess how many I got today?

Seven. ;-P

Friday, May 11, 2007

SHARK!!!!!!!!!

I love this! Click on the title!

(If you don't get the humor of this picture, drop by www.visionforum.com to find out the latest about the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Celebration.)

This is one movie I'd love to see. I can so dig Pocahontas getting eaten. ;-P

P.S. Today we remember the great Confederate cavalryman J.E.B. Stuart, who died at the Battle of Yellow Tavern in 1864.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

"Stonewall" Jackson

A solemn note today, my readers:

Today, in 1863, 144 years ago, one of the world's greatest generals, and greatest men, died due to wounds sustained from friendly fire on the night of May 2nd, during what many hold to be his greatest military victory yet over the Union invader, and pneumonia. (See the May 2006 edition of Military History Magazine for a modern evaluation of his medical record.)

A devout Christian, he only fought because he believe the Southern cause to be a Godly one--one he would ultimately give his life for. He passed away at 3:15 in the afternoon, in the company of his wife and a few trusted friends. His last words were, "Let us pass [many sources say "cross"] over the river and rest under the shade of the trees." He was buried in his antebellum home of Lexington, Virginia.

I would also like to take this oppurtunity to recommend any and all of my interested readers to get the special edition magazine called "Stonewall: the South's Terrible Swift Sword", published by the editors of Military History, that is now currently in the newstands.

http://www.historynetshop.com/cwsj07.html

Please, my readers, remember him. At least today.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

V-E Day!

Ladies and gentleman, readers of my boring blog, today is the day to celebrate the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in the 2nd World War! May 8th, 1945--62 years ago!

So wear your flag pins, and remember the men who died, and the women who cried, to make this day possible. Also, as a note of interest, did you know that the V-shaped "peace" sign actually meant "V for Victory" at that time in America?

Next comes V-J Day!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

I've followed them all off the cliff....

Okay, so I just jumped on the bandwagon. Might as well anyhow. Take this quiz, see if you know me!

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Friday, May 04, 2007

You...must...listen....

Without further ado, allow me to present to you the amazing Hayley Westenra as she beautifully sings Wuthering Heights....

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Paleo's Picks!

Having been alerted to this first find by my grandmother, I finally decided it was time to get to posting these articles via PALAEOBLOG, since I've been meaning to anyway.

Australia Unveils New Titanosaurs
http://palaeoblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/australia-unveils-new-titanosaurs.html

Looking At Dino Footprints
http://palaeoblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/looking-at-dino-footprints.html

World's Oldest T.rex?
http://palaeoblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/worlds-oldest-trex.html

Dino Skin Found In Japan
http://palaeoblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/dino-skin-found-in-japan.html