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Date: 2010-07-13 03:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] erinptah
After this post/blog entry, I think I'm all talked about about Olivia Munn for a while ^_^;

On a very different note, I went and wrote out a whole long post kicking around the racial dynamics of a vid I'd like to make, and it hasn't gotten a whole lot of feedback. (I don't give the characters' names, but it's for this fandom, so you can probably work them out.) If anyone here wants to take a whack at the questions, that would be awesome.

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Date: 2010-07-14 12:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seagullsong
Ok, so I'm totally going to get a reputation for only posting stuff from atheist blogs, but PZ Myers talked about The Daily Show over on his blog Pharyngula, which is huge in the online science/skeptic community.

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/jon_stewart_you_let_me_down.php

Keep in mind that the blog and it's commenters tend to be on the more aggressive side of the atheist spectrum, so (faint-hearted) religious folk should tread lightly.

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Date: 2010-07-14 04:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] erinptah
From the comments:

"Not only is antimatter real, but it's accessible to everybody. The humble banana is rich in potassium, including the positron-emitting isotope K-40. Your average banana produces antimatter once every 75 minutes. And it doesn't stop just because you eat it."

Is that true? Oh, I hope that's true. Because that would be awesome.

Facepalming a bit at all the "what do you mean Stewart [and/or Colbert] is not an atheist? He makes fun of religion!" As if the only options in the world are "humorless dogmatist" or "secular snarker."

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Date: 2010-07-14 08:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seagullsong
I...I think it's true! Google says it's true! Of course, it's buried in stuff like this:

"A "medium" banana (whatever that means) has about half a gram of potassium, or 7.7×1021 atoms. Of these, 9.0×1017 (about sixy micrograms) are 40K. If you picked just one of these nuclei, you'd have to wait a billion years (on average) to see it decay; in our banana we have lots of atoms we can watch all at once, so there will be about 23 decays per second. Of these decays, 89% are β- decays to calcium, and 11% are electron capture decays to argon. Only one decay in 105 actually emits an antielectron. So an ordinary banana contains an antielectron for a brief instant about once every 75 minutes."

Help, my brain! It hurts.

(And I knooow. I was really startled that so many people thought he was an atheist. And then I remembered that most people don't have an obsessive need to read about Jon Stewart's life. Losers.)

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Date: 2010-07-15 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seagullsong
Have they ever watched *any* of Colbert's interviews? I think most of them are pretty weak. Definitely not his best stuff, and like PZ said, neither he or Jon are really "attack dogs" in interviews. So it is a bit silly for people to get so worked up over it. But Pharyngula's whole shtick is pointing out exactly how wrapped up in religious and superstitious thought our culture is; to the point where very few television hosts would ever really question a statement like that about science. So it really is quite an aggressive site. It used to bother me, but now I think that we need that kind of brutal analysis as well as the softer kind of atheism. To every thing there is a season? :P

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