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January 25, 2008 at 2:30 am Leave a comment

Did you think this blog was about bora? I lied.

This blog is not about bora.  This blog is about me and my insolence.

The best thing about this blog is that I don’t really even need to blog. I can just cut and paste someone else’s blog into mine. That’s “SYNERGY” from some folks’ perspectives, plagerism in oldentimes, and laziness bred into Gen Xers who grew up during the Reagan years.

http://scienceblogs.com/terrasig/2008/01/herding_cats_and_framing_scien.php

excerpts include:

As compared to the normally staid sessions I have moderated at local and national meetings of my professional scientific associations, this was a new experience as I’ve never helped to guide such a contentious discussion….

I found two very strong undercurrents: one faction of the audience seemed resigned to the fact that nothing can be done to elevate public understanding of science and that a presidential debate on the topic was a futile effort; the other was a somewhat smaller group of discussants who felt that we need to work with the media we’ve got (Mooney’s words, I believe) and start back toward returning science to the public discourse as it was in the days following Sputnik. A third, less-vocal group led by Gabrielle Lyon contends that we don’t give the public enough credit for being interested in science, an observation emphasized by the fact that 79% of the attendees were not scientists.

Thanks Abel Pharmboy – I’ve always had a thing for shucking and contention.

January 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

Here is the poll.

Did you visit this blog because you know bora?
Yes – i read anything that has to do with bora
No – who is bora?
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January 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm 3 comments

This survey matters. Take it and you will know why.

The only thing is — you can’t take the survey. I don’t know how to get it to work. My tech skills are stunted by inexperience.

 I’ve tried getting around the survey problem by posting the survey link as a comment but the program wiped it out. I then tried linking the survey in  a blogroll link – I’m all about trying – but again, the link went live but garbled, not pretty at all.

So you have some choices – you can help me figure out how to get a survey on this site or you can suffer along with me and NOT take the survey. Either way. You can’t really take the survey right now.

Sorry about that….and so is everyone else.

January 21, 2008 at 8:52 pm 4 comments

Mapping the world

Locations of visitors to this page
Hmm. This may be too high-tech for me. We’ll find out soon.

January 21, 2008 at 6:40 pm 2 comments

now the proof is yours…to submit, that is

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Thanks to the comment late yesterday by mcdawg, the tide is beginning to turn. The waves of truth are beginning to wash over us all. Thank you dawg dawg for helping to chip away at the inevitable.

Steve steve.

STEVE STEVE? Folks-the emperor has no clothes. Steve Steve is part of the whole cover up. I know that so many of us wanted to believe that the stuffed panda was a tongue-in-cheek pro-evolution jab at the religious, anti-science crowd, but the fake mammal was just one of bora’s many slight of hand tricks. A jab not at them, but at us.

The proof is out there…just let it flow.

January 21, 2008 at 2:44 am Leave a comment

I was wrong

I was wrong. About Bora. It’s actually not that hard to admit.

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I’d said that the science blogging conference was just a way for him to learn how to blog after putting up a false front for so many years and hiring an 8 year old with video games and cookies to post for him… The conference IS a way for bora to learn how to blog in a friendly atmosphere. But it isn’t the MAIN reason he organized it. The MAIN reason he organized it is so that he could get his picture taken with pretty girls. In fact, the more I think about how many women were here the more I’m wondering if the conference wasn’t really just an excuse to talk to pretty girls…

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 Now that we all know the truth about bora we should probably take a minute and just breathe. Step back from the aftermath of this revelation and see what, if anything, we can take away of use from this mess.

 1) it’s fine to organize a conference with ulterior motives. In fact, despite the insidious nature of the impetus to bring the conference to fruition, the conference prevailed: the presenters turned out to be good at moderating rowdy crowds as well as at framing topical discussions, and the food was really good.

2) despite the  occassional undertones — (overtones?) – of high-school hallway dynamics in exchanges about how to get more attention to blogs, how to get more media about science, and how to get more science to be media savvy, a seemingly nascient movement seems to be coming into its own and still encouraging others to join

 3) I know – you’re still reeling in shock from the idea that bora didn’t know how to write a blog before this confernce and can hardly process the information that it’s all about pretty girls….who can write, take pictures, ask questions, act arrogant, like cookies…. but I am sure you’ll get over it. Because clearly there are much more interesting blogs than this one to tune into.

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 PS-  if you’re in need of more evidence for my claims just WAIT, there WILL be a preponderance of proof!

January 20, 2008 at 2:27 am 1 comment

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