Search Results: human
20 Sep 2005: Climate Change in Human Teeth
Science: climate change, stable isotopes, teeth · no comments
... oxygen isotope compositions of phosphate were measured in human tooth enamel. [...] We propose that these relatively high delta(18)O values of human tooth enamel reflect higher mean delta(18)O values of meteoric water ...
5 Dec 2015: Belated Brew Log: Massive Cider Edition
Food: apples, brewing, cider, crab apples, pears, Rosaceae · 1 comment
... like it might be a piece of rootstock triumphing over human intervention, or possibly a genuine seed-grown sport, was ripe, and so ...
20 Mar 2013: Why Boner Jokes Aren’t Funny (Even When They Are)
Politics, Science: dick jokes, sexual harassment, women in engineering, women in science · 4 comments
... person who thinks boner jokes are one of the pinnacles of human achievement, and at the time I was willing to overlook the whole "tee hee ...
11 Feb 2013: The Ethical Irrelevance of Killing Your Own Food
Food, Human Fuzzies: animal rights, empathy, ethics, rabbits · 10 comments
... "in touch" with the source of your food. If you look at human history you will see lots of societies where people were much more ... to smash a bunny in its adorable face. Indeed, looking at human history, it is shockingly easy for people to shut off their usual empathy ...
30 Dec 2012: Cooking with Douglas Fir
Food: Pinaceae, Pseudotsuga menziesii · 3 comments
... This isn't a disaster but it is annoying; that is why humans created food processors and blenders. Puree, puree, puree. I don't ...
11 May 2011: Car Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Trunk
Politics: bicycles, cars, lifestyles of the privileged minority, privilege · 4 comments
... any other way, really. I do, however, think four things: Human beings aren't hugely creative about the ways in which we think about ...
24 Mar 2009: Are Geophysicists Geologists?
Science: disciplinary boundaries, geology, geophysics, scientific culture · 13 comments
... processes, and constituent materials for the benefit of humanity, and not just creating ugly abstract art. My work does not, however, ...
Politics, Science: Pinatubo, US party politics, volcano monitoring, volcanoes · 32 comments
... 30,000% figure comes before you attempt to put a value on human life. Sure, not all investments will have such a payoff - or at least, ...
27 Jan 2009: Academic Citation
Aimless: · 1 comment
... a BibTeX style sheet that works perfectly without human post-processing. So I manually tweak and triple-check my reference list. ...
12 Jan 2009: Listen to Earthquakes
Links: · 3 comments
... stuff that happens at frequencies well below the range of human hearing, to a 5 second audio clip played back at ten thousand or so ...
31 Dec 2008: Geological Predictions for 2009
Aimless: · 13 comments
... ascend underneath Antarctica. It will not be detected by human seismologists, but will be of significant concern to future cockroach ...
15 Dec 2008: Geo-Memeage
Aimless: · 5 comments
... and your little smilodon, too... 103. See a seiche 104. "Human-scale" evidence of fault creep (e.g., displaced curbs, or the Berkeley ...
15 Oct 2008: Oh Look, Links
Links: · 2 comments
... of direct experience and hearsay for propositions like "Humans cause global warming" and "ghosts exist" - and you can split up the data ...
24 Sep 2008: Carnival of Feminists #65
Aimless: · 9 comments
... that, one would have to wonder, what would a chimp do with human breasts? But First: Internet Community Service This is from Zuska: I ...
12 Aug 2008: OMG AMNH PONIES!!1!
Aimless: · 9 comments
... geologic processes exist purely to concentrate ore for human use, a great number of video interviews with geoscientists that provide ...
Science: · 14 comments
... and produces an argument that appeals to the innate human desire to make sense of the natural world. His skill at subtly invoking ...
29 Apr 2008: Confessions of a Grad School
Aimless: · 25 comments
... I've just myself seem like a really excellent long-term human resources investment... know of any interesting job openings in ...
24 Mar 2008: I’ve Been Subducted Again
Aimless: · 4 comments
... of There Will Be Blood: The fact is, Plainview is barely human to begin with, so watching him grow coarser and uglier and more full of ...
4 Mar 2008: Oops! I’m Perjured Again
Aimless: · 7 comments
... that I do not consider the Constitution as important as human life and will not bear arms against its enemies. But I figured that all ... incompatible and inconsistent with the oath," the campus' human resources manager, JoAnne Hill, wrote to Kearney-Brown. If adding the ...
27 Jan 2008: Meme Time
Personal, Whimsy: memes, monkeys, national pie day, pie, writing · 5 comments
... what the actual degree of genetic similarity is between humans and monkeys. It's some sort of metaphor. ** Yes, monkey ...
31 Dec 2007: Year in Review
Meta: clip show · no comments
... Science Post: The Spinning Dancer and the Brain - If humans had less wimpy olfactory processing, I’m sure we could figure out ...
18 Dec 2007: Grading Codes I Want to Give
Teaching: funny, grading, students say the darndest things · 1 comment
... kind of personal journey of fear and enlightenment. As one human being to another, I care. But remember, science is performed by ...
Science, Whimsy: american geophysical union, Friday random ten, iTunes iChing, science journalism · 20 comments
... about the fate of subducted sediments A human interest story about a scientist who got scooped This should be ...
20 Oct 2007: The Spinning Dancer and the Brain
Science: debunking, neuroscience, optical illusions · 77 comments
... there's an audio version called the tritone paradox. * If humans had less wimpy olfactory processing, I'm sure we could figure out some ...
Human Fuzzies, Politics, Science: feminism, feminisms, history, psychology, racism, rape, sexism, trashy novels, white studies · 3 comments
... how the world works and why the aliens filled the whole human preserve with nothing but white ...
28 Jun 2007: Science World Heritage
Science: dead white men, history of science, world heritage · 1 comment
... beautiful landscape, and geology's influence on human history is easy to see. There is already enough geology on the list to ...
21 Jun 2007: Asking for a Pony
Politics: academia, blog carnivals, entitlement, grad school, Phi Delta Qoppa, scientiae · 4 comments
... nearly as invisible. Let me pause here to note that the human need for meaningful relationships is as basic and undeniable as the need ...
3 Mar 2007: Earthquake Folksonomy
Science, Teaching: earthquakes, lay science · 14 comments
... in the press today, have engaged in a sort of amateur human seismometry that isn't scientifically useful but is definitely based on ... of the natural world. So far, I haven't met any amateur human seismometers who've gone so far as formulating and testing a proper ...
6 Nov 2006: Which Mitochondrial DNA Has the Superpowers?
Science: genetic engineering, mad science, supervillainy · 4 comments
... not going to create an effective mutant army by injecting human DNA into cow eggs! You need mitochondrial DNA with considerably more ...
Meta, Politics: blogular wanking, feminism, role models · 7 comments
... the search engines, because I basically relate to other human beings from a position of terror*--I stop posting. I tell myself I don't ... rather acidly observed by readers in the past, months. Human psychology is some crazy shit. Anyway, the way I can tell that the bloggy ...
25 Aug 2006: Am I an Old Fart?
Teaching, Whimsy: college mindset, old fogeyism · 9 comments
... physical science breadth requirement for sundry jocks and humanists. Today was an all-day training session for first-time TAs ("GSIs"); ...
3 Aug 2006: Truth, Justice, and the Academic Way
Politics, Science: academia, gender, rhetorical tactics, scientific culture · 32 comments
... Biology is occasionally unfair, but justice is a human concept that really only applies to human actions (and maybe the actions of anthropomorphized natural forces, if ...
3 May 2006: Fuck This Shit, I’m Moving to Oakland
Politics: Berzerkeley · 1 comment
Berkeley is only the 8th scariest liberal city in the country. We can't even beat out Detroit? Sigh. But you gotta love what makes that city so very very liberal: The Almanac of American Politics notes that [Detroit] was "a city where liberal reformers ...
16 Apr 2006: About
: · 1 comment
... mysterious man-partner. My very first memory as a human being is of a field of violets, which my mother and I were picking for ...
21 Mar 2006: Thomas Kuhn and Big Historiography
Science: Berzerkeley, Big History, Kuhn, Lacan, Marxism, paradigms, philosophy of science · 4 comments
... theory on the construction of knowledge. Can one of you humanitiesistes recommend a good Brief History of Historiography for Dummies ... in an Infinite Improbabilty Drive). Am I less than fully human? *It's plucking theorems from the Very Real Platonic Realm of Forms ...
13 Mar 2006: Quickies
Aimless, Links, Politics, Science: better living through science, mystery rocks, scientific culture, sexism · 9 comments
... Dr. Mutter said, "we can learn how it interacts with human well-being." The general lack of explicitly acknowledged social ... on the theme of "we can learn how it interacts with human well-being" when we're begging the government for research money, but ...
20 Feb 2006: Little History, Big History
Science: Big History, Earth history, socks · 15 comments
... last weekend. Big History. It's an arrogant idea that puts human society on the same conceptual scale as the whole damn universe. Did I ... haiku about the sakura*, thousands of years' worth of human fruit cultivation, or millions of years of flowered-plant/pollinator ...
14 Feb 2006: You Say Patriarchy, I Say Pahtriarchy
Politics: feminisms, patriarchy, rhetorical nit-picking · 4 comments
... history -- to maintain a distinction between the human capacity and necessity to create a sexual world, and the empirically ... would teach us new and interesting things about human ...
20 Jan 2006: Friday iTunes iChing: Martian Edition
Science, Whimsy: Friday random ten, iTunes iChing, Mars · 2 comments
... atmospheric water, ground water, or both? Or are we puny humans simply imagining glacial deposits where no glaciers existed? Only your ...
Science: literature, science in pop culture · 8 comments
... kids don't think scientists are normal human beings: Around 70% of the 11-15 year olds questioned said they did not ... anyway. Or maybe there are just more nerdy quasi-humans out there than we ...
22 Dec 2005: All I Haven’t Said
Links, Personal, Politics, Teaching: ambition, Caltech, death penalty, liberty, white studies · 3 comments
... right, but in a sense it's also a matter of a lower, more human law; any serious theory of justice has to start from our ordinary claims ... kind of demands that we ordinarily address to our fellow human beings (don't attack me without reason, don't trash my stuff, mind your ...
23 Nov 2005: Own Your Own Conditional Penultimate Paragraphs
Human Fuzzies, Politics, Science: feminism, rhetorical tactics, scientific culture · 2 comments
... Critical analysis of rhetoric may be in the realm of yucky humanism, but we can all see that the "not made" claim has more passion behind ...
8 Nov 2005: Increasingly Tending to Non Sequiturs
Links, Politics, Whimsy: boobies, geomythology, grad school, memes, myth, patriarchy, rape, t-shirt slogans · 7 comments
... to change that, but imprudence can be eliminated from the human race by the simple process of hectoring. Below the fold: I've been ...
26 Oct 2005: How Homosexuality Hurts You
Politics, Science: queerness, smart-assery, yeast · 3 comments
... cryptic same-sex reproduction can enable expansion of a human pathogen to a new geographical niche and contribute to the ongoing ...
21 Sep 2005: Things, Awesome and Otherwise
Links: bioluminescence, flags, genetic engineering, glow in the dark, Hans Island · no comments
... sperm. When are they gonna put jellyfish proteins in the human genome? I want bioluminescent toenails already. Not Awesome: the ...
3 Sep 2005: The Red Cross Is the Military. Or Something.
Politics: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans · no comments
... holding a little child up to demonstrate the extremely inhumane conditions these people are forced to live under. Forced is the right ...
1 Jun 2005: Academic Insecurity Builds Character
Personal, Politics, Science: academia, brain in a jar, impostor syndrome · 6 comments
... apathetic and overwhelmed. Others (albeit mostly in the humanities) have written far more insightfully about the ways in which academic culture asks us to pretend to be dehumanized brains in jars. Suffice it to say that it's a needlessly stressful ...
4 May 2005: California Senate Bill 5: Freedom is Coming!
Politics: academic freedom, California politics · 4 comments
... datum. Also: Curricula and reading lists in the humanities and social sciences shall respect the uncertainty and unsettled character of all human knowledge in these areas, and provide students with dissenting sources ...
Politics: lifestyles of the privileged minority, masculinity · 11 comments
... shapes their lives. After all, your testicles make you human. I cannot believe I just almost used the words "man meat" in a ...
31 Mar 2005: Today’s RSS Zeitgeist: Cheapskates
Politics: classism, consumerism, eccentricity, money · 6 comments
... the other's at Living on Less, set up as a blatantly humanitarian concern: It pained me to see the man spend $30 on haircuts for ...
30 Mar 2005: Pharmaceuticals
Politics: pharmacists · 7 comments
... loss" policies at the whim of the Department of Health and Human Services); pharmacists who leave their jobs during an epidemic are ...
14 Mar 2005: What I Hate About Menstruating
Personal: menstruation, TMI · 49 comments
... Not that wiggly dances have ever, in the whole history of human menstrual cycles, done anything to dislodge a rope of uterine lining. If ...
7 Mar 2005: I’m Getting Sleepy
Links, Science: circadian cycle · 7 comments
Science says: I can't be expected to work in the afternoon, so there. ...
27 Feb 2005: Three Parts
Links, Personal: gender, grad school, memes, nudity, sexual tension · 16 comments
... are four types: Men who don't see women as full-fledged human beings. Men who do manage to see women as human beings, but not as sexual beings, or have a classic virgin/whore dichotomy problem. Men who see women as both human and sexual beings, but not at the same time. They're well-behaved, but ...
7 Feb 2005: Monday Links to Stuff
Links: brain drain, Iowa, nerdy jokes · no comments
... not defined by any prior formalism. Our colleagues in the humanities call this a "metaphor", or sometimes a ...
20 Jan 2005: Fantasy Cabinet
Politics: fantasy politics · 9 comments
... Carter - I can't imagine Vampire Jimmy Carter feeding on human blood. He feeds on carrots instead. Secretary of ...
18 Jan 2005: The Joys of Nasal Irrigation
Personal: bodily fluids, colds, home remedies, medicine · 11 comments
... last night I postulated that body-hate is in fact a basic human instinct, and then I turned that instinct on my nose. Let me tell you, ...
14 Jan 2005: Magical Cow Pr0n!
Links, Politics: earworms, feminism, pornography, sex · 2 comments
... has been writing a series of meditations on the nature of human sexuality at Noli Irritare Leones; there's too many (and I'm too lazy) to ...
20 Nov 2004: Abortion Post Alpha
Politics: abortion, ethics, organ donation · 22 comments
... One is the problem of when to start giving tiny proto-humans moral weight. I'm not inclined to do this before serious brain-knitting ...
10 Nov 2004: Suckers for Science in the Suburbs
Politics: California ballot propositions, embryonic stem cells, genetic engineering, health care, scientific illiteracy, stem cell research · 5 comments
... of debt in a quixotic quest for "miracle cures" from human cloning and embryonic stem cells, they simultaneously rejected Prop. 67, ...
3 Nov 2004: Back on the Horse
Politics: angst, Internet activism, presidential elections, Ralph Nader, US party politics · 2 comments
... but because we share a nation, a planet, a fate, a common humanity. Jeebus cripes, if we're going to be ugly, if we're going to gleefully visualize our fellow human beings choking on their own vomit, can't we at least have the decency to ...
31 Oct 2004: Sample Ballot II: Initiatives Ahoy!
Politics: · 2 comments
... mental health care is necessary both out of simple human compassion, and as a key to reducing homelessness and the welfare rolls - ...
11 Oct 2004: Evolutionary Psychology Goes to the Dentist
Personal, Whimsy: dissociation, evolutionary psychology, medicine · no comments
... and for most purposes, a total stranger. Over the bulk of human history, this is an unusual situation, to say the least - yet we're ... that rape and dentistry are particularly similar, but the human brain has an interestingly limited set of coping ...
23 Aug 2004: John Kerry, War God
Politics: John Kerry, pacifism, presidential elections · no comments
... and saves lives for the pure enjoyment of watching a puny human whimper below him in quivering gratitude, giving tribute, sacrificing ...
Human Fuzzies, Science: · 5 comments
... I've made Harrison or any other of you cross-disciplinary humanists feel like you're being put on the defensive. It's not my intent to criticize the goals or methods of humanists who find it useful to adopt paradigms from the physical sciences - ...
Human Fuzzies, Science: · 7 comments
... my curiosity and I were piqued by mention of a lit-crit/humanities project requiring in-depth knowledge of general relativity, chez All ... goals of those who "borrow" bits of science for nefarious humanistic ends, but it's too insistently bedtime to enumerate ...
25 Jul 2004: Tour de Roid Rage!
Whimsy: sports, steroids, Tour de France · 6 comments
... watch other people explore the limits of the drug-enhanced human body. Why aren't there sports leagues where doping is openly accepted ...
Human Fuzzies: · 1 comment
... pronouncement on the subject of wisdom, success, or human nature. Therefore, essays which respond to a prompt by justifying and ... the process of bringing sexual motives into other areas of human thought. More recently, feminist theory has brought sexual activity and ...
Politics: · no comments
... dogs. I hate it when people place animal welfare above human welfare. I sent the following note to my state legislators, and fellow ...
2 Jun 2004: Viva Quebeckistan!
Personal: quizzes · no comments
... its fingers are bleeding. Which is rather an abuse of the human capacity for metaphor. Iowa was just fine. Nothing happened that made me ...
13 May 2004: Life of the Mind
Politics: cultural criticism, intellectual elitism, intellectuals, unpaid work · 12 comments
... fairly than those elusive tenure-track positions in the humanities. Lilith asks: I mean, here we are writing our blogs, all of us ...
30 Apr 2004: Begging the Oxymoron
Human Fuzzies: languages, whorfianism · no comments
... defending as the Last Noble Carrier of Such Meaning in Human Thought is already covered by another, equally apt phrase; particularly ...
23 Apr 2004: Lazy RSS Roundup
Links: dreams · no comments
A couple of my coworkers have been saying things like "they're giving you responsibilities, that means they must like you!" but seems to me that's kinda like saying "that bear ate your son, it musta really thought the boy was tasty!" - tasty or not, it pre ...
8 Apr 2004: In the End, I Still Really Like Maps
Personal: · 2 comments
... myself up by having all these kinds of discussions with humanities dropouts. To put it bluntly, dropout scientists are still ...
16 Mar 2004: Spain, Appeasement and Multilateralism
Politics: · 2 comments
... to do for us (or even what's in the aggregate interests of humanity generally). And I don't see why we should ascribe to a view of ...
20 Feb 2004: Someone’s Trolling My Bridge
Meta: fan mail · no comments
... rating; it is unpossible to hate monkeys and still be human. But I assume you're just needling me, so I won't respond with the ...
13 Dec 2003: Carda yo mamma
Food: baking, candied yams, cardamom, cooking, food trends, spices · no comments
... to be trusted, but I occasionally have faith in the basic human urges that produce wacky food trends. I put cardamom on my candied yams. ...
27 Oct 2003: Numbered List: I Am Smoke
Personal: adventures, fascist police states, fire, in the desert · 3 comments
... goodbye feeling generally pleased with those parts of humanity that don't charge $300 to send a winch out to the middle of the ...
10 Sep 2003: Epic Immuno-Suppressing Battles
Human Fuzzies: · 6 comments
... classics major once, at Stanford. He was a nerdy guy, but humanities nerds are really a separate breed if you don't count philosophers. ...
22 Aug 2003: But You Still Have Two Kidneys, Scott!
Politics: California politics, criminals, media politics, organ donation, political tactics · 2 comments
... a) things that are funny, or b) things that have juicy human interest stories behind them. I have no idea if there was a juicy human interest story behind this campaign or not, and Scott Davis has "stopped ...
12 Aug 2003: Erasing Time
Meta, Politics: California politics, elections · 2 comments
... theses on political culture to be written, and enough human interest stories to fuel all the high school journalists in the ...
24 Jun 2003: Am I an Ex-Academic?
Personal: · 3 comments
... nice sympathetic blog-entries have come from people in the humanities, and many (most?) of the proffered explanations have a humanities-specific basis. Which is nonsense; scientists have feelings too, and ...
13 May 2003: Anus vs. Mouth
Science: · no comments
... in my life so far. And in case you're curious, humans are deuterostomes - our initial embryonic opening develops into an anus. ...
21 Feb 2003: Someone’s Back
Meta: · no comments
... heartless squirming melted strawberry nougat shell of a human being. what is ceiling wax, anyway? It's the opposite of floor wax. ...
1 Aug 2002: Panties Ready for Bunching
Personal: socks, trolling · 3 comments
... but I hate to be responsible for negligent treatment of human life and limb), I'm left with slim pickings. Thankfully, Simon the ...
8 Jun 2002: rock and roll
Links: city slickerhood, guest posts, human hamster balls · 2 comments
... I mostly don't even see any. Then there's Zorb: human hamster ball as extreme ...
17 Apr 2002: surface learning
Teaching: · 8 comments
... happens to be myself - it's still unfair. I am not a superhuman curiosity machine and neither are my classmates. I know I'm smart, and I ...
12 Mar 2002: Not Blue! Peach!
Whimsy: Caltech, smog · 2 comments
... vapor peach that's seedy and depressing without being dehumanizing or sexy. Even the sky is filthy smog peach if it hasn't rained in a ...
10 Mar 2002: Someone Says it Again
Meta: monkeys · 1 comment
... said: "The parallels between the vervets' behaviour and human behaviour are striking. A cageful of drunken monkeys is like a cocktail ...
Meta: · no comments
... illness might also be included. Any description of human interaction that fails to address these kinds of obligations is going to ...
9 Mar 2002: Love That Love Dart
Links, Science, Whimsy: · 4 comments
... what can the lowly garden snail really teach us about human sexuality? If we could get inside the mind of a snail (a small and slimy ...
6 Mar 2002: Someone’s a Commercial Whore
Meta: · 4 comments
... answer is, not very much. Are you a computer program or human? Discuss. Right, this one raises some interesting metaphysical issues. ... so that everything is either "computer program" or "human"? Such a system seems silly at first, but really, it's no less arbitrary ...
21 Feb 2002: snide wastes of time
Links: · 3 comments
... school to be angry at, and of all of them, he's picked the humanities requirement. Someday, maybe he'll learn. Computer lab inertia ...
5 Feb 2002: Time for Time Cube
Links: crackpots, pranks, time cube · 2 comments
... Interpretive dance entitled "Time Cube". 6:00pm: Human offering to Nuh'ut'qu'avut. 6:30pm: Pie eating contest. 7:00pm: ...
4 Feb 2002: drool… bid… drool
Links: menstruation, religion, robots · 1 comment
... in the realization of a machine that can communicate with humans and understand them. A machine that is gentle to humans and responds appropriately to an individual's needs. Natural ...
30 Jan 2002: I Heart Time Cube
Whimsy: crackpots, time cube · 1 comment
... the only answer that could really make sense: "I'm not a human." He may not be human, but Mr. Ray is still a lovable guy. Not to mention The Greatest ...
17 Nov 2001: jeg var…
Personal: diary, words · no comments
... math and physics, and I was looking forward to utter crap humanities classes. I also had given myself "lots" of work for the last few ...
29 Oct 2001: HT for kunst
Human Fuzzies, Whimsy: art criticism, photography, poststructuralism · no comments
... lighting and cheapass processing, it depicts the dehumanizing effects of our postmodern industrialized worker bee culture. It is ...
15 Oct 2001: I don’t know if you’ve
Politics: · no comments
... and cathedrals in Western Europe, and low on my pet human heritage favorites like bridges. Also interesting is the average age - ...
13 Oct 2001: More fun with referral logs
Meta: search requests, socks · no comments
... - it gives me such a nice look at the endless variety of human sexuality. Fetish, fetish, who else has a ...
31 Aug 2001: recovered conversation
Personal: · no comments
... of the old arguments about semantics and the future of human artistic impulse (and we're talking two years old, now, incredible how ...
Whimsy: · no comments
... what language they're speaking. They sound so much more human than everything else in this library, though, that I'm oddly comforted by ... at the thought of a federalism disad. Myself. I stink of human. Incidentally, if you haven't seen Planet of the Apes yet, don't bother ...