Monthly Archives: October 2006

Water Damage Sticker

Under the battery cover, cell phones have circular stickers that indicate whether a phone has been water-damaged or not. Here’s mine:
 Water Damage Sticker

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Converting Pi to Binary

Buddy, you do not want to convert pi to binary.

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YouTube Is Pretty Legit

YouTube doesn’t really have legal troubles. This article explains how part of the DMCA actually makes YouTube’s way of doing things explicitly legal. That is, the runners of a service aren’t liable for hosting infringing content as long as they a) don’t know about it and b) remove it promptly when they are notified. YouTube seems to be pretty responsive when copyright holders complain (sadly, they took down a bunch of Daily Show and Colbert Report clips) so they — and Google — should be alright.

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Idolator, K-Fed, JT, DFA

Idolator pleas with its readers to listen to the K-Fed album so others don’t have to. Apparently it’s pretty bad. But here’s James Lipton of Inside the Actor’s Studio reciting lyrics from K-Fed’s “Popozao”, which didn’t make the album :(.

If you’re interested in good music, Idolator also has an mp3 of Justin Timberlake remixed by DFA.

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Marital Rape Is Now Illegal in India

For the first time in India, husbands can now be tried for raping their wives.

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A Big Fence Will Solve the Problem

 A Big Fence Will Solve the Problem

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It’s Me

 Its Me

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Borat to Sell Kids

“I have come here with Bilak, my 11 year old son, his wife and their child, and we are hoping maybe to put some chocolate make-up on the child’s face and sell him to Madonna. I am hoping that Madonna will be a very good father for it.”

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Coins Don’t Smell

The smell your fingers get after you touch coins actually comes from your skin. Oils in your skin decompose when they touch iron.

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Religion & Science

Richard Dawkins has a new book out called The God Delusion, which I’ve mentioned before. By way of promotion, he posted an essay at the Huffington Post and gave an interview to Salon. I’m not going to read the book because if it’s anything like his HuffPost post, it would just be hours and hours of going “yeah, I know. I agree.”

The thing that gets on people’s nerves about Dawkins is that he’s unwilling to say that science and religion can co-exist, which leaves a stark choice for a lot of people. He’s tired of this ingrained cultural idea we have that it’s okay and even noble to have faith in things without reason. I’m with him all the way, but it’s definitely hard — precisely because the idea is so ingrained. In discussion, you come off as mean when you don’t defer a bit to faith, when you don’t make exceptions for somebody’s religious beliefs. In fact, for a long time, I subscribed to the “religion and science are separate, compatible, and complementary” line.

But religion and science are not separate. Religions make factual claims, and those claims should be subjected to scientific inquiry. And when we have evidence enough to know that one claim or another is wrong — the world is flat, man was created in his present form, earth is 4000 years old — we shouldn’t hesitate to cast that claim aside. Anybody who still clings to these discarded ideas should at least be good enough to admit that they’re choosing religion over science. They should also admit that they’re choosing to be irrational, which is their prerogative.

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