Expelled from expelled

The latest tactic by US creationists is to cry academic discrimination, and they’ve produced a documentary, ‘Expelled!’, claiming that anybody who criticises evolution is being forced out by evil Darwinian scientists. The makers interviewed biologist P.Z. Myers under false pretences, and yesterday he tried to get into a local showing:

I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago. Well, I tried … but I was Expelled! It was kind of weird — I was standing in line, hadn’t even gotten to the point where I had to sign in and show ID, and a policeman pulled me out of line and told me I could not go in. I asked why, of course, and he said that a producer of the film had specifically instructed him that I was not to be allowed to attend. The officer also told me that if I tried to go in, I would be arrested. I assured him that I wasn’t going to cause any trouble.

This isn’t all that surprising, but I haven’t included the best bit. Head over to Pharyngula to see what happened next…Via L.

Double standards to live up to

While standing at a newsagent’s counter yesterday I spotted this:

Cosmopolitan Cover

Sorry for the small copy – I couldn’t snap a photo at the time, and this is the largest image available online. On the right hand side is the headline:

The sexual-health parasites who prey on your fears

and then, directly underneath:

Find out how yours measure up in Cosmo’s great boob comparathon

All right, so ‘normality’ isn’t the same as ‘sexual health’. But it’s the same kind of thing. I can’t believe nobody spotted the irony.

Out of contact

For somebody who makes a living fixing other people’s computers, I do seem to break my own on a worringly regular basis. By 1100 yesterday I’d swapped out the motherboard, and spent the rest of the day trying to talk the hard drive into booting properly so that I can install Windows. I think I need (mother of all evils) a floppy disk1, which is problematic since I don’t have a floppy disk drive. I think I know one I can steal. Back sometime, hopefully in the near future.

  1. so that I can press F6 and load SATA drivers during the initial install procedure, which currently works ok. The motherboard claims to ’emulate PATA’ for SATA drives, but, well, doesn’t. []