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:

WARNING!
The sexual-health parasites who prey on your fears

and then, directly underneath:

HOW NORMAL ARE YOUR BREASTS?
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. []