random song o’ the moment

Jan 30th, 2009 Posted in music | 2 comments »

“King of Pain” covered by Alanis Morissette

the evolution of abolition

Jan 28th, 2009 Posted in history, science | 2 comments »

Interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald on the work of historians Adrian Desmond and James Moore, who explain in their book Darwin’s Sacred Cause that Charles Darwin’s work on the theory of evolution was actually motivated by his strong moral opposition to slavery.  Darwin set out to refute the commonly held belief that the different races were created inherently unequal (a philosophical basis for slavery) by showing that all humans had, in fact, evolved from a common ancestor.

inauguration

Jan 27th, 2009 Posted in currents, history | no comment »

The inauguration was, to say the least, quite an experience.  There was the standing on the mall for 6 hours in subfreezing temperatures with a couple of million of our closest friends… the random appearance of Samuel L. Jackson… the crowd spontaneously breaking out into chants of “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye” when W appeared on the Jumbotron, and the silence followed by cheers as the oath was administered (more or less, courtesy of the Chief Justice).  Then came the inaugural ball, with appearances by both the Obamas and the Bidens.  And of course, the trusty camera was there for it all.