Astronomy

Equinox mix up at New York Times

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Letter to Editor, New York Times: In your beautifully written New York Times article about the vernal equinox, entitled “The Tilted Earth at Its ‘Equal Night of Spring’,” author Natalie Angier is incorrect when she makes the following observation: “Twice a year …. If you could imagine being on the Sun and looking out toward […]

International Relations

Brzezinski and his Great Game

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The Grand Chessboard IR 6602 – Geostrategy Troy University Student: Peter Bakke [email protected] The temptation of imperial overreach, to become the Athens of the twenty-first century and embark on self-defeating Sicilian expeditions, is ever-present… which is born of arrogance of power. Robert J. Art Intervening everywhere is not an option. Richard Haas What I fear […]

Dissertation

Rules for Class Attendance

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Peter Bakke – [email protected] Legitimate excuses for missing class: I was injured and was taken to the hospital (and here is the note from the doctor/paramedic/ambulance driver/voodoo surgeon). I was sick (and here is the note from the Dean/doctor/faith healer/local voodoo priest). I am on the verge of a nervous breakdown (and here is the […]

Neat Stuff

Cat’s meow

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Albert Einstein: “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” Then again, Einstein was a bit of a wag. Consider his explanation of wireless communication: “The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail […]

Writing

Furst on Writing

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“Research. Once upon a time I toyed with the idea of a career in academia, as a medievalist. But academia toyed with me, and I gave up on the middle ages, because I didn’t think of myself as somebody who would spend his life doing research. I leave the moral of the story to you, […]

Neat Stuff

Darwin clan pretty special, I’d say

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  View image | gettyimages.com “As the earth and ocean were probably peopled with vegetable productions long before the existence of animals; and many families of these animals long before other families of them, shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic […]

Neat Stuff

Cool English Town names

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Bognor Regis Beachy Head Royal Turnbridge Wells Snave Smarden Great Mongeham Foulness Island Pratfield Mortimer Bumbles Green Pilgrims Hatch Shellow Bowells Great Oxney Green Messing Cressing Walton on the Naze Preston Bissett Maids’ Moreton Hinton on the Hedges Rotherfield Peppard Related articles Bungling Hampshire hospital invites 99-year-old woman to maternity appointment The world’s sunniest destinations