July 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm Comments (0)
Ethan Siegel, who blogs at Starts with a Bang, has volunteered to shave his head if 100 people donate some of their money, or some time, to charity.
Here’s how Ethan explained it:
You see, I believe that if a lot of people get involved with something positive, even if it’s just a little bit, we can make a tremendous change. So I have a challenge for everyone who reads this.
Donate at least ten dollars (or ten euros, or ten pounds, or whatever’s the closest equivalent in your currency) or volunteer at least four hours at whatever charitable organization you choose.
When you do it, leave a comment at the bottom of this post, telling us:
1. what you donated/volunteered to do,
2. what organization you donated to/volunteered for, and
3. why you chose that organization.
I donated $25 to Médecins Sans Frontières – there are links to all their country-specific sites in my Silence is the Enemy post.
July 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm Comments (0)
One of my favourite podcasts is the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. Personally, I found the interview with ornithologist Richard Prum in the most recent episode utterly fascinating, so, in the extraordinarily unlikely event that you’ve come across my blog but not the SGU, go listen (and subscribe) to it now!
I’ve currently got experiments running every which way, which is why progress on The Voyage of the Beagle has been rather sluggish lately. I’m not going to explain this graph, but, suffice to say, if my hypothesis had been correct, the green line would have risen faster than the blue, maroon or orange lines.