Category Archives: Musings

A look at the Aral Sea

SpaceGizmo points to this lovely image of the South Aral Sea basin taken by NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite.  The white areas are sort of a “bathtub ring” of salt indicating the area that was once covered by this sea, which … Continue reading

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Atheism and agnosticism

In a follow-up to my brief series on the Pew Religious Knowledge Survey, I thought I’d put up a post on my views on atheism and agnosticism as someone who identifies primarily as an atheist when it comes to theological … Continue reading

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Two interesting points

I left a comment on Eric Fischer’s photoset laying out some of my thoughts on the coloring of his urban racial/ethnic distribution maps, to which he had the following response: Thanks for trying out some other colors! To my (red-green-colorblind) … Continue reading

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Musings on map coloration

While checking my feed reader for the day, I noticed that Andrew Gelman had come across the same set of maps by Eric Fischer that I referenced in the previous post.  Intrigued, I checked the comments.  At the time, the … Continue reading

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Should we fear alien invasion?

Stephen Hawking has created a new Discovery Channel show called Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, which covers some of the possibilities of life beyond our own home world.  A few excerpts from the British press have lit a storm … Continue reading

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A one-way trip to Mars?

In contrast to my post last week about some recently uncovered qualities of lunar craters that will likely make any plans to settle or develop the Moon much more difficult, I am going to focus on Mars and the challenges … Continue reading

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The UK election—theoretical problems with single member district plurality systems

On May 6, the UK will be holding a general election, which will determine the composition of the House of Commons in Parliament going forward.  This election is particularly interesting, since it highlights one of the major quirks of the … Continue reading

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