BoobSaver 5K

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In honor of Friday’s National Mammogram day, Jack Black gets a mammogram in honor of the Men for Women Now campaign, a collaboration between the Noreen Fraser Foundation and SocialVibe to fund women’s cancer research. Jack co-wrote this video where he encourages men to “get off our lazy butts…”

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Brother Sam Presents the Oral Awards

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This hilarious video is a special program featuring Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist as he institutes a new award in honor of outstanding achievement in the oral arts. Starting with Oral Roberts, who was commanded by Jeebuz to “get your ass out there and evangelize!!”
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Today’s Mystery Bird for you to Identify

You will find the discussion at Maniraptora.

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Brostitution and Brostitutes

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Okay, speaking of “what is family”; this video is a humorous trailer for an imaginary documentary that takes a closer look at the seedy world of brostitution and brostitutes. Brostitutes are men who provide companionship to lonely men .. scientists and doctors, for example .. in exchange for money. This film digs deeper than any other film has when it comes to this secret world of bro-on-bro non-sexual love for profit.
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The Empathic Civilisation

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This video animates a presentation by bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical thinker, Jeremy Rifkin. It presentes his investigations into the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
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What Am I Doing With This Blog?

Honestly, I don’t know for sure. I am developing my plans “on the fly.” Currently, I have all my domain names pointing here, which might confuse you since I am using this blog as a “content dump” (such an inelegant term) as well as a mirror for my several blogs while I search for a new home. I am trying to figure out how to import my (rather large) ScienceBlogs site, along with reader comments and images and whatnot. I do not anticipate making wp my permanent home because it’s rather unimpressive and awkward to work with (and besides, I am so so lonely here!).

But I am interested to work on a blog platform that uses Word Press. From what I am experiencing so far, WP is far more tractable when it comes to moving a blog than is MT4, although blogger seems easiest of all when it comes to exporting/importing a blog, comments and images … hm, maybe I should go back to blogger? Nah!
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ScienceBlogs = ZombieBlogs

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or you are the CEO of Seed Media Group (SMG), you are well aware that Bora Zivkovic left ScienceBlogs 24 hours ago. Shockingly, despite this important loss, Adam Bly, CEO of SMG, has not communicated about this loss by telephone, email, text, twitter, carrier pigeon or even with smoke signals with any of us who remain at ScienceBlogs. As far as I am concerned, ScienceBlogs is now ZombieBlogs, the undead, a heartless and soulless brain-eating monster that once was a beautiful living ideal.

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SMG/Sb Ethical Lapse Claims Another ‘SciBling’

I am greatly saddened to be able to tell you finally that my friend and colleague — no, former colleague — Bora Zivkovic, is leaving ScienceBlogs for good. I suspected and then knew for the past week and a half that this was coming, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I am deeply, deeply upset. So upset that I am really not able to talk about it. But in short, Bora is like a brother to me and since I’ve no family to speak of (until a few short months ago, when my real-life brother contacted me), Bora was the closest person to a brother I’ve ever had. I am sure you will want to continue reading his blog, so be sure to change your blogroll to include Bora’s independent site at wordpress.

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Parrots, People and Pedagogies: A Look at Teaching and Education

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ALEX the African Grey Parrot and Dr Irene Pepperberg.

Image: The ALEX Foundation.

Like anyone who has taught science courses, and probably like anyone who has ever taught anything to a classroom in the history of mankind, I’ve wondered how to motivate my students to really care about the material they are learning, beyond simply “studying for the test.” For example, I have used a group method of study where groups of 4 students are each assigned a specific task: to become an expert in a particular area and to share their knowledge with the other groups. This method is only partially successful since it is dependent upon good classroom rapport and careful management by the professor, otherwise, each group of “experts” can selectively withhold or misrepresent information that is important for developing a better understanding of the topic at hand.

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MT4 –> WP = Chewing Razor Blades

As some of you might suspect, instead of finishing those essays I’ve got halfway done, I’ve been very busy backing up and exporting my ScienceBlogs site, along with all my images, image links and reader comments to my wordpress blog. Considering the ethical disaster zone that the once-respectable ScienceBlogs has managed to transform itself into, and the possibility that the entire Sb site might suddenly disappear without warning, relying on WP as a mirror site until I decide upon the future of my blog is probably the wisest thing I can do. Except for one problem: The ScienceBlogs platform is Moveable Type 4 (MT4) whilst wordpress is .. well, Word Press.

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