Conspiring in Political Falsehoods

On a day of darkness, sweet news from the Nightosphere

So Marceline from Adventure Time, and her dad (a true patron of Science), have released an album. I ask you to rob a collection plate and buy it, now. Among many other Musical Accomplishments and Humorous Lies, this guy Martin Olson (Marcie’s eeevil dad in the Land of Ooo) wrote most of the music for Phineas and […]

Paywalls are not immoral (so you don’t have to use them)

Since the 2012 election I have had little cause to defend Science from the forces of Good, but a recent Guardian blogpost by Mike Taylor has roused me from the state of suspended animation in which I have resided these past months. The article is titled “Hiding your research behind a paywall is immoral” and it […]

Rubio is no rube

Nor is Marco an easy mark. Watch this expert piece of fence-sitting: GQ: How old do you think the Earth is? Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing […]

Affective computing and future elections

It’s trivial knowledge for any grown Satanist that politics on Earth are a mere shadow play, mirroring the politics of Hell. The recent US election, in particular, should be thought of as half focus group, half sitcom. It sure was entertaining to see so many people vote for Atheistic Science, calling the Christian platform “malarkey”… if […]

More news of Hell’s ongoing Cabinet Reshuffle

Several of you have tweeted in with the news that Charles Darwin received 4,000 write-in votes against the dread Preacher Broun in Tuesday’s elections. We are indeed aware of this, in Hell. The 4,000 write-in votes were, of course, insufficient to raise Charles from the dead and install him as a zombie Representative (that takes a […]

Romentum, Winertia, and Moneyball Moments

There is much talk among the beltway pundits of “momentum” saving Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign, and our Chief Scientist-Decepticons are pushing back hard. The conflict is being called Politics’ Moneyball Moment. Nate Silver, regrettably, appears to have confused the concepts of momentum and inertia. (For those who don’t have their Handy Pocket Book of Physics […]

Why we must be careful about letting Mitt Romney kiss babies

This video (featured by Max Headroom in the first episode, back in 1984) reminds us of the early promise of robots, and also that you should never let your audience backstage.