Monthly Archive: April 2013

How a disastrous debut and an unhappy marriage gave us WiFi (almost) 0

How a disastrous debut and an unhappy marriage gave us WiFi (almost)

In June 1941, Hedy Kiesler Markey and George Antheil filed patent number 2,292,387 for a “Secret Communication System”. The object of the invention was to provide a relatively simple and reliable method of secret...

Creation science in the courts didn’t end with Scopes 0

Creation science in the courts didn’t end with Scopes

“‘Creation science’ has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false, and because good teachers understand exactly why it...

Tools for the modern ghost-hunter 0

Tools for the modern ghost-hunter

Ghost hunting has a long and honourable history dating back to ancient times. One finds, for example,  at least one talkative ghost in the tales of Ancient Egypt. And ghosts were common in Roman...

Can you sue for a failed exorcism? 1

Can you sue for a failed exorcism?

My attention was caught this week by a news article about a Romanian lawyer who sued his local Orthodox bishop and four priests claiming they failed to properly exorcise flatulent demons that were forcing...

urban predators 3

urban predators

One brown falcon flies each day through the cliffs of the Terrace. Today there were three. Damn haikus. Too few syllables to say what you want without resorting to strikethrough.

Just a Limestone Cowboy 2

Just a Limestone Cowboy

When I was writing my last blog about eggs, I had a few outtakes that didn’t quite fit. One of these was the druidical egg described by Pliny the Elder, which was probably a...