Skepticism is great…to a point.

If we want to use scientific thinking to solve problems, we need people to appreciate evidence and heed expert advice.

Not that there’s anything wrong with learning as much as you can about any given subject…Just remember that it’s always possible that someone somewhere knows more than you.

“Disregard for experts who have spent years studying critical issues is a dangerous default position. The ability of our society to make decisions in the public interest is handicapped when evidence and thoughtfully presented arguments are ignored.”

Read More – Why We Need To Listen To The Real Experts In Science | Lifehacker Australia.


Umm…check out these links.

‘Ums’ and ‘ers’ help children learn – via – An interesting study…It seems to indicate that disfluencies in speech have an unexpected benefit.  They help children learn by calling attention to when something important is said.  Saying “like” every other word still makes you sound retarded, though.

Carry Conditions and Firearm Safety – via – ITS Tactical is one of my favourite sites that I visit almost every day.  It’s actually a little strange, now that I think of it, that I haven’t linked to more of their articles in the past.  Anyway…check it out.

And last but not least, today there are two posts over at that are particularly, well, cool…
Red Oak Burger Grilling Planks – Because meat cooked outside with fire just tastes better.
Automatic Maratac Pilot Watch – Because sometimes the new hotness comes in a plain package.  Unfortunately they’re sold out already.

I came here to post links and chew bubble gum…and I’m all outta gum.

If you do this in an email, I hate you. – via – Read this.  If any of them apply to you, die.  Except you, Mom.  Keep sending me those funny cat pictures and email hoaxes that have been circulating since the 90’s.

Why Comcast can (but probably won’t) read your e-mails, IMs – via – This could also be titled “Another reason why lawyers suck.” or “If you’re THAT worried, use encryption!”.  The end of the article sums it up perfectly – “…take comfort in the fact that your activities are (probably) boring enough that they will never bother to [read your email]”.  Think about how many billions of emails are sent daily.  Are yours so important that anybody will give a shit what they say?  Doubtful.  If you are that important (or that paranoid) then there are commercial encryption solutions available to safeguard your email.  Just get it before the U.S. government legislates their way in the back door.  What difference does it really make, anyway?  Everybody knows the tech support guy has been reading your email for years.
Clive Thompson on the Power of Visual Thinking – via – Although it boils down to “A picture is worth a thousand words” this is still an interesting article.  The comments underneath it are also becoming a decent debate.

Duke Nukem Forever Demoed – via – Duke Nukem 3D was released in January of 1996.  The sequel, Duke Nukem Forever, has been rumoured and promised since April of 1997.  It has been vaporware for so long that it’s actually been retired from some lists.  I’m still expecting this to all be part of an elaborate scam for the publisher to rake in millions of dollars in pre-orders, then disappear.

Google TV may finally get TV right in the online video age – via – If Google pulls this off, expect big changes in how people use their computers AND their TVs.  The evolution of on-demand content is getting very interesting.  I wonder how internet service providers who also provide cable TV will treat this new technology and lost ad revenue.

Toshiba to Launch Glasses-Free 3D TVs Later this Year – via – I can’t wait to see this technology in action.  Too bad it’s tiny screens and huge price tags.  Must have patience.

Anti-Government Sovereign Citizen Movement Makes a Comeback – via – I’m really not sure what I think of this one.  On one hand, I agree with the idea that the government should stay out of the lives of private citizens.  On the other hand, if you want to be part of a society, you have to live by its rules.  I do admire the way they stick to their principles, though, because I don’t care how many guns you have, the government has more.

The Office Worker’s 101 Guide to a USB Thumb Drive – via – This article has some handy tips.

And The Bonus!
Oral and Anal Sex Are Becoming More Popular – via – Several interesting statistics.  I found a certain inequality to be of particular interest.  According to this study, “85 percent of men claim they gave their partner an orgasm during their latest sexual event, whereas only 64 percent of women said they achieved orgasm during their most recent sexual encounter.”  Congratulations, ladies.  21 percent of you are very good actors!  Well played.