Reality Checks: Creationist Cosmos, Chess, and Lunar Eclipse Photos

Reality Checks: Creationist Cosmos, Chess, and Lunar Eclipse Photos

If creationists presented Cosmos. (via Funny or Die) Captain America actor also wants a Wonder Woman movie. (via The Mary Sue) Are girls bad at chess. (via Scientific American) Lunar eclipse photos. (via Discovery News) Featured image credit: Jakub Kadlec via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The Mary Sue

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The Mary Sue

As a writer I come across the term ‘Mary Sue’ often enough. Hell I come across that term as a reader and yes as an unashamed, hyperactive English lit nerd. Up until recently I had no real qualms with this term, that is until I began to analyse it’s frequent usage to critique female characters far and wide with very little light being shone on their male counter parts. For those w... »

Suspension of Disbelief: Magic Time

Suspension of Disbelief: Magic Time

3/5 fire-breathing dragons. Marc Scott Zicree and Barbara Hambly Barbara Hambly has been one of my favorite fantasy authors for a long time, due to wonderful characters and a need to explain or at least speculate about how everything supernatural actually works.  Her Dragonslayer features diagrams of dragons with comments about hollow bones, and in Those who Hunt the Night, a young doctor of the V... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 94: Sinusoidal Infection

The Physics Philes, lesson 94: Sinusoidal Infection

Last week we started talking about mechanical waves. Now that we have some of the essential knowledge under our belts, let’s dig in a little deeper. It’s time to start talking about periodic waves. A note: Everything you’re about to read goes for both transverse and longitudinal waves. But it’s easier to visualize, I think, by describing it in terms of transverse waves. Jus... »

Reality Checks: Jenny McCarthy, Homeless Jesus, and Chameleon Colors

Reality Checks: Jenny McCarthy, Homeless Jesus, and Chameleon Colors

Jenny McCarthy now claims she isn’t anti-vax. Yeah, right. (via Bad Astronomy) “Homeless Jesus” sculpture causes controversy in an affluent North Carolina neighborhood. (via NPR) How – and why – chameleons change colors. (via Zoologic) Nigerian 14-year-old bride killed her 35-year-old husband with rat poison at their wedding feast. (via Raw Story) Featured image credi... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! You’re a Good Kid but You’re Misunderstood Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! You’re a Good Kid but You’re Misunderstood Edition

Hello! It’s Friday, so it’s time to get into that weekend mood. This week’s selection is from an artist I’d never heard of before, but she’s utterly delightful. Her name is Allie Goertz, aka Cossbysweater. She sings quiet folk music about very nerdy pop culture topics, like D&D and The Simpsons. The song I chose is about Sam from the short-lived television show Fr... »

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