Sunday, 27 November 2022

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Science March

After spending more than a month trying to get MuseBlog’s slideshow app to work, I’ve given up and decided just to post the pictures I took at the Science March. Here are some to start with; captions and more photos will follow later.

I marched with a throng of paleontologists:
Science March, paleontology contingent
Science March, paleontology contingent

Other marches may have been bigger or slicker than the March for Science, but the scientists had the best hats. Good costumes, too:
Science march, hats
Science march, hats
Science march, hats

We mustered on the Washington Monument grounds and then marched down Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol amid intermittent rain:
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue
Science March, marching down Constitution Avenue

Most of the signs were homemade, and not all of them were equally water-repellent. Some of my favorites:
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs
Science March, catchy signs

And, of course, the obligatory steely-jawed selfie:
Science March, Robert

MuseBlog Exclusive: World’s Most Adorable Rice Cooker

Free to a Good Home!

Aroma Mi rice cooker

Robert saith:

This Aroma Mi Three-Cup Rice Cooker is by far the cutest household appliance I’ve ever owned. It also works perfectly and is easy to use. Unfortunately, using it just once revealed that it actually makes just two cups of rice. (The “cups” in its name refer to a roughly 6-ounce or 175-milliliter measuring cup that comes with the cooker.) That’s not quite enough for my household.

My loss can be your gain. The first MBer to send ens address to me at “thegapas [at]” will receive this little gem in the mail absolutely free of charge. How’s that for a deal?

(This offer applies only within the continental United States. That’s all the postage I can afford. Sorry, farther-flung friends!)


October 2016: Retro Incredible Morphing Chameleon Thread

Since the responses on the Random thread seemed positive, I decided to reboot these threads.

Shiny new rule: No nesties! The conversation will meander from topic to topic anyhow. Also, it adds to the retro vibe.


The last October Incredible Morphing Chameleon thread I found was from 2008. So I purloined the image and the first topic from that month’s random thread. Incidentally, this was also the month I first stumbled upon MuseBlog.

Unlike the random thread, this discussion thread stays on topic until the topic changes or the month ends.

Newcomers should read The Rules and The Guide before plunging in.

Current topic:
Online media: Post-truth cesspit or literal hellhole?

The election and its aftermath

Suggested topics: 

Have fun!

Hot Topics, v. 2016

It’s been a while since we had a new Hot Topics thread, so here goes.

As noted before, this is a place for careful, clear, respectful discussions of difficult topics. No flame wars, please. This isn’t the rest of the Internet (as you may have noticed).

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KaiYves reports from Athens, Greece, where she is on an archaeological dig:

Today, Gimanator took time out from his whirlwind tour of Europe to hang out with me at the Acropolis Museum here in Athens. I was pretty tired from digging this morning, so I don’t know how coherent I was, but I tried to be a good tour guide and intelligently discuss art, politics, and the ethics of museology. We took this photo outside of the museum.

Also attached is a photo of a pin of Urania that I saw at the Hard Rock Cafe earlier in the day. I didn’t know she had dyed her hair.

A report of our observations for the Kokonspiracy file on a possible heist of the British Museum’s Parthenon statuary will be submitted according to procedure S-39b.

Kai and Gim in Athens
Urania at the Hard Rock Cafe

Good News, v.2015-2016

By popular request, here’s an antidote to the Rants and Complaints thread: a place to talk about things you’re happy about. We could all use a little good news.

Continued from the original thread.

Berkeley mini-Kokon, November 2015


Gimanator happened to be in town for a concert, so we got Chinese food and talked for a while about art and life. Unfortunately I didn’t remember the tradition until we were about to part, so this image is the only extant documentation of the event.



Time and Wung Management 101

It seems many of us have time management and organizational strategies and many of us could share tips. Share them here! Ask questions here!


International “Talk Like a Pirate” Day 2015

Ar-har, mateys! ‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year again!


San Franciskokonvention 2015

KNOWN PERPETRATORS: POSOC, Dodecahedron, Choklit Orange


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Happy Tenth Anniversary, MuseBlog!

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that MuseBlog has been a hugely positive formative influence on me. But, as I am a scientist at heart, it wasn’t enough for me to just say “I’m sure I’m not alone.” So I asked some of my friends how they felt about having had MuseBlog in their life for ten years.

Also, I (Dodecahedron) baked an honorary cake with Fern. Julia also baked a cake. Then, with the cake-baking fervor going around, Jadestone made some cupcakes. Pics below the fold.

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Big Ideas

A place to explore the implications of broad, far-reaching, perhaps wild and crazy notions that insert themselves into your imagination and somehow won’t go away.


Towel Day 2015

Many happy returns of the day to all you hoopy froods who know where your towels are.


Happy 451st Birthday, William Shakespeare!

We think one of your lines says it all:

What fools these mortals be!

And the rest is silence.

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Happy Pi Day!

It’s 3/14/15 according to the American date-writing convention, and this thread is set to go live at 9:26. At some point between 53 and 54 seconds later, the world will experience (or will have experienced, depending on when you read this) Pi Moment.

And there was much rejoicing!


In Memoriam: Terry Pratchett


-Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015

In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy

In my heart
Is the seed of the tree
Which will be me.
Nourished by understanding
Warmed by friends
Fed by loved ones
Matured by wisdom
Tempered by tears.

–Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)
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Lists, Lists, Lists (v. 2015)

Things to do:

1. Check the original Lists thread.
2. Find out what it’s all about and how to do it.
3. Return here.
4. Make lists.


Stanford Kokon, 13 February 2015

There we were: Robert, Kokonilly, and Rosanne!


D.C. mini-Kokon, January 22, 2015

Dodecahedron and Robert, together again after all these years:

Dodec and Robert


Music, v. 2015

Listening, playing, performing, composing.

Continued from v. 2014

Quotations, v. 2015

Continued from v. 2012

GAPA mini-Kokonvention, January 2015

Robert writes:

Rosanne is in town visiting her parents, so naturally I jumped at the chance to see them all yesterday. We ate rugelach and strange chocolate laced with hot peppers and Pop Rocks, and then Rosanne and I posed for a photos with a little ceramic Kokopelli trivet.

At first, we had trouble sitting still.

Our faces were the last things to settle down.

Finally the picture fell into place.


Happy New Year!

How’s 2015 working out for you so far? What are your hopes and plans for the year? Reflections? Resolutions? Better write them down while they’re still fresh and new: that squeaky-clean feeling fades fast.


Movies, v. 2014-2015

Remember to post spoiler warnings, please!

Continued rather belatedly from Movies, v.2013.

The creation of this thread has absolutely nothing to do with bookgirl_me just having seen “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”.