Nov 222007


Here are two videos of submarines, the British sub HMS Tireless and a US sub the USS Alexandria, participating in an ‘Ice Ex’ *together* in the Arctic.

I did a lot of time on subs but never had the pleasure of doing ice ops. Those exercises always intrigued me, partly because it’s a little more dangerous and interesting and very few sailors get to partake each year.

This one is the USS Alexandria surfacing:

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This one is the HMS Tireless surfacing. Skip ahead to 1:20 to see the good stuff:

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 Posted by at 7:11 am
Nov 222007

Intelligent Design

Did you see the 2 hour Nova special recently on the Intelligent Design (ID) debate? It revolved around an historic Federal case that pitted Creationists against Darwinists in 2004, basically it was the “Scopes Monkey trial” all over again as religion tries to find its way back into public schools in place of, or to be considered side by side with, scientific evidence and reason.

The Dover trial was the latest in a long line of court cases involving the teaching of evolution, but it was exceptional in that it was the first case that tested the legality of teaching Intelligent Design in a science class. The decision at Dover determined that ID was unscientific and fundamentally religious.
That’s not to say that the Discovery Institute and other ID proponents have packed up and called it a day; instead, they seem to simply be changing tactics.

Ars Technica takes a look at these changes in tactical rebranding, if you have an interest in this debate from either side you should read this article.

You can watch the Nova program on ID that includes reenactments of key testimony during the trial, they broke it up into 12 chapters.

 Posted by at 6:49 am
Nov 212007


How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries?

MapsOfWar has a really cool Flash based map video showing where and when the dominant religions started and their ebb and flow over time across the planet. If you’re a history geek you’ll like this, see 5000 years of religion in 90 seconds.

Link to the History of Religion Video/Map.

 Posted by at 7:08 am