Wednesday, December 07, 2005

COM: Blogarithmic #71

Yippee, the Fordham Foundation has completed its annual survey of the state of science teaching in the states. Texas got an F for its standards, is considered to have declined in its teaching of science, and scored the second lowest possible grade for teaching evolution. Back in the familiar role of national morons.

ACLU Freedom Files is airing again starting Thursday December 8. You can check it out by going here.

And while we're in that political mode, check out the brand new Carnival of the Liberals here at

From Richard Reeves, via Altercation:

"The History News Network at George Mason University has just polled
historians informally on the Bush record. Four hundred and fifteen, about a
third of those contacted, answered -- maybe they were all crazed liberals --
making the project as unofficial as it was interesting. These were the results:
338 said they believed Bush was failing, while 77 said he was succeeding. Fifty
said they thought he was the worst president ever," here.
Timothy Noah, in Slate, gives us his nomination for the worst president's worst moment.

Well, it appears that our frigid, icy, nasty weather has arrived a day early. Sleet and possible snow are predicted tonight along with a low of 21. The temperature was at 50 at 5 a.m. but it apparently dropped to freezing early this morning sometime and has not peaked over about 31. Tomorrow the low will be about 19, not much better, but without the wet. We hope. Anyway, the temps ought to be rising again by the weekend.

Good thing, i'm hoping to be in Tyler on Saturday for the 4A State Championship game between Highland Park and Marshall. It should be a great game. It's about a seven-hour drive from here but i'm trying to make enough arrangements to get me there and back, without throwing too big a kink in my schedule.

My friends know how i've dreamed of living in Montana or Wyoming. Only i could only live there about three weeks because of my terminal coldophobia. So, i'm sitting here in my jacket, chilled, rueing the cancellation of tonight's rehearsal in case of bad roads (yeah, i know our roads can't possibly be that bad, but folks here have no clue how to drive on ice; and we're talking about kids here, driving to rehearsal, soooo . . .). But then i'm thinking too about West Yellowstone, Montana, near where i'd like to live, but where last night's temp was 45 below zero. Nope, nothin' doin'.

John Abbott is putting out a new annual publication -- the Texas Odonata Survey. I submitted an article about my research here, and the film Ode to a River. Hopefully it's in the ballpark of what he was looking for. If not i'll reprint it here and on the KerrFauna site for future reference.

The big numbers part of the paper show 74 documented odonate species in Kerr County, with 3 additional species seen but not photographed or collected yet. An additional 19 species have been found in surrounding counties. If you look at a slightly different cohort -- Odonates of the Guadalupe/San Antonio River Watershed -- you find an additional 46 species, for a total of 120.

Folks from around here know that there was a death this week at our neighbor and friends' Star Ranch. My thoughts are with all you guys.

The top-ranked Ingram Tom Moore boys basketball team is still undefeated although Dripping Springs gave them a 46-45 overtime scare last night.

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