Random Thoughts

GameStop Transgender Meltdown: Self ID Is Visual ID. UPDATE The Transwomans Interview

U pdate: Comments from the gentleman who took the video and a different trans lady with an interesting take on the whole incident. Video showing a self-identified transgender woman having a moment after being misgendered has gone viral and this raises som ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jan 8 2019 - 12:35am

Kevin Hart, Must Apologize. There Are Gay Jokes, Then There Is Hate Speech. A Scientist Opinion

O n Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy could show him what an apology for past anit-gay jokes looks like.  Eddie Murphy managed to do this  in nineteen-hundred and ninety-six.  Kevin Hart never ever did apologize at all. ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jan 5 2019 - 11:10pm

Organic Consumers Association Sponsors Anti-Vaccine Meeting With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

In 2011 I wrote a book with Dr. Alex Berezow of RealClearScience in which we noted the common cause among the anti-vaccine, anti-energy, and anti-GMO communities. They shared common beliefs about distrust of science and I made a challenge; I said if I drew ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 12 2019 - 9:20am

New Office

As the regulars here already know, I am an employee of the INFN. This is the "Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare", which translates as "National institute for nuclear physics", a slight misnomer of historical origin, as the institute ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Feb 27 2019 - 12:50pm

'Apollo 11' Documentary- Review

If you are in a hurry, I will save you some time. Do not walk, fly at 20,000 MPH to your nearest theater or Fandango or however you get IMAX tickets and see "Apollo 11." I want to be the first to congratulate Todd Douglas Miller on his 2020 Acade ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Mar 1 2019 - 11:23am

Farmers Flee From Organic Consumers Association, Who Then Slash Funding To Their US Right To Know Subsidiary

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation was created by a hedge fund magnate to devote some of their Wall Street wealth to education reform, public pension reform, criminal justice reform, dietary policy, and improving reproducibility in science.  Those are al ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Mar 14 2019 - 5:11pm

Home And Heroes: My Speech For The North Penn-Liberty High School Class Of 2018

On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, I gave the commencement speech for the North Penn-Liberty class of 2018, 35 years after I graduated. While much has changed, the basic challenges young people will face have not. A number of attendees asked me for a copy and I ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Mar 27 2019 - 11:58am

Between Brexit (not or not yet?) and Mothers’ Day

Today we are between what was supposed the be the day Britain left the EU, and Mothering Sunday, more popularly known as Mothers’ Day. How how to link those two? Well, until recently I used to be a regular at a coffee shop which was also visited by adults ...

Blog Post - Robert H Olley - Mar 30 2019 - 3:16pm

New Mineral Specimen

Should you ever get invited to a party at my house in Padova, you will discover something that I otherwise do not publicize much- I am an avid mineral collector. I started as a child, fascinated by the colours and shapes that those shiny crystals could tak ...

Blog Post - Tommaso Dorigo - May 4 2019 - 12:27pm

RIP Murray Gell-Mann, A Great Physicist Who Taught Science Journalists How To Do Better

RIP to Professor Murray Gell-Mann, who passed away last week and was famed (including a Nobel prize) for quark theory.  I never met him, but if you spent time at Caltech you probably did. He was not like Einstein, I am told, he was approachable if you were ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 30 2019 - 11:38am