I didn’t keep track of the time I spent working after 24 hour comic day. I think this ended up being a 48 hour comic.
October 24, 2008
August 13, 2007
I volunteered at the Elliot Park Archaeology Project a few days this past week, and took the kiddo so she could see what was going on. She was pretty stoked. I got her a muffin at e.p. atelier next to the site, and she sat on the curb scraping at the dirt with her heel–”Dig hole, mama!”–while she ate. She kept picking up sticks and poking at the ground. When I let her check out a couple of the excavation units, she found a little broom and used it to sweep the sifted dirt that was piled under the screens.
She thought she was helping.
She liked the archaeology…
but she loved the atelier. When it was time to go, she dragged me back to the coffee shop so she could play “little men” (chess). A guy who was there with his dog sat by us. She said “wanna be shy” at first, but when he had the dog do tricks for her, she was literally shrieking with laughter. That was Wednesday…she’s still thinking about it now. Friday morning, the first thing she said to me when I went to get her out of bed was, “See doggy?” I thought she was talking about one of her toys. “Where is your doggy?” I said. She said, “Go see doggy at coffee shop?” So I took her there again yesterday.
May 31, 2007
The anniversary of Stephen Jay Gould’s death was a little over a week ago. He was the most eloquent voice of reason.
“Objectivity cannot be equated with mental blankness; rather, objectivity resides in recognizing your preferences and then subjecting them to especially harsh scrutiny—and also in a willingness to revise or abandon your theories when the tests fail (as they usually do).”
— “Capturing the Center,” 1998
“Scientific claims must be testable; we must, in principal, be able to envision a set of observations that would render them false. Miracles cannot be judged by this criterion…”
— “Genesis vs. Geology,” 1984
“Forelimbs of people, porpoises, bats and horses provide the classic example of homology in most textbooks. They look different, and do different things, but are built of the same bones. No engineer, starting from scratch each time, would have built such desperate structures from the same parts. Therefore, the parts existed before the particular set of structures now housing them: they were, in short, inherited from a common ancestor.”
— “Inside a Sponge’s Cell,” 1980