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Headshot of me wearing red lipstick Kara Babcock

Articles from March 2007

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  1. Do you know the Muffin Man?


    Today in chemistry my two friends and I somehow got on the subject of the Muffin Man and his place of residence. Being Mythbusters fans, we agreed that the Mythbusters should test the myth of whether a muffin man does, in fact, reside on Drury Lane.

    Meanwhile, the Build Team can see if ogres really do have layers...

    And that brings us to a new poll!

  2. Cylons among us


    Almost a year ago, I blogged about the season 2 finale of Battlestar Galactica.

    I was upset then, or shocked would be the term, I guess. I got over it though, and the finale was one of the best episodes thus far. This season's finale, however, has raised that bar to a whole new level.

    In case you haven't realised yet, this post contains severe spoilers that may blind those who have not seen

  3. Long term chess


    I found this neat site, GameKnot, where you can play long term chess games against people. This appeals to me, because I can make moves at my convenience instead of setting to side an entire hour block of time or so and committing it to a chess game.

    My username is tachyondecay. If you have an account, or you fancy yourself a chess player and want to sign up, challenge me to a…

  4. Urban nature


    If I look out my bedroom window, I can see spring arriving in the pond that used to be my backyard. The snow--which is actually now semi-frozen ice--and the ice proper beneath it is melting, flooding entire portions of my backyard. The end of a little ice age.

    Bits of autumnal debris slowly raise themselves up from the muck: leaves and branches, planks of wood. Hey, look, a shovel. The meltwater flows around these objects,…

  5. You Choose beta release


    If you look on the sidebar of the homepage you may notice a shiny new blue box with a question in it. You Choose the answer to that question.

    Yes, it's a poll. :arr: It is my latest pet project. Some of you may have noticed the abundant "ghost options" appearing in my other poll, powered by idioPoll. I was getting tired of this bug, so I decided to write a poll script myself when…

  6. Did You Know?


    If you haven't seen it already, you need to watch Karl Fisch's Did You Know? presentation. My history teacher showed us the version by Scott McLeod (which removes the school-specific slides).

    You can watch it on YouTube, and I encourage you to do so. It's quite impactful. At first glance they might seem just like statistics, but take a moment to just consider the ramifications of the statements. We have moved from a local…