News

Kansas Redefines Science, Science Says “Screw You”

Kansas is one of several states revamping their science curriculum to lessen the role evolution plays, promoting other ideas, like intelligent design or creationism, as science. As a result, two science organizations have refused to grant them permission to use their copyrighted materials in their standards.

I’m not sure that this is the best way to go about promoting evolution. However, there is no mistaking that evolution is a fact. It is not a theory on how the world has come to be. The “bird-flu” virus is a perfect example of evolution in action. Since the time between generations is quite short, genetic mutations happen frequently. Some mutations are good, some aren’t so good. The good ones get passed on down to future generations, the not so good ones die out. Kind of sounds like Darwin…

But I digress. Not allowing Kansas to use evolution material will only backfire. It is like the science organizations just don’t want to play with Kansas anymore, so they are taking their marbles home. I think the information needs to be available, if only to not put the students of Kansas schools at a scientific disadvantage when they enter college and the workforce.

What do you think? Do you agree with the science organizations? Should they not let Kansas use their copyrighted material?

Games

Sudoku

I was looking at a kids enrichment catalog delivered last week that was meant for the previous family (with 4 kids) that lived here. I was looking at all the neat stuff in there that Sharon and I would like to play with, but our child will probably not even be remotely interested in it. Anyway, there were some puzzle books that caught my eye, with Sudoku being one particularly intriguing one.

Here’s the basics: start with a 9×9 grid, and divide that into 3×3 sections. Place the numbers from 1 to 9, so that each row, column, and 3×3 section has one instance of 1 through 9. Puzzles have numbers already entered, and knowing the rules, you enter the missing numbers in. There’s better explanations out there, so go look elsewhere if so inclined.

Well, I’ve started doing these puzzles, and it’s addicting. I had never heard of it before until I saw that catalog, but judging from Google’s results, there’s quite a following. I’ve taken to play on the London Times site. It has a decent flash implementation, and you can put three numbers in one spot while figuring out which is correct.

Like I’ve said, it can be addicting, so consider yourself warned.

Julia

Baby Update

Just wanted to post a quick update on how Sharon and the baby are doing. Sharon had an appointment last week, and they said everything is going well. She got measured, and she’s on target.

I’m feeling the baby kick a whole lot now. Some of those kicks seemed pretty violent too. I actually felt the baby for sure last week. It’s really neat to feel the kick of the baby. I’m sure it will only get more active too. Well, at least until the baby gets really crowded in there and can’t move around much.

We’re still struggling with baby names. Do any of you have suggestions?

News

Junk Food = Junk Behavior?

Does eating poorly lead to poor behavior? This article seems to think so, and they have some scientific evidence to back it up.

We all know the saying, “You are what you eat.” So if we eat bad, does it stand to reason we’re not as well behaved? This article from CNN suggests people are getting ruder. The suggestion is that our high-paced society is causing the rudeness. But what if it was poor nutrition?

The article also reminds me a scene from Super Size Me. Actually, the beginning of this article references (I think) the same High School for troubled students. Kids start eating better, and their behavior gets a whole lot better.

What do you think? Do you think poor nutrition causes poor behavior?

Travel

Myrtle Beach

We took a trip to Myrtle Beach a couple weeks ago with my parents and had a good time while dodging the rain. Here’s a couple pictures I took. I was tinkering with my settings on the camera to get the shot taken at night.

Myrtle Beach during the day

Myrtle Beach at night