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03:05 pm
This was a while ago (I believe around 1.5-2 years ago), but I figure someone around here might remember.

IIRC, there was a Java application which JPL had written that one could download and run. It would snag pictures from their collection of Spirit and Opportunity images and show them to you with annotations.

My question to you:
1) Was my memory imperfect?
2) If yes, is there one similar to what I described?
3) Where can I find it?

I was reminded of this by Spirit and Opportunity reaching the 2 year mark (Opportunity was actually on the 24th, Spirit on the 3rd).

In idling around today, I came across a few useful links:
EvoWiki - A MediaWiki which seeks to catalog anti-evolution arguments and explanations.
Talk.Origins' list of common arguments and footnotes.

A side note -- David Ford is a major contributer to t.o. He spoke in the same session as I at Design and Its Critics. I meant to engage him in public debate on the forums there at some point, but I was distracted by a paper with Kelly Smith at the time.

An amusing, although sad link:
Mars Anomaly Research

For my own cataloging --
Teen killed ‘car-surfing’ - Notable for the comments about traffic speed.
Surf or Turf: The seawall debate - I have a better version of this in dead-tree form. Notable for ignorant comments about the seawall and preference for ineffectual, natural methods.

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Date:January 3rd, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
I vote for the seawall. Basically this area - urban - has been taken over for human use. But it is important to mitigate any adverse effects on the reefs and intertidal life and pelagic life (I'm not entirely sure if surfers qualify as intertidal life or not?).
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Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)

Speaking of Creationism....

This Christmas I went down to my Grandmother's house to celebrate, and I ended up reading a few articles in some of her New Yorker magazines. Anyway, one of them was about this trial, about whether it's legal to teach intelligent design in public highschools in Kansas (I think it's Kansas.) Supposedly the whole trial was like these really reputable scientists teaching the jury and the judge about evolution. Answering really basic questions, like, "what is science?" "what's a theory?" and more advanced questions, like "what is evolution?" They got the main supporter for intelligent design to admit that in his mind and the minds of most of his fellows, the designer was the Christian God. They also got him to admit that there was no evidence for his intelligent design theory, only evidece that claims to contradict evolution. I thought it was cool.
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Date:January 3rd, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Speaking of Creationism....

Yeah, the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School district decision was very cool. Mike Shermer distributed an excellent summary on it through his mailing list.

It's odd seeing people you've met appear in a fairly high profile case like this.

To my mind, most of the trial really centered around whether or not "Of Pandas and People" was a creationist text. I think the whole case was pretty well over when Barbara Forrest took the stand and noted that when use of the phrase "intelligent design" went up from previous editions, the use of "creation" and synonyms approached nil.

Although I did enjoy reading some of the contests to Behe's claims of peer review. 8)
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Date:January 13th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)

Re: Speaking of Creationism....

Scientists, or at least people who like to refer to themselves as such, are far more fickle than they like to admit.
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Date:January 13th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)

Re: Speaking of Creationism....

I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at...
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Date:January 25th, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)

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