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Daily Archives: February 23rd, 2012

WLS is a selection of links to blogs, news outlets, and cool little sites on the Web that relate to science, reason, skepticism, atheism, the fringes and borderlands of science, memes relating to science or skepticism, and anything that catches my eye or which I’m deluded enough to think might arouse the interest of you, my perspicacious readers. WPS is published weekly each Thursday on the Call.

This is pretty cool… I’ve been tagged by fellow blogger windupmyskirt to answer a list of eleven questions, only to spread teh bloggy-love myself by tagging eleven other victims — er, I mean bloggers — with my own questions!

MuaHaHaHaHa! *ahem*

I’ll begin by answering here:

1. Why did you start your blog?

I needed an outlet for my ideas, and thought the best way to vet them was to put them on an open, public forum so that they could be tested and improved. I also that it would be a good learning experience so that I could better myself as a person and skeptic. The fact that it’s allowed me to meet so many awesome people online is a big plus too. Skepticism has helped me out tremendously, and I see blogging as a way to pay back that debt.

2. Who is your favorite actor/actress?

My favorite actor is Christopher Eccleston, whose gritty and edgy role as Nine in the Doctor Who reboot was just, as Nine would say, “fantastic.” I’m also kind of partial to Indian actresses Amala Paul and Vidya Balan. I tend to favor actors and actresses who are comfortable in their own skins, and who show it when they perform.

3. Name your favorite band/musician?

Right now, my favorites are Enigma, Enya, and Jon Boswell, who does the Symphony of Science mixes using video clips and the voices of scientists and skeptics, past and present, to show the utter coolness of science and reason.

4. What is your favorite TV show?

Hands down, I’d say Doctor Who, both the Tom Baker years of the older series and the reboot with Eccleston, Tennant and Smith as Nine, Ten and Eleven. At one time I was a big Robotech fan, until I actually learned some physics and found out that Zentraedi were silly — and physically impossible as described — Square-cube law, anyone?

5. Who is your favorite scientist?

That’s a tough one, but if it’s scientists past, I’d say Carl Sagan and Ike Newton, and if scientists present, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku and Stephen Hawking would rank about evenly on the awesome scale.

6. Name your favorite author?

I have four I’d rank together: Carl Sagan, Martin Gardner, Harlan Ellison, and Isaac Asimov, all of whom influenced my evolution as a writer, skeptic and science-junkie. Gardner’s books on pseudoscience and mathematics made a big impression on me in terms of my interests.

7. What do you do with your free-time when you are not online?

I either make fractals, or sit down in a comfy spot in my room or a reading desk at the local library to read and/or study. I also play tabletop role-playing games, like Steve Jackson’s GURPS, when my friends pay a visit. Sometimes I watch videos, whether television episodes or my Teaching Company course lectures.

8. If you had to live in another country, which country would you choose, and why?

I would say India. As an emerging economic power, India is rising quickly in the science and technology department. I love the culture(s), the people, and the history, my favorite period being that of the Gupta dynasty.

Any culture brilliant enough to invent the beautiful concepts of zero and infinity, and the decimal system of mathematics is tops in my book. That, and their traditional architecture is absolutely magnificent, easily the equal of anything in the West.

9. What three words best describe you?

Driven. Curious. Detached.

10. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Pleasure? What’s that?

Seriously, though, it’s one that makes me kind of annoying in face-to-face encounters…I like to argue, preferably productively, more like a debate or discussion than mere bickering and quarreling.

Those last two annoy even me and achieve nothing.

As David Hume put it, “Truth springs from argument amongst friends.”

11. If you were throwing a dinner party, and could invite any 10 people (living or dead) who would you invite?

Hmmm. Let’s see…

Dick Feynman, Carl Sagan, Johannes Kepler, Marie Curie, Eugenie Scott, Archimedes, Democritus, Elizabeth Loftus, James Randi, and Harriet Hall.

I’ve updated this post below with questions of my own, posed to the eleven other victims…er, awesome bloggers, and links to their sites listed below.


[1] What is your fondest memory from your childhood?

[2] If you could be one species, real or fictional, other than human, which would it be, and why?

[3] If you could take the place, assume the role, of any historical figure, who would it be?

[4] If you could have one comic book superhuman power, which would it be, and what would you do with it?

[5] What is your favorite genre of fiction, if any?

[6] Who is your favorite comedian, and why?

[7] What is your favorite movie?

[8] Which, if any, is your favorite genre of music?

[9] If you could live anywhere else in the world, at any point in time, where and when would it be?

[10] If you could keep as a pet any one kind of mythological beast, which would it be?

[11] What is your favorite form of visual art, your favorite artist, and why?

The following blogs have been tagged:


Gideon Jagged

Ravens n’ Pennies

♥ Books, Crafts & Pretty Things

One Furious Llama

Left Hemispheres

Lousy Canuck

Virginian Opinions

Vikram Roy’s Blog

Millie Ho

Dexterity Unlimited

New News Narrative

A more in Depth Explanation of what's on the News

Teagan's Books

Now available: "Atonement, Tennessee"

piso project

Everything "Piso Project" Related


A voice from outside the herd.

Glenn Hates Books

Brutally Honest Book Reviews

Welcome to my world

It is all about words that remained unspoken, feelings that remained unexpressed and the secrets that remained unrevealed.

A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself

A Hopefully Formerly Depressed Human Vows To Practice Self-Approval

Enrique Zeleny's Blog

Complexity, Science, Physics, Mathematica, Computer Science, Recreational Math, Education.

Ajoobacats Blog

Saving the world one book at a time

Explore ideas worth spreading, every weekday

Anjali Menon

filmmaker | writer | audience


life in the not-so-fast lane

Singapore Maths Tuition

Patient and Dedicated Maths Tutor, NUS Maths (1st Class Honours), Dean's List, Rafflesian

The Science Geek

Astronomy, space and space travel for the non scientist

j.r. thomason


Tara B. Dobbs

Where my writings come to play.


confessions are self-serving

Double U

The Poetic Journey of John White, writer

Romance Novels for the Beach

Find out which sexy books to bring with you, or leave behind, on your next beach vacation.


Take a walk inside my mind.


Mostly poems & things to get me thinking about writing a book.

glimmer of happiness :)

Just anything under the sun that makes me happy. :)


4 out of 5 dentists recommend this site

Elan Mudrow

The Ridges of Intertextuallity

chester maynes

Poetry and Poems

Liberated Way

Action in harmony with nature

GYA today

Give Yourself Away


Just another site

Crystal eyes

books in createspace, kindle

Tell me a story

book in createspace and kindle

Spirits of darkness and light

books in createspace, kindle

Books by Sharmishtha Basu

My (e) Books in Amazon Kindle n Createspace

"Black Mist and other stories"

I dreamt for stars, gathered stardust in my soul, sprinkling some to earth now, waiting for them to grow up in dream wood.

HotDog on ACID

Comics and Doodles

Rare Horror

We provide reviews and recommendations for all things horror. We are particularly fond of 80s, foreign, independent, cult and B horror movies. Please use the menu on the top left of the screen to view our archives or to learn more about us.

Michelle M. Welch

author of speculative fiction


In the world of Literature, Anything Is possible. Poetry/ literature is the express expression of the heart and soul.

Write With Warnimont

Write for fun. Write to inspire. Write to change the world.

Echo LaVeaux

...mystical musings from a magical mind...


Living a flip flop life!

Dark Matter Space

Seeing Future in Space

Check Out Our Books

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Writing Popular Fiction

Sharmishtha Basu

paintings, poems and thoughts


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