Troythulu’s Weekly Gnuz and Lynx Roundup for August 25, 2012

G’day. This has been a busy week, with two appointments, one with a representative of my health service provider and my annual physical exam, both of which went off without a hitch. We recently got our new cat, Rocky, a big, fluffeh Maine Coon who seems to be really good at pacifying Mr. Eccles and keeping his evil kittenish tricks at bay. We really can’t call Eccles much of a kitten, though, since he just reached his first full year of age, and seems to be getting rather large. A hefty beast, as it were.

This week was also a busy one for blogging, with my second guest post, Once Again from the Land of Fractals, on my friend Kate’s blog, and this morning’s fractal post on my Blogger site, the Collect Call of Troythulu

For Monday, on this site, was posted Human Curiosity: It’s crucial to our survival, and a fiction piece about a kaiju on a moon of Jupiter I call On Europa

For Wednesday, the most recent Fractals of the Midweek were published, a couple of MB3 images I did using newly recovered and updated parameter sets.

You know, the more I learn the ins and outs of the software, it doesn’t detract from the aesthetics of these images at all, only adding to it. The more I know what I’m doing, the more satisfying, and better the results. Worship of mystery and an eye for good results only gets you so far. Knowing what you’re doing and how it works gets you much, much further.

For Thursday, there was a new How to Argue post, also an assignment I did for my critical reasoning course I’m taking, which I found rather fun, taking a big hairy-looking argument and setting it up in formal symbolic notation that’s easier to evaluate. There was also a talk given by Tim Farley at TAM 2012, with tips and resource options for online skeptical activism, and on Friday, a talk given by Dr. Pamela Gay at TAM 2012.

This Caturday, there were the Fractals of the Week, and this week’s Astronomy Pix

Over at the six-pack blog of my SacTown homie Kriss, there was A Super-Quick Biology Post & Music & the GOP

On Left Hemispheres, Episode 01 of the Left Hemispheres podcast… Check it out!

Over at Astronasty, a bit on the newly developed hoverbike, strongly evocative of the ones used in Return of the Jedi by the imperial scouttroopers…

Also, The Drake Equation goes Interactive,

Todd Akin and the Anti-Science House Science Committee,

It’s not an alien creature, it’s an unfortunate ant-eater

The Truth About Alternative Medicine — TAM 2012

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