A Movie and Podcast About Darwin

  Creation isn’t a bad movie to watch today, the 129th anniversary of Charles Darwin‘s death. (I could have picked the publication anniversary of On the Origin of Species, but that’s not until November.) Viewers who know some details of Darwin’s life might get more from the movie than people coming in completely fresh, but it’s still a half decent movie that explores the circumstances under which the book was written. I listened to The Evolution of Charles Darwin from CBC Radio’s “Ideas” before I saw the movie. It’s fascinating stuff. It seems like he was a nice guy.

Copy DOS Directory Contents To Clipboard

Here’s a neat Windows/DOS trick I betcha didn’t know about:

To copy the file and directory names from a command-line window (DOS prompt):

dir /b | clip

The “| clip” portion copies the output from the command (“dir /b” in this example) to the windows clipboard. You can then just paste into any document.

Here’s an article that provides more detail about it except you don’t need to download the “clip.exe” program if you’re using Windows 7.

Stuff Harper Did

Someone sent me a link to Stuff Harper Did (another S word is used instead of Stuff). Here’s a random sample of something our Conservative Prime Minster of Canada, Stephen Harper, did:

In 2009, Harper appointed a Minister of Science who refused to say whether he believed in evolution. Harper then cut science research funding by $138 Million (while the US invested $2.75 Billion). Since 2007 Harper has forced scientists at Environment Canada to get permission to do interviews, often screening their answers. As a result media coverage of climate change science was reduced by 80%.

But he also cuddled with a kitten, so he’s not all bad.

I don’t plan to vote Conservative on May 2nd, and I doubt anyone willing to check out the above website was ever at risk of voting Conservative either. Even if the facts listed on the site were presented in a non-biased manner, I know people who don’t believe in evolution (for instance) and who would be more than pleased with a Minister of Science who thinks of a evolution as just a theory. It’s depressing. Here’s the current leader of Canada in one of his more finer moments:

I know plenty of people vote for Harper and the Conservatives. Harper is likely to get a majority on May 2nd. But I’m curious what convinces someone to vote for the Conservatives. I realize the last time the Liberals were in charge, it wasn’t much better. They made plenty of stupid moves by cutting funding to education and health care and screwed over thousands of people. They were not traditional social Liberals, and I didn’t like them. But Harper seems to act more like a dictator annoyed by the democratic process, and I’m afraid what he’ll do if he gets a majority. If anyone is voting for his party on May 2nd, I’d like to know why.