Archive for July, 2015

“Talk Science With Me” event in Gainesville

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

science-communicationThere is an interesting event happening in Gainesville tonight called Talk Science With Me. Scientists from the University of Florida will be at various locations around town standing by to chat with you and answer your burning science questions. Their publicity/social media isn’t the best at this point so I’ll try to help them out. I know where some scientists will be at but others aren’t as clear. Here’s what I pieced together from their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

  • Joe Meert is a geologist: Gainesville Public Library downtown from 6-8 pm
  • Andree George is a microbiologist who specializes in soil and water science. Right now he’s studying how salmonella interacts with tomatoes: Know Where Coffee, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Jack Hutchings’ specialty is in Geology and Paleontology: (location is unclear)
  • Kim Hawkins is a medical scientist and her area of specialty is in neuroscience: (location is unclear)
  • Mike Perfit is a geologist: Gator Laundromat
  • Library Headquarters in downtown Gainesville in on the venue list but it’s unclear who will be there.

They’re going to try and live-tweet the event and use the hashtag #talkscience. If you know anything more about this event, please leave a comment.

Finger licking good

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Forbes contributor Peter Reilly went down the Kent “Dr. Dino” Hovind rabbit hole and brought back some gems. He reports that some of those who supported one of my favorite Florida creationists during his legal trials and tribulations are disappointed that Hovind doesn’t see eye to eye with them on some biblical facts. Namely, is the earth flat or not? Troubles About Flat Earth And Other Kent Hovind Developments

There are several videos posted there that you can choose to get sucked into or not. I sampled a few but decided to it would be better to hold on to my sanity a while longer.

dinosaur-adventure-landReilly’s notes are pure gold, though. Such as: “Hovind’s experience has caused him to believe that prison is a very bad idea and not so incidentally unbiblical.” And Reilly got what may be the inside scoop on some of Hovind’s future plans: “The idea would be to use Kent Hovind teachings in each theme park in a way that Kent Hovind becomes to dinosaur theme parks as Colonel Sanders is to chicken eateries. […] His current plans are to seek retirement, enjoy his family, while continuing his teaching on creation, the flood, and the coming end times via social media, radio, and broadcast.”

Will Dinosaur Adventure Land rise again? If I understand correctly, Hovind’s family and supporters bought up the old so-called theme park’s property except for one section and they have been harassing the man who bought that one part to no end.