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Saturday, November 19, 2021

Saying that it “isn’t science even though it pretends to be”, the Vatican’s chief astronomer says that Intelligent Design shouldn’t be taught as an alternative theory to evolution.

His comments echo the Vatican’s somewhat surprising stance on the issue thus far. Basically, the Church sees religion and science as connected but separate realms, and sees no reason to merge one to justify the other.

Can there be a more telling sign of how warped the Intelligent Design debate is when the Catholic Church is turning out to be the voice of reason?

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/19/2005 06:47:53 PM
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Today, I got myself a turkey sub for lunch from Publix. With cheddar cheese on sunflower bread, for you completists out there.

I guess I didn’t realize at the time of my order that, within a few days, I’d be stuffing my face with all the holiday turkey I could handle.

So, in retrospect, I probably should have gone with some other sandwich meat, like ham or roast beef. But it was a damn good sandwich, nonetheless.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/19/2005 06:24:41 PM
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(Slightly) cooler weather has reached the Tampa Bay area this week, prompting the need for warmer clothing.

I never did like the Autumn season, even while growing up in New York. And here’s why: The temperature swings during the course of the day make dressing up a real chore.

Put on something fairly weighty, like an undershirt and a long-sleeve dress shirt, and you’re set for the cool morning. But then, as the sun rises and heats everything up to the customary 80-degree range by noon, and you find yourself sweating like a dog when you step out for lunch. As the evening approaches, things get cool again.

Yes, I’m familiar with the concept of layering, along with easily-removable jackets and such. But I hate fussing with that stuff. I feel that, once I put on my clothing for the day, I should be set. I don’t want to put stuff on and take stuff off all day long — what am I, a runway model?

As much as I dislike cold weather, I’d rather it just got cold already, so we could break out the sweaters and overcoats and stick with those. It’s better than this shifty season.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/19/2005 06:20:00 PM
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So just now, while pondering some ways to encourage more feedback on this here blog, I considered: Would putting the comments/trackbacks section on top, right below the title on the single-post archive pages, do the trick?

The idea occured to me as I was scrolling down a post to get to the comments. Knowing that the average reader (online and off) tend not to read too far down the page/screen, I’m sure plenty of visitors never get far enough down to the comment form to chime in. Putting that part of the page up top increases the chances of input.

I realize that the content structure — title, article content, timestamp, comment fields — is standard for the Web, on blogs and other publications. People are used to seeing it that way, so it’s not something unfamiliar. And it certainly doesn’t seem to be an impediment for other sites’ getting feedback.

I can think of a couple of cons right off: It would de-emphasize the post, which should be the star of the show. In a case where you get a ton of feedback (which would be the point), you then have the reverse problem of having to scroll a long way down the page just to get the post. Having a “no comments yet” announcement before the post body starts would also seem odd. Having the comment form up top seems like clutter (which can be solved by having just the submitted comments/trackbacks up top, then an “Add your feedback” anchor link to a form at the bottom of the page).

The top-down structure of a Web page is, of course, it’s own kind of layout limitation. Popups are generally an iffy way to go. I think I’d like a sidebar box with comments running alongside the post body, but that would squeeze everything together too much (to say nothing of the havoc it would cause with images, blockquotes, etc.).

Any ideas? I’m sure there are Website usability studies out there that address this, but I’m not in the mood to look for them right now.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/19/2005 06:09:20 PM
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base that's boomin'
In case you haven’t heard, Google has unveiled Google Base, which is sorta-but-not-quite a challenge to Craigslist and other online classifieds.

What the heck kinda dumb name is “Google Base”? I suppose it implies a sort of baseline raw-data entry point, which is what Google is initially positioning this thing as. But it’s pretty fuzzy in concept.

Actually, doesn’t “al Qaeda” mean “the base” in Arabic? Draw your own conclusions… (Hey, it’s a better joke than the predictably geeky “all your Google Base are belong to us“…)

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/19/2005 05:45:51 PM
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