Author Archives: arensb

Programming Tip: Open and Close at the Same Time

One useful programming habit I picked up at some point is: if you open or start something, immediately close it or end it. If you open a bracket, immediately write its closing bracket. If you open a file, immediately write … Continue reading

Posted in Hacking, Things I've Learned | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

“It’s Getting Old” Isn’t A Rebuttal

One response that I see a lot on Twitter and elsewhere is some variation on “calling Trump supporters racist is getting old”. And maybe I’m growing stupid as I grow older, but it finally dawned on me what was bugging me … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Triggered by the Right Side of History

There’s a bit of controversy going on at Yorktown High School in Virginia, where teachers have put up signs: Patriots Know: Facts are not political Diversity stengthens [sic] us Science is real Women’s rights are human rights Justice is for all We’re … Continue reading

Posted in News, Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Now What?

So we’ve survived the first week of Trump’s presidency. Have some cake. If you were one of the many people who took part in activism, pat yourself on the back. If you weren’t, it’s not too late to start. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Women’s March, Rights, and Politics

I attended the Women’s March on Washington, yesterday. It turned out, I’m told, to be the largest inauguration protest in the history of the United States, and possibly the largest political protest ever, if you count the sister marches in … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Does Christianity Offer the Best Basis for Science?

There’s an argument I’ve run across several times, that theism, and specifically Christianity, forms a much better basis for science than does atheism. Indeed, some people go so far as to claim that only Christianity provides a foundation for science. Matt … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Modest Proposal for Anti-Abortion Catholics (and Some Others)

When I recently ran across yet another of BillDo’s rants against abortion, I was struck by an idea: during transubstantiation, a priest turns a piece of bread into living flesh. But surely this is a reversible operation, no? People turn living … Continue reading

Posted in :-), Politics, Religion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment