Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy.  The god Apollo fell in love with her and granted her the gift of prophecy.  However, she did not return his love.

As the Greek gods are want to do, Apollo got all huffy and cursed her.  The curse was quite insidious, no one believed predictions.  Even after the came true again and again, no one believed her.  Various other bad things happened to her, but her gift and curse is what has brought me to name my new blog after her.

You see, there is an insidious plot afoot in the world today.  Very simply, it is the destruction of our ability to think.  People are being manipulated into believing some truly dumb things.  One of the goals of this blog is to fight the ‘woo’.

John Beddington said it very well and is one of the reasons I’m doing this.  He’s the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK government, has had enough and isn’t going to take it any more. He’s urging a more vigorous response to the creeping woo.

“We are grossly intolerant, and properly so, of racism. We are grossly intolerant, and properly so, of people who [are] anti-homosexuality… We are not—and I genuinely think we should think about how we do this—grossly intolerant of pseudo-science, the building up of what purports to be science by the cherry-picking of the facts and the failure to use scientific evidence and the failure to use scientific method.”

“One way is to be completely intolerant of this nonsense,” he said. “That we don’t kind of shrug it off. We don’t say: ‘oh, it’s the media’ or ‘oh they would say that wouldn’t they?’ I think we really need, as a scientific community—and this is a very important scientific community—to think about how we do it.”

Beddington said that he intends to take this agenda forward with his fellow chief scientists and also with the research councils. “I really believe that. . . we need to recognise that that is a pernicious influence, it is an increasingly pernicious influence and we need to be thinking about how we can actually deal with it.”

“I really would urge you to be grossly intolerant,” he said. “We should not tolerate what is potentially something that can seriously undermine our ability to address important problems.”

A Note on References

I often cite wikipedia as a source for some of my more generic information.  I do this more for convenience than any other reason.  I do not assume that wikipedia is a true source of information.  I will say thought, that it’s fine for some things.  However, wikipedia also includes the source references for their documents (in most cases).  So if I reference to Wikipedia, then you can go through and read the original sources.

The Image

The image on my home page is a shot of the Tao Galaxy [1] taken with a 15 inch telescope in the Canary Islands.  This is the picture I took.  I don’t know what the green lens flare is, but it’s pretty awesome.

You can take similar pictures at Slooh.com


shinemercy says:

Ogremkv, I hereby award you the Ben Goldacre Honorary Award for the Debunking of Popular Bollocks and Bad Science, and bestow on you the title of Defender of the Verifiable Conclusion.


[1]12h 34m 20s
8deg 11′ 53″
52 million lightyears
Notice the green color and well defined arms. I do not know what the green flare is, though I suspect a much closer star.


9 Responses to About

  1. I was just wondering about the origin of your “handle” ogremkv, I imagine it stems from the game, but just wanted to check. Thanks!

  2. ogremkv says:

    Yes, it’s from Ogre. I actually prefer the PanEuro Fencers, but ‘Fencer’ is way too common for on-line use.

  3. Cool! Hopefully you’ve seen the recent announcement that Ogre 6th edition will be released this year from SJG.

  4. ogremkv says:

    No, I haven’t, but I will in about 5 seconds… now, if they would only reauthorize a computer version.

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  6. orionscoat says:

    Great blog! Keep up the great work

    All the best

  7. amanatal says:

    There are 2 different galaxy, what is the name of both of then?

  8. OgreMkV says:

    If you are asking about my header image, the spiral is the Tau galaxy. That’s to the right.
    The single item on the left is probably a star that the telescope picked up. Don’t know which one.

    These are the coordinates of the Tau galaxy, so there may be a star near them. 12h 34m 20s
    8deg 11′ 53″

  9. This is a great blog started for an excellent reason! Our government seems, above all, scientifically illiterate.

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