I totally spaced posting about this before, but back in February 2011 I did a talk at Ignite Seattle titled “Your Moral Panic About Triceratops is Wrong”. The gist of it is that some researchers announced that they believed that Torosaurus was really a very mature Triceratops, and there was panic on the Internets about Triceratops not being a real dinosaur anymore. In the talk, I discuss why that isn’t so (hint: species names have a system of priorities) and why it’s different than Brontosaurus vs.
I'm shamefully late in doing a real writeup of how to build one of those things. Soon, I promise.
I'm going to be speaking at Ignite Seattle 8 on December 1st. Normally if I go talk somewhere (which hasn't happened all that often), it would be on Daily Kos related issues, but not this time. I'll be speaking on building an astronomical viewing shelter (which I need to write up for here too) on the cheap, coming in at about $100. You can buy a viewing tent for several hundred, or spend thousands on a dome.