I’ve got a recycling post I’m working on, but finding time to do it justice is an issue. Until then, here are some recent links.
Move is done, we are settled, so I am back at it!
The straw ban isn’t the problem; the idea that the straw ban is some kind of bridge to solving bigger problems is. Because straw bans are easy; effecting real change is hard.
Oscar has been kinda absent the past few weeks. Here’s why.
I’m on vacation this week, so it’s a short set of links.
An anecdote about decision making in the information age.
RIP, Stephen Hawking
Due to two basic facts, universal time doesn’t solve a theoretical problem.
Everyone will remember the gimmick, but that is the sideshow.
This year will be a crucial one for the New York-based company.
A human-readable writeup of yesterday’s technology news.
I note the recent story about UFOs and consider burdens of proof required to convince of their existence and compare with burdens of proof in the debate over theism.
In which I also agree with Antonin Scalia.
So I recently discovered Steven Universe. I fully recommend it (it’s on Cartoon Network and Hulu). Some people on Tumblr, etc. get a little too into it, but it is quite smart. Don’t let the animation style make you think it isn’t.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving for those in the US (or not in the US, but who celebrate it anyway). We are reprising our plan from last year, which is to meet up with some friends at the local Brazilian Steakhouse. My Portuguese is a little rusty, but I’m pretty sure the name of the place translates to “Meat Coma”.
This is why science can’t have nice things…
Better pickings this time around. Enjoy folks!
The rule of the road is less risky is better than more risky, but there is no unrisky.
Back from Disneyland. If you find yourself at California Adventure, the ride ‘Soaring’ is a treat. And ‘California Screaming’ is a respectable roller coaster.
There’ll be weather, whether or not.
Curves And Surfaces are SEXY!
Pickings were kinda thin these past two weeks, lots of stories that were ho-hum variations on topics discussed before. But there was still some stuff that caught my eye.
How do you verify identity in a digital democracy?
The First – Yesterday was Bug’s first day of Kindergarten.
The Anniversary was Saturday, 22 years of marriage. My secret to a happy marriage? I argue with you people instead of my wife. ;-)
Pretty Much What It Says On The Tin
Arbitrarily, the guard cancelled his contract and left his watch and allowed the barbarians to invade. It did not matter, however, because the landlord had already revoked his lease and the communications company severed their line.
Why Finland? Because I got a lot of respect for Finland. Lots of the feel-good social democracy stuff of their neighbors, but still have a tradition of not taking crap from the communists next door. And everyone goes about with a puukko. I catch flak from people who freak out I carry a folding pocket knife everywhere I go.
Polygons, point clouds, and polyhedra – Oh My!
The first entry in a (hopefully) weekly series on how we simulate physics, from the basics on.
Space Corps is coming. And when it does, it may never leave the ground.
Tech Tuesday starts in two weeks, not two days ago, as expected, because Will & I have lives.
A pioneer in mind-body medicine has just passed away. What he could purportedly do is both fascinating and amazing.
Just finished a two day Hackathon, and this will be the last Tech Thursday, since we are moving it to Tuesday (where, let’s be honest, it rightfully belongs – Tech Tuesday just reads better).
Release deadline coming up, so light list this week. I also have some other technical posts in the hopper, but I haven’t had time to finish editing them. Hopefully I will next week.
Back from Maui with a fresh set.
I’m in Hawaii on vacation, but I still wanted you all to have something.