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Archives for August, 2007

Yesterday I had lunch (and coffee and another coffee – this lasted a while because it was so much fun) with Tanja and her husband Doug. Regulars here probably recognize the commenter who goes by the handle “tanjasova” – that’s her. They just bought a nice house in Winston-Salem and will completely move to North…

Wi-fi for the people

Brian Russell, the tireless fighter for public wireless in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, recently wrote two blog posts on the widely read local blog Orange Politics: Chapel Hill WiFi Pilot needs different Hotspots and Where is the WiFi? This received quite a lot of attention both before and during the Chapel Hill Town Council meeting…

My picks from ScienceDaily

Mouse Vision Has A Rhythm All Its Own: In the eyes of mammals, visual information is processed on a daily schedule set within the eyes themselves–not one dictated by the brain, according to a new report in the journal Cell. The researchers found in mice that the eyes’ normal rhythmic response to light requires only…

ClockQuotes

To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armour, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous. – George Orwell

When technological or social changes start altering the business landscape in a particular industry, people involved in that business tend to respond in three general ways. The visionaries immediately see where their world is going, jump to the front edge of it and make sure that the change is as swift and painless as possible,…

Viagra Increases Release Of Key Reproductive Hormone, Study Finds: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison report this month that sildenafil increases the amount of oxytocin released by stimulation of the posterior pituitary gland, a small structure directly underneath the brain that regulates hormone levels in response to neural signals. Mice Provide Important Clues To Obsessive-compulsive…

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The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at…

Morning in Carrboro

This morning bright and early, I went to Weaver Street Market (the one in Carrboro, not the one a block away from me), where I met Paul Jones for coffee and a session of people-watching – a Saturday morning tradition. Carrboro is like a miniature version of San Francisco in a sense. While Chapel Hill…

Blogrolling for Today

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Gooey Stuff

Oobleck and Semen are on Jennifer’s mind these days. Obligatory Readings of the Day.