Archives for March, 2010

Is computer science baseless?

From the April Communications of the ACM, the Kode Vicious column is on The Data-Structure Canon. The reader question is: In most areas of science there are a few basic underlying laws that inform the rest of the study of a given subject. Physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering all have these basic equations. What are…

The second Book Camp TO is coming up in about 6 weeks or so: Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Last year’s edition was terrific and I’m really looking forward to another great conference. What’s it about? What: BookCampTO is a free unconference about the future of books, reading, writing and…

Music Mondays: Five songs I love

Another list of songs I really love, this time leaning a bit on the heavy side. I by Black Sabbath (performed by Heaven & Hell). This is one of my favourite Dio-era Sabbath songs, from the underrated Dehumanizer album (Dio/Sabb box set). This sizzling live version is performed by the reformed Dio-era version of the…

Wednesday was Ada Lovelace Day! Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science. The first Ada Lovelace Day was held on 24th march 2009 and was a huge success. It attracted nearly 2000 signatories to the pledge and 2000 more people who signed up…

Interesting little slideshow article, one that makes you think about the transformation we’ve seen in the last century or so: The Jobs Of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations. Here’s the list — note that each page in the slideshow has an audio interview with someone that used to do the job in question. Lector (reads aloud to…

Nice article by Delaney J. Kirk and Timothy L. Johnson on Blogs As A Knowledge Management Tool In The Classroom (via). Based on their experiences in a combined 22 business courses over the past three years, the authors believe that weblogs (blogs) can be used as an effective pedagogical tool to increase efficiency by the…

For the last little while I’ve been compiling lists from various media sources giving their choices for the best books of 2009. Some of the lists have been from general media sources, in which case I’ve just extracted the science-related books. From science publications, I’ve included most or all of the mentioned titles. What I’m…

John Scalzi’s latest AMC column Why Hollywood Always, Always Gets the Future Wrong is, as usual, very smart and right on target. And pretty funny too. Everybody gets the future wrong. It’s not just Hollywood or science fiction writers. When it comes to the future, no one knows anything. At the close of the 19th…

I received an email a couple of weeks ago from Daniel Cromer of the Hrenya Research Group located in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His group was interested in expanding their online presence and had stumbled up the presentation I’d given a couple of years ago…

Scholarly Societies: Why Bother?

An interesting and provocative article in The Scientist by Steven Wiley iof the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, To Join or Not to Join. The thrust of the article is that scholarly societies are having trouble offering true value to their members in the Internet age, that their business models and even their raisons d’etre are…

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