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Archives for July, 2008

Happy Meals

I got twenty dollars out of the bank today. What should I get: two shares of Fannie Mae stock, or four Happy Meals?

Mental Health Parity

This post is not about mental health parity.  Although it is a very important topic, there is no reason for me to write about it.  If you are interesting in the topic, just go read the (open access) Perspectives column in the current NEJM: Shuffling toward Parity — Bringing Mental Health Care under the Umbrella.…

Climate Change Delusion

Joshua Wolf and Robert Salo of Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital reported, in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, on a case of a person with delusional beliefs regarding climate change. There is no openly-accessible abstract, (the link to the paywall page is here) so we have to make do with a news report:…

Neuroscience of Oil Addiction

There is an interesting and thought-provoking essay at The Oil Drum.  It was written by Nathan Hagens, a student at the Gund Institute, University of Vermont.   He makes some errors in the science, and engages in some armchair hypothesizing (see graph above), but the overall conclusions are not affected.  

Responding to the innate human desire to have the faster browser possible, I am almost happy with Firefox 3.  But not quite.  Thus, the experiment: compile from source.  This is accomplished as follows: 0. Kubuntu does not come with the packages necessary to build from source, by default.  You must install a bunch of stuff…

We decided to let one artichoke blossom, just to see what it looks like.  It turns out that it looks sort of like a thistle.  That’s because it is a kind of thistle.  I hadn’t known that.  The thistle is the national flower of Scotland.

iScream

Seems like everything is being made so you can attach an iPod.   Shown below is the George Foreman iPod Grill.  With 10-watt speaker. How patriotic is that? And what are we to make of one of the reviews posted at Buy.com? I love George Foreman’s products! I own all of the grills, and I…

LCV Dirty Half-Dozen

The League of Conservation Voters is half-way through the process of selecting the dozen worst environmental offenders in elected office.  Each election year, they select  approximately 12 politicians to target for their campaign, in an effort to unseat, or deny seats to, the politicians with the worst voting records on environmental issues. Last time (2006),…

At last, they are being honest with us: you have no rights.  Attorney General said so.  He admitted it.  So, at least he’s honest.  See his picture to the right?  Doesn’t he look like an honest gentleman?  He is.   In a recent interview with reporters, Mukasey  stated that it is “necessary to put in…

Browser Security

40% of Internet users do not upgrade their browsers to the most secure version.  Internet Explorer users have the worst record, with more than half having failed to update. OK, people, do your patriotic duty and get with the upgrades!  Then we can see the National Threat Advisory go down to blue, for the first…