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At the Lawrence Hall of Science, at the University of California – Berkeley, there is a children’s playground.  On the playground, theere is a whimsical sculture based on DNA.  Lots of people like it.  Indeed, Dr. Stemwedel wrote a post inspired by an experience her kids had there.  That’s where this photo comes from.  (More…

Modem Toasted

I was off-line for several days, because the modem toasted itself.  I didn’t do it, honest!  It had been acting up for a couple of weeks, causing random “web site not found” errors.  If it happened very much, I’d reboot the thing and it would be better for a while. Finally, it failed.  The green…

WSJ: Fact-check Fail

An opinion article (There’s No Pill for This Kind of Depression) in the Wall Street Journal contained the following unsupported claim: The sale of antidepressants and antianxiety drugs is widespread. In New York their use became common after 9/11. It continued through and, I hypothesize, may have contributed to, the high-flying, wildly imprudent Wall Street…

Simple Way To Make Many People Rich

On 26 January 2008, major employers in the USA announced 60,000 jobs would be lost.  The market responded positively, as it often does.  The S&P 500 gained 0.56%.  Clearly the best thing that businesses could do would be to fire everyone.  A quick Google search indicates that there are about 150 million jobs in the…

Live Blogging Superbowl pt. 9

Part whatever.  It is hard to pay attention to detail with the TV on.  I’m making all kinds of mistakes doing this live-blogging thing.  It is not as easy as I thought it would be.  The game is only half-over and I have run out of ideas.  Nothing to say.  It’s the old “nothing in,…

Anyone Can Get Diebold Key

Now we learn that the keys that open Diebold voting machines are widely available on the Internet. These people are fools. The nutty thing is this: Diebold also makes ATMs. Are their ATMs constructed with such shoddy security? Probably not. What does this mean?