Archives for February 4, 2008

Possibly, according to this piece in the New York Times.

… until you’ve read this.

I still can’t decide whom to vote for. I don’t have much time. Must assimilate more data.

Take the Intelligent Design Challenge!

Determining where a genome has been produced or altered by an intelligent designer is a matter of some importance. Consider the claims that the HIV virus was engineered as a biowarfare weapon, or the concern that virulence genes from other organisms could be inserted into viruses and bacteria to “weaponise” them. For example the engineered…

What to do if you have too much data?

Austringer has an interesting, even enviable, problem. He needs to make an X-Y data plot, but he has 5.2 million data points.

Open Source Can Fix Voting Woes

But probably too late for this year’s election …

Online Reputation Management

You may remember some time ago a brouhaha erupted when an upper Midwestern Blogger was told he had to erase a post that said something bad (yet truthful) about Cheri Yecke, who was at that time competing for the job of head of Florida Education. The company was a “scrubber” which promised to find bad…

What does your phone number spell?

Or, if you want to spell something with a phone number, is there an easy way to do that? For instance, I made a joke on this comment using this cypher. Here is a site, called “PhoneSpell” tht facilitates this sort of shenanigans.

Musician and activist Bono accepts the 2005 TED Prize with a riveting talk, arguing that aid to Africa isn’t just another celebrity cause; it’s a global emergency. He argues passionately that mere charity won’t solve the serious problems facing the world’s second-largest continent. The solution, he says, is equal human rights. And it isn’t just…

The first time I read the following passage from The Voyage, I was reminded of my own first experience in a rain forest (in Zaire). Evident in this passage is at least a glimmering of Darwin’s appreciation for the complexity of ecosystems. Darwin could be considered the first scientific ecologist. Enough of my commentary ……