Archives for March 3, 2008

ESP is a new organization formed for the purpose of putting an end to the madness. The madness, of course, is the new corporate business model of patenting something utterly absurd, such as “click on something and something happens” or “computers can store data” or “tell the user there has been an error” … then…

This is not new, but i is so good that I like to remind everyone of it once every eight months or so. This is the Minnesota Citizens for Science Education Real Science Search Engine. This engine searches the whole web, including commercial sites, but omits several hundred carefully chosen creationist URLs. When you want…

The Origin of the Human Smile

A colleague and grad student of mine, Rob, just sent me the following question, slightly edited here: A student in my intro class asked me a good question the other day to which I had no answer. When did smiling cease to be a threat gesture? I have a couple of ideas. One is that…

The developers of Firefox ran into an interesting situation with Firefox 3.0 (in production). There are reasons for it to have run faster than Firefox 2.0 on a Mac, but in some ways it ran more slowly. After a great deal of research, they figured out why. Essentially, there is a thing that happens to…

Linux Magic

Let’s say you want to make a directory tree in Linux a few directories deep. You could do this: greg@greg-laptop:~$ mkdir tst greg@greg-laptop:~$ cd tst greg@greg-laptop:~/tst$ mkdir tstdeeper greg@greg-laptop:~/tst$ cd tstdeeper greg@greg-laptop:~/tst/tstdeeper$ mkdir evendeeper greg@greg-laptop:~/tst/tstdeeper$ cd evendeeper greg@greg-laptop:~/tst/tstdeeper/evendeeper$ Or, you could be smart and do this:

Joseph Lekuton: A parable for Kenya

Joseph Lekuton, a member of Kenya’s parliament, tells the story of his own extraordinary education, and then a parable of how Africa itself can grow. His message of hope for Kenya in particular has never been more relevant.

On one hand, we have the Huckabee factor … Huckabee’s draw on hard right voters in tomorrows primary may lead anti-evolutionists to victory. On the other hand, we have the Obama factor … Obama’s draw on moderate republicans may lead to a cleansing of pernicious liberal elements from the Republican party. Hilary Hylton has an…

Airbus 320 Gone Wild

My colleague Christian Reinboth (Frischer Wind) sent me this amazing video. Christian says it has been circulating on the European YouTube circuit (which, from our American perspective could be known as “TheirTube“). It has been very windy in Europe lately, as you know from the amazing Wind Turbine Catastrophic Failure videos (Wind Turbines Gone Wild).…

Best Buy will Sell Linux Computers

The Asus Eee Laptops being sold by Best Buy come featured with an Intel Celeron M Processor, 512 MB of DDR2 memory, 7″ widescreen display, 4GB solid state drive, built-in webcam, and the Linux operating system. Weighing in at only 2lbs, the laptop is great for day-to-day traveling. The hardware might not seem much, if…