Archives for February, 2009

Perhaps we are all subject to falling into the trap of what I call the Hydraulic Theory of Everything. If you eat more you will be bigger, if you eat less you will be smaller. Emotional states are the continuously varying outcome of different levels of a set of hormones, forming “happy” or “stressy” or…

Tickets to Dawkins

Minnesotans: Get your tickets to Dawkins by joining Minnesota Atheists. Details here.

This barking dog is not very smart. But it could make a good Republican. The only thing harder to understand than Michele Bachmann is the Republican Party. Bachmann is hard to understand in this way: How can a person with her mind be an elected member of congress?!?!??? The Republican party is hard to understand…

PLoS Paleontology Collections

PLoS ONE is a veritable fire hose of OpenAccess research. Which is nice, but how do you browse a fire hose? By using the PLoS ONE collections you can track your favorite topic or delve into the earlier literature or just browse around. And now, starting just moments ago, there is a PLoS collection on…

Fear 101

Public Schools new dress code enforced – watch more funny videos

Technology Tidbits

Microsoft’s Ballmer indicates that Linux is moving ahead of Mac as a threat to Windows. UK Goes OpenSource Women in OpenSource Report

A “pre-existing condition” in the North Indian Ocean stoked the sudden intensification of last year’s Tropical Cyclone Nargis just before its devastating landfall in Burma, according to a new NASA/university study. The cyclone became Burma’s worst natural disaster ever and one of the deadliest cyclones of all time.

Karmic Koala Prospects Kloudy

In a good way. Ubuntu 9.10 is scheduled for release in October of this year, and will include the Amazon EC2 API. This will allow anyone to have a cloud using all OpenSource raw materials. And it will be energy savvy. From Mark Shuttleworth: What if you want to build an EC2-style cloud of your…

An Open Letter to All Software Developers, I don’t like changing, shifting, cutsie, idiotic date formats, and I don’t like rounding off much either. Many systems that provide information on date and time make unwrarented and embarrassingly stupid assumptions about what you want to know. In Movable Type, the system designers assume that if a…

This week we touched on the adviser/advisee relationship between faculty and students in class, and by coincidence blogger k8andcat has posted a very insightful and useful post on this topic. If you are a student (grad or undergrad) or a potential mentor, please read it. It is here.