Archives for March 7, 2009

Print Screen

In the old days, it was often easier, and indeed made sense, to just print the screen. I once set up a system that ate data off of some rather esoteric machines, store it, analyze it, and make a screen of data and a screen with a graph on it. PrtScr. PrtScr. Tape the data…

Remember the Floppy!

My first storage medium was paper tape. Narrow strips of tape with holes punched out of it to store programs and data, could be printed out of a tape-puncher attached to a paper-based TTY terminal, or read into the terminal. Then, I used punch cards. Eventually I upgraded to a casette player for small data…

A different White House

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Photo of Richard Dawkins …

… giving talk at University of Minnesota. taken from way far away with my very crappy cell phone camera.

Hot Science Blog Posts

How do we know we’re hungry? (Take two) Sorting out the placebo effect in teen depression studies Understanding language without ability to speak What makes a theory compelling? Human-induced evolution reverses for shrunken fish once fishing stops

Evolution of the Lexicon

I recently posted about the work by Pagel and colleagues regarding ancient lexicons. That work, recently revived in the press for whatever reasons such things happen, is the same project reported a while back in Nature. And, as I recall, I read that paper and promised to blog about it but did not get to…

Quickies

Dawkins at Oklahoma And this update on the Okie Legislature’s assholitude This is funny. Julia’s adding it to her homework assignment on Pluto

The Humanism of the Star Trek Universe. Scott Lohman and Robert Price on Atheists Talk #0060, Sunday March 8, 2009 Gene Roddenberry convinced the executives at Paramount that a show about exploring space would appeal to a mass audience. They funded a weekly series for three beautiful years, and it turns out he was partially…

Even “Windows” computers (laptops in particular) will be using this OpenSource minisystem. Splashtop is preinstalled on the hard drive or in the onboard Flash memory of new PCs and motherboards by their manufacturers. Splashtop is a software-only solution that requires no additional hardware. A small component of Splashtop is embedded in the BIOS of the…

Peace Breaks Out in Congo

.. now, this is not a Congo Memoir. And it may be a distraction more than a reality. We’ll have to see…. BUKIMA, Congo — Jean-Marie Serundori’s eyes light up when he sees his old hulk of a friend Kabirizi. War, displacement and bloodthirsty rebels had gotten between them. But for the first time in…