Archives for August, 2011

Google Apps Off Line

I don’t use Google Apps much to process documents or data for two reasons: 1) If it is not a text file on my hard drive, I am suspicious of it and 2) I spend enough time with no internet access (not much, but easily 5% of my on line time) that I don’t want…

I am a child of the library

I really am. When I was a kid, we had few books at home, and the library was two blocks away. Before kindergarten, so when I was less than five or six, I had worked out a route by which I would take my wagon to the library, crossing our urban streets away from the…

When we read about human evolution, we eventually get to the part about humans becoming “modern” (i.e., reaching the Platonic ideal, the End of the Linean Line, The upper middle part Catechism’s Great Chain of Being, the Archetype of the Repressed Middle Class, and all that other good stuff). That is the moment when we…

Sharing the results of a massive, worldwide study, geneticist Svante Pääbo shows the DNA proof that early humans mated with Neanderthals after we moved out of Africa. (Yes, many of us have Neanderthal DNA.) He also shows how a tiny bone from a baby finger was enough to identify a whole new humanoid species. Humanoid?…

What is “sea foam” made out of?

Reporter Gives Update Covered In Sea Foam: MyFoxNY.com

And I’m only half joking: Three degrees warming doubles risk of civil war Global patterns of civil conflict are directly associated with planetary-scale climate change. Specifically in tropical countries, the risk of civil war have just been shown to double in warmer El Niño years (to about 6% risk per country per year) compared to…

Editing PDF’s

Linux probably has a lot more FOSS tools for editing PDF’s than other platforms. ImageMagick will do basic manipulation from the command line. But for a GUI interactive kind of editing, you should look at PDFedit sudo apt-get install pdfedit You can do what I’m pretty sure is one of the most often required tasks:…

Created Equal

I am not specifically recommending the book Created Equal becuase I’ve never seen it up close and cannot vouch for its qualities (and it is not cheap) but it was mentioned, with several photographs from the book, here, some time ago. In Created Equal, photographer Mark Laita pairs images that are in some way “opposite”…

I like the way the godfather smiles when they talk about git.