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Drums in the Deep… They Are Coming

October was a very heavy month, blog-wise, and I had planned to continue that labor. In working the word mines, though, I seem to have delved too deep, and unleashed a horde. And they have Halloween candy… I’ll try to fight my way clear by Monday, but not too hard, because, really, look at them.…

Science: It’s What’s for Breakfast

SteelyKid and I have developed a weekend routine: I make pancakes (with her help in mixing and occasionally measuring ingredients) on Saturday morning before we head out (usually to SoccerTots, but the last couple of weeks to birthday parties). On Sunday, we make French toast, before going to the Schenectady Greenmarket. Of course, while this…

Ask Me Stuff

I’m running a little short on blogging inspiration lately. This is partly just a function of being busy– most of my time is spent frantically working on class prep or child maintenance, and another piece is the result of an inconvenient policy change. But I do feel like I’ve gotten into a bit of a…

1 And the LORD looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 2 And the LORD said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with…

The Quota System

They say that, in writing, you should steal from the best. Or, failing that, whoever’s convenient. Like, say, John Scalzi. I made a little headway on the book-in-progress over the weekend, which is nice. The problem is, the words I wrote on Saturday were the first new text generated since Tuesday the previous week. Not…

De-Clutter the Internet!

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Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » QCut “Let me end this post with a request: I want all of my readers to visit the YouCut page, and propose that quantum computing and theoretical computer science research be completely eliminated.  Here’s my own CAREER Award; go ahead and cite it by number as a particularly egregious example of government…

There was a bunch of discussion yesterday about a graph comparing the amount of money spent on veterinary expenses over the last twenty-odd years to the amount spent on human health care over that same span: There were a lot of dumb things said about this, but really, the worst part of the whole thing…

Chicago

As noted last Friday, I spent the weekend in Chicago with a bunch of friends from college, which kept me pretty busy– some golf, ridiculously upscale steaks, improbably located Cajun food, a Cubs game (5-2 Cubs over Cardinals), ribs, and live blues music (from Joanna Connor and Duke Tumatoe). I think that’s pretty much everything…

Conference Self-Organization

DAMOP is next week, and Tom uses this to talk about socialization at conferences: The DAMOP conference is coming up, and that reminds me of a conference-related phenomenon related to gathering a group to go off to a meal. This doesn’t manifest itself when the conference provides meals, so it wasn’t an issue last fall;…