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So I don’t have to bother saying them myself. * SpaceX Dragon on its way to the ISS! (and watch more of it – though I’d skip the first ~40 mins of talk if I were you). Note: I’m a bit behind the times here; see the next post. * The Magistrate’s blog – more…

von S jumps the shark

Many thanks to commentor Bam who alerted me to A comment by Alex Harvey: CLIMATE CHANGE ARBITRATION BIAS AT WIKIPEDIA by Hans von Storch CLIMATE CHANGE ARBITRATION BIAS AT WIKIPEDIA complete with big shouty letters. [This is a copy from back-up of a post that was on the old mt site, and didn’t get auto-moved…

I’m not the first to say the obvious, but the FT appears to have misunderstood the world: Some investors accused Facebook of taking advantage of enormous demand to sell at an inflated price it says, commenting on the way FB’s shareprice dropped from $38-ish to $34-ish. To which the answer is… WTF do you think…

Airport security

As this Economist debate demonstrates, the people in charge are stupid, complacent, wasteful, smug, mendacious and incompetent. Not that uncommon, alas. Refs * The Economist Debate on Airplane Security

Justice and Injustice

There is a remark somewhere in Popper – but of course I forget where, and since I’m only struggling to remember this as an intro or lead-in I may even have made it up – to the effect that deep inquiry into the meaning of words is largely fruitless. And this is in the context…

Black to play

A problem from the British Go Journal issue 158. I don’t play Go any more, but I still like it. This problem is particularly pleasant. It is symmetrical, so there are only 6 possibilities. Black to play and live. SGF visualised with GoRilla.

RFS 9: Kill Hollywood

Well, this is an interesting take on SOPA (h/t Paul, and the atheist FAQ is worth reading too): Hollywood appears to have peaked… [But] The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected that they could do a lot of damage to civil liberties and the world economy on the way down……

Feynman on Brahe

Listening to the Feynman lectures on CD (the one on electromagentism is quite a challenge on CD :-) we got to gravity, and I was rather struck by a historical note he made, concerning the shift from geocentrism to heliocentrism – essentially, the process of working out how the planets really moved, and why. The…

Old news

The comments over at More Misc are trailing off, but I am (as ever) astonished by peoples’ desire to have the last word. Let it never be said that KK is uncontroversial. Still, what more could he ask? So, time for something else. I didn’t comment on Al Gore’s latest (did I?) or even watch…

Galileo on infinity

Stung by some rather odd language on wikipedia at [[Two New Sciences#Infinite sets]], I’m reading the bits about infinity in “Two New Sciences” (Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations Relating to Two New Sciences aka Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche, intorno à due nuove scienze, 1638) via the translation available at http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/tns_draft/tns_001to061.html. If you look at the oldid…