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Archives for October, 2007

Albatross!

Hat tip to the Bleiman Brothers. I am reminded of

Friday Poem (1026)

on the fire suicides of the buddhists "They only burn themselves to reach Paradise." Mme. Nhu original courage is good, motivation be damned, and if you say they are trained to feel no pain, are they guaranteed this? is is still not possible to die for somebody else? you sophisticates who lay back and make…

Today in Science (1026)

Events 1977 – The last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox. 1984 – "Baby Fae" receives a heart transplant from a baboon. 1994 – Announcement that Andrew Wiles correctly proved Fermat’s last theorem.

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Births 1856 – Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger, Croatian paleontologist 1910 – William Higinbotham, American physicist Deaths 1647 – Evangelista Torricelli, Italian physicist and mathematician

Just reminiscing about computers

Over at Page 3.14, there’s a post where us old farts reminisce about computing when we were young ’uns. I’m quoted as saying "My first computer was a ZX81 (Timex/Sinclair here in the US). Had 1k of memory. Taught myself assembly. In high school and college, virtually everything was hand written. Didn’t even use a…

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Events 1998 – Launch of the Deep Space 1 mission

One result from a Barna Group poll on biblical literalism: The Bible opens with the description of God creating the universe in six days. That report is accepted as literally true by 60% of the adult population. This passage brought out major distinctions across people groups. For instance, while 73% of the adults who did…

According the Associated Press, the White House severely edited congressional testimony given Tuesday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the impact of climate change on health. The testimony was cut from 14 pages to four, though some of the redacted material appears to have come up in questions. The…

Today in Science (1023)

Births 1875 – Gilbert N. Lewis, American chemist 1905 – Felix Bloch, Swiss physicist and Nobel Prize laureate 1908 – Ilya Frank, Russian physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Deaths 1581 – Michael Neander, German mathematician and astronomer 1944 – Charles Glover Barkla, English physicist and Nobel Prize laureate 1986 – Edward Adelbert Doisy, American biochemist…

Today in Science (1022)

Good Monday morning to all my readers, especially to the 406 who read the blog via Feedburner. Did you know, that if each and everyone of you donated a mere $10 to our DonorsChoose drive, we’d have raised a total of $5,353 and will have met our challenge goals? That’s less than three cents a…