Monthly Archives: August 2009

30 Aug 2009
I’m not depressed, I’m adaptive

Scientific American has an interesting article: “Depression’s Evolutionary Roots“. This is not to say that depression is not a problem. Depressed people often have trouble performing everyday activities, they can’t concentrate on their work, they tend to socially isolate themselves, they are lethargic, and they often lose the ability to take pleasure from such activities […]

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28 Aug 2009
Big Media time travel

I just ran across this comment-reply by Nina Paley on her post Your Children Are Not Your Children. I suppose if the Star Trek replicator ever comes into being, the Faberges will try to litigate it out of existence, to preserve their old business model. The Faberges will have to time-travel to the Future to […]

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26 Aug 2009
I’m psychic

It is totally worth it. I’ve on several occasions, inadvertently as well as intentionally, pulled a stunt like this. For example: once long long ago, when I was a teenager or just after, some friends and I were cruising around looking for some mischief to get into. Me: Let’s listen to some Pink Floyd … […]

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25 Aug 2009
Is the sky falling?

How many of the 12 questions in The Science Knowledge Quiz can you get right? Go ahead and try it now — it’s quick and easy. For more detailed and statistically sound analysis, check out Science and Engineering Indicators 2008, which I posted about last year. It states “[…] many Americans do not reliably distinguish […]

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21 Aug 2009
Personal Satellite

I want one of these. I’ve no idea what I’d do with it, but still … my own personal satellite in LEO, if only for a few weeks. Interorbital Systems has this cool TubeSat Personal Satellite Kit for only $8000, which includes launching it into low earth orbit. Briefly, what you get is “the satellite’s […]

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19 Aug 2009
A Visit From DEC Corporate

I filled out the annual Customer Service Survey, dropped it in the mail, and forgot about it … until one day a nervous Field Service Engineer and a Concerned Corporate Suit showed up outside my office. Background This was back in the day when the numerous DEC (later bought by Compaq, then by HP) minicomputers […]

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19 Aug 2009
Pizza FAIL

A night or two ago I got home late and tired from work and decided that I should treat myself to a pizza, so I placed an online order with Dominos (yeah, I know, but they’re close by) as I’ve done before. Someone else make my food and bring it to me: WIN. … time […]

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16 Aug 2009
Hurricane Survival Checklist

WAPT 16, a local Jackson, MS, TV station, offers a Hurricane Survival Checklist [1] I’d like to add a few more hints. Please feel free to add more in the comments. First, consider additional smaller kits tailored for you office and car. If you’re caught at work or on the road, these kits can tide […]

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16 Aug 2009
Whither LazyWeb and Hoosgot?

While cleaning out my feed reader, I ran across the feed for Hoosgot, which apparently has shut down. In April 2008 I said “I’ll whine about them here just in case some ghost of LazyWeb still exists and answers before I get around to researching them myself.” and later added in an update “Also, I […]

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15 Aug 2009
The Face of SkyNet?

What is evil and how do you formally define it? That’s what Selmer Bringsjord of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Cognitive Science has been working on. He and his team created “E”, a computer representation with some degree of artificial intelligence, loaded it with some scenarios, and then asked it questions to determine why it […]

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