Archive for May, 2005

‘Deep Throat’ revealed

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

It appears that the Washington Post is confirming that Mark Felt was Deep Throat. The Watergate hearings and Nixon's resignation dominated the news the summer between high school and college for me, so Watergate coverage always has a special coming of age tinge for me. For some reason--probably because I've ...

Trump University

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

So Donald Trump has started himself a university, and Roger Schank, who headed the Institute for the Learning Sciences when I was a grad student at Northwestern, is the Chief Learning Officer. Roger writes an "occasional column" called "Educational Outrage. He talks about the press reaction to some comments he made ...

Have Space Suit, Will Travel

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

Just finished reading--for the first time--Robert Heinlein's Have Space Suit, Will Travel. It has the perfect Heinlein Golden Age of SF quote: I tell you, the slide rule is the greatest invention since girls.

Morse Code Music by David Tulga

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Morse Code Music by David Tulga

More evidence against Bush’s early WMD claims

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Prewar Findings Worried Analysts (reg. required) More evidence that Bush et al. cooked the evidence for WMD in Iraq: ...Bush said in his Jan. 28, 2003, State of the Union address that Hussein was working to obtain "significant quantities" of uranium from Africa, a conclusion the president attributed to British intelligence and ...

Remarks by the President at Calvin College Commencement

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

I don't like President Bush much, but he did give a good speech at Calvin: "Remarks by the President at Calvin College Commencement:" As the Class of 2005 goes out into the world, I ask you to embrace this tradition of service and help set an example for all Americans. As ...

Opening and closing hymn choices in 2004 singings

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

I posted this note to the mailing list (Sacred Harp singing discussions): Hello all, I did a frequency analysis of the songs led as either the opening, or the closing, hymn during the 222 singings reported in the 2004 minutes book. Here are the songs most frequently led as an opening song (five or more ...

Social networks of social networkers

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Physcists and sociologists don't cite each other much while doing social network research.

Base closings as payback?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Was there political pressure placed by the Republicans to reward "Red" states, and punish "Blue" states during the recent round of base closings, as some have said? Perhaps some, as indicated by the chart above. Click on the chart for a bigger picture. Number of electoral votes accounts for about ...

German spam?

Monday, May 16th, 2005

I'm getting hundreds of spam emails in German today -- it looks like this started in general about a year ago. I'm surprised the spam filter in Gmail isn't catching them. They pretty much all start 'Lese sebst:' followed by a URL. Anyone else getting these suddenly? Update I guess it is ...

2004 Sacred Harp Singings

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

I created a map of 2004 Sacred Harp Singings. Enjoy!


Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Tim Converse participated in a search panel that turned ugly. Tim thought no one was taking picture, but he was wrong.

U.S. security devices at ports to be replaced

Monday, May 9th, 2005

U.S. security devices at ports to be replaced (via robotwisdom). After spending more than $4.5 billion on screening devices to monitor ports, borders, airports, mail and the air, the U.S. government is moving to replace or alter much of the antiterrorism equipment, concluding that it is ineffective, unreliable or too expensive ...

First composition

Friday, May 6th, 2005

Here's the first composition I've ever done: an arrangement of Amazing Grace, as a Midi file, as a PDF file. These were created using the cool ABC Convert-a-matic tool. Update: made a minor change to the tune.

Janis Karpinski demoted

Friday, May 6th, 2005

Janis Karpinski has been demoted from brigadier general to colonel. She is the person who was in charge of the Abu Ghraib prison when the scandalous behavior there occurred. Also, the article says: The Senate Armed Services Committee has said it intends to hold hearings soon to assess whether ...

Borges’s “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins”

Friday, May 6th, 2005

I made a correction or two and reformatted my translation of Borges's The Analytical Language of John Wilkins. The impossibility of penetrating the divine scheme of the universe does not, however, dissuade us from planning human schemes, even though we know they must be provisional.

NSF funds for endangered language ‘documentation’

Friday, May 6th, 2005

The NSF just announced the Documenting Endangered Languages project -- $4.4 million dollars to document about 70 languages before they go extinct, and, perhaps, to prevent their extinction. The Ethnologue, probably the single best reference on the demographics of the world's languages, lists 516 nearly extinct languages., including 170 in ...

Iraq/Afghan War

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

According to this Reuters article, the House and Senate have agreed to spend an additional 82 billion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing the total to around $300 billion. According to my reckoning, that's over $5,500 for every man, woman and child in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Google business solutions

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Tim Bray writes about how much he hates 'solution' as marketing speak. Unfortunately, perhaps, even Google is providing solutions.

War in Iraq memo

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

From a secret Downing Street memo written in July, 2002 (eight months before the war began): The Foreign Secretary [Jack Straw] said he would discuss this with Colin Powell this week. It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not ...