Archive for June, 2005

Bush’s Iraq Speech: Long On Assertion, Short On Facts

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Generally sound post-speech analysis: Bush's Iraq Speech: Long On Assertion, Short On Facts

Fun powers of 10

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Molecular Expressions: Science, Optics and You - Secret Worlds: The Universe Within - Interactive Java Tutorial (via my brother, Steve).

Freakonomics error?

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

I'm pretty sure that this Freakonomics article is in error. Previously, Steven Levitt estimated that the odds are about 10,000 to 1 against being arrested for soliciting in Chicago. But here he marvels at an unlucky patron who was arrested twice in the span of about a week. It was ...

Tiger burning bright

Friday, June 24th, 2005

I've just installed Tiger -- Mac OS 10.4.1. Things seem pretty stable right now. I really like Spotlight, the full text search feature, although I would really appreciate it if Apple would document the search syntax. The Dashboard doesn't thrill me, although I am posting this to my weblog through ...

ILC 2005

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

I attended the 2005 International Lisp Conference at Stanford, and presented a paper (abstract; the whole thing) on our work at NASA on using Lisp as the substrate of our autonomy software, Apex. I was surprised that the conference lasted for four days. But it made more sense once ...

AERCam lives!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Michael Hannemann sent me a pointer to a New Scientist article about the newest version of the AERCam, a spherical space camera for inspection tasks. Speaking of ex-co-workers, here's a photo of John Wiseman and me at the International Lisp Conference (ILC2005). John is the cool looking guy with the ...

Bird Flu Drug Rendered Useless

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Bird Flu Drug Rendered Useless (writes the Washington Post) because farmers used an antiviral meant for humans on chickens. Aargh!

Adults can be retrained to learn second languages more easily, says UCL scientist

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Adults can be retrained to learn second languages more easily, says UCL scientist (via This looks encouraging; still, it's a small study--the study showed that a study of 63 Japanese ESL students were able to increase their perception of the r/l distinction in English by 18% after 10 sessions. ...

Conversing with Computers

Friday, June 10th, 2005

I just ran across this NASA article about the software I helped develop for them at a previous employer: CONVERSING WITH COMPUTERS.

Kimber Shoop

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Here's a picture of Kimber Shoop, who played the child who grew up to be William Hurt's character in Broadcast News. But, honest. What are you supposed to say when they keep talking about your looks? I don't even know what they mean -- "Beat them ...

2004 Sacred Harp Frequency of Choices

Saturday, June 4th, 2005

I've done an analysis of how frequently hymns from the Denson book were chosen during annual singings in 2004 (as recorded by the Sacred Harp Minutes book). I tried to be careful to count only selections from Denson. I didn't look at choices from singings specifically listed as Cooper Book or ...

Döner vs Gyros vs Schwarma vs Donair

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Döner kebab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A variation on the döner kebab known as a Donair was introduced in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in the early 1970s. A restaurant called The King Of Donairs claims to have been the first to serve this version in 1973. The meat in this ...

Dean originally suspected Felt, but recanted …

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

According to this Salon article: On a tape recording made on Feb. 28, 1973, Dean can be heard telling Nixon that Felt was "the only person that knows" details that had been leaked to the Post. Dean later rejected the notion; in an electronic book published by Salon in 2002, he ...

Felt had say in The Final Days

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Amusing suggestion that Mark Felt was Deep Throat (from 1999) based on rearranging the letters in "The Final Days" at Salon.

Edmund Clowney

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

When I was a student at Michigan State University, I was involved in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. I went to IV programs at Cedar Campus in northern Michigan several times, once for an entire month for a summer leadership training program, at which both John R. Stott and Edmund Clowney were ...