Archive for July, 2005

Bloggers Need Not Apply

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Bloggers Need Not Apply from the Chronicle for Higher Ed. A cautionary tale for academics and other job hunters.For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. (via Natalia).

Words related to forcasting

Friday, July 29th, 2005

I've quite enjoyed this week's Word a day words, all related to forecasting: oneiromancy, Cassandra, fatidic, dowse, sortilege. Definitely some Internet Bubble company names there. (Cassandra is also the name of a decision-based contingency planner done by good friend Louise Pryor). I only knew "dowse" and "Cassandra."

I.R.A. Renounces Use of Violence

Friday, July 29th, 2005

I.R.A. Renounces Use of Violence; Vows to Disarm (New York Times). Blair: "This is a step of unparalleled magnitude in the recent history of Northern Ireland."

Not good

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

NASA Suspending Shuttle Program Over Foam Debris (- New York Times)

Music as distraction while driving

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Interesting piece on how listening to music makes you a worse driver (or, perhaps, video game racer): Pedal To The Metal: Heavy Tunes Cause Gaming Fender Benders. (Via robotwisdom).

Huzzah for Return to flight!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

. Congratulations!

Huzzah for Armstrong!

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Armstrong Ends Career With Seventh Tour de France Win

Congressional fight over global warming

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

As noted in several places, Rep. Joe Barton of the House Energy Committee has asked three scientists for data--both scientific and personal--underlying their investigations into global warming. The USA Today article and Realclimate.org post helpfully links to the original letter sent by Barton, as well as to the scientists' and ...

The Onion | Never In My Wildest Dreams Did I Think I’d Get Bored Watching Robots Fight

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

The Onion | Never In My Wildest Dreams Did I Think I'd Get Bored Watching Robots Fight

TeamOsaka’s Robocup entry…

Friday, July 22nd, 2005



Poor Kalamazoo

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Poor Kalamazoo: It looks like Pfizer is moving some 500 research jobs out of the area (most of these are actually in Portage, the city just to our south). They're leaving most of the manuafacturing jobs, and animal research in the area, as well as a small research group. ...

Caller id announcement

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

My phone speaks aloud the caller id when someone calls. Today a friend called from Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, which caller id shortened, so the phone announced: "Call from Immanuel Christ."

The Race That Shall Not Be Named

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Good essay on Harry Potter And The Imbalance of Race by Keith Woods-- one of the things that have always bothered me about the Harry Potter books, and a good suggestion for what to do (hint: it's not calling Rowlings racist).

Palindrome audio

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Listen to the "my girlfriend has a freaking wierd name..." palindrome.

Ursula K Le Guin on Roald Dahl & her children

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Letters to the Editor - April 1973 That Mr. Dahl’s books have a very powerful effect on children is evident. Kids between 8 and 11 seem to be truly fascinated by them; one of mine used to finish Charlie and then start it right over from the beginning (she ...

Potter covers

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Daughter Jand and I have have finished the new Harry Potter book. I think it's better written than the last book--tauter, more showing, less telling. Jane thought Rowling made several mistakes, including killing off a major character. It does get fairly dark near the end, as others have noted. ...

Good Palidrome

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Place tongue in cheek: McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Famous Palindrome.

Ethnologue article

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

NY Times article on the Ethnologue: How Linguists and Missionaries Share a Bible of 6,912 Languages.

CJR on reporters and Rove

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

CJR Daily: Archives Incidents like this remind us that reporters really do want to do what reporters should do -- hammer hypocrisy, discover the facts, and write stories that level with readers. But cowed by bias charges and handcuffed by conventions that keep reporters from calling a lie a lie, all ...

Scott McClellan not commenting

Monday, July 11th, 2005

It looks like the press is finally putting a little fire on the Whitehouse: read this press briefing by Scott McClellan. Q Scott, can I ask you this; did Karl Rove commit a crime? MR. McCLELLAN: Again, David, this is a question relating to an ongoing investigation, and you have my ...