Archive for October, 2005

Black Studies Professor Arrested

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Yikes! Black Studies Professor Arrested (via Natalia).

Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

I attended a geek salon at halflab, and several of the attendees started discussing The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger's first novel. Henry DeTamble has a problem: he has a genetic disorder that causes him to travel through time; unfortunately, he has little control over where and when, except he ...

RIP Rosa Parks

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

You have always been our hero, Rosa Parks.

Park on interop

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

I think Joyce, in her Zend conference presentation, was saying the same thing I was saying when I talked about how to have systems talk to one another; but as usual, she put it more succinctly: It's all strings, man.

I have to use words when I talk to you

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Jim Waldo writes that it's a good idea to send objects over wires (when doing IPC, etc.), and Tim Bray challenged him somewhat to consider sending XML instead. Waldo replied that you still have to define the semantics, and, of course, Bray agrees. TANSTAAFL, of course. There has to be ...

20 Tropical Storms

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Mpeg video of the 2005 hurricane season, viewed as if from space. Fascinating. (via robotwisdom).

Hah, hah — aren’t those Amish quaint?

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Joel Stein: What's Next ... With The Amish. I wrote this letter to Time: I'm fairly appalled at the patronizing tone Joel Stein takes in his column 'What's next...with the Amish,' as posted on-line Oct 17: Stein could have chosen to ask how the Amish go about making decisions about new technologies ...

The day is past and gone

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Really good Kalamazoo Sacred Harp singing yesterday. There were only six people when we began to sing, but with Roger Williams singing bass, Molly Williams on alto, and Ann Miczulski singing treble, and the always strong leading tenor of Samuel Sommers, we were well covered. We started with lots of ...

Purty pictures…

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

... of complex networks at visual complexity. Via information aesthetics.

Funny, or horrifying, or both

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

My Outsourced Life.

Machine evolution and consciousness (circa 1872)

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

From Samuel Butler's The Book of the Machines in Erewhon:Complex now, but how much simpler and more intelligibly organised may [a machine] not become in another hundred thousand years? or in twenty thousand? For man at present believes that his interest lies in that direction; he spends an incalculable amount ...

Fieger running for state attorney general

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Something Michigan Democrats and Republicans can probably agree on: Michigan doesn't trust Geoffrey Fieger. (Sandy Lipsey, who has announced for the AG position, is my brother-in-law).

If I were a Springer-Verlag Graduate Text in Mathematics

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

If I were a Springer-Verlag Graduate Text in Mathematics, I would be Saunders Mac Lane's Categories for the Working Mathematician. I provide an array of general ideas useful in a wide variety of fields. Starting from foundations, I illuminate the concepts of category, functor, natural transformation, and duality. I ...

Knock-knock

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

VERBATIM: Knock-knock Who's there? Objective case. ...

Lemonodor: Stanford Wins Grand Challenge

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Lemonodor: Stanford Wins Grand Challenge Great pix from John and Lori -- follow the Flickr links.

Doing the Martin Shuffle

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Fun Peter Norvig post on using randomized techniques to listen to a particular song on an iPod shuffle: Doing the Martin Shuffle (with your iPod). The 'Martin' of the 'Martin Shuffle' is Charles Martin. Charles was the 2nd grad student of Chris Riesbeck's to graduate; I was the 3rd. ...

Borges: a whale of an error

Monday, October 10th, 2005

I received an email from Justin Bur that says (quoting with permission): Your English version of Borges' celebrated essay http://www.entish.org/essays/Wilkins.html contains a rather spectacular mistranslation based presumably on a typo in the original Spanish. Section 16 of Wilkins' taxonomy classifies the *whale*, not beauty, as a viviparous oblong fish. There ...

Predator-B UAV to Patrol US Borders

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Predator-B UAV to Patrol US Borders

Sweet Narnia preview

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Guardian Unlimited Books: Justine Picardie on the new Narnia film

Answers to Questions on Unstructured Data

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Answers to Questions on Unstructured Data asked by my friend Daniel Lemire for a course he's teaching on IR and unstructured data. (I should have referenced Tim Converse's 'Are you still working on that?' essay, but it was unavailable today...) Update:Tim says (writing from Seoul) that his weblog is available again, ...