Archive for the 'Maths, Science & Technology' Category

AMERICA IS LIKE A HOUSE WITH NO TOILET

August 21st, 2017

A MINUTE IS A MINUTE IS A… WHAT…?

August 20th, 2017

Here’s an experiment. Find a timepiece with a second hand (or a digital timer that counts seconds), sit down comfortably and at the zero-seconds mark close your eyes and subjectively begin counting seconds: one Mississippi, two Mississippi (or whatever trick you want) until you reach sixty and then open your eyes and see how many […]

LOTS OF WATER (AND MAYBE SOME FOOD)…

August 19th, 2017

WE’LL WATCH THIS ECLIPSE FROM OUR BACK DECK…

August 18th, 2017

I’m with Mano on next week’s eclipse…

FORGET CONQUEST, WAR, FAMINE AND DEATH…

July 27th, 2017

So, if your week hasn’t been gloomy enough with all the brinkmanship in the senate, Ralph Nader serves up four more existential threats. Answering his own rhetorical question in Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? Nader writes: Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or […]

MIGHT DRIVERLESS CARS HELP SENIOR MOBILITY…?

June 26th, 2017

Ralph Nader very rarely misses a beat, but in the case of the issue of driverless cars, I think he missed an important aspect. He can be forgiven that, however, because I haven’t heard the issue raised as of yet: driverless cars, either owned or shared, could provide aging baby boomers with an alternative to […]

ACKNOWLEDGING IGNORANCE IS IMPORTANT…

May 22nd, 2017

I tell students that I awaken each morning celebrating my own ignorance because that means I get to learn new information. Yet, back in the ’90s a young man on my staff told me that I was intimidating because I always seemed to have information just waiting between my ears to answer a particular question. […]

JOHN OLIVER UPDATES NET NEUTRALITY FIGHT…

May 14th, 2017

[NEW] BACK INTO THE NET-NEUTRALITY BREACH…!

May 8th, 2017

[Update @ 1928—Oh, this is rich: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) claimed on Monday that its online comments system was attacked hours after comedian John Oliver called on viewers of his HBO series Last Week Tonight to file comments to urge the agency to protect open internet rules. The clowns at the FCC wouldn’t know […]

SMILE…! WE’RE ON CASSINI CAMERA…!

April 22nd, 2017

BERNIE SANDERS TALKS SCIENCE WITH BILL NYE…

April 15th, 2017

FOR MY DAD, WHO DROVE ONE OF THE GIANTS…

March 27th, 2017

At timemark 0:57 a father an son stand at a crossing while a giant chugs past. The narrator says, Lucky the boy who could one day say he had seen them in action. My father not only was lucky enough to see the giants in action, but in Fairmont, West Virginia, where he lived for […]

WHAT I’M READING NOW: BERNIE TO EDUCATION…

March 26th, 2017

First up this morning, Trevor Timm on Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party. My takeaway: In other words, [the DNC elite are] doubling down on the exact same failing strategy that Clinton used in the final months of the campaign. Sanders himself put it this way in his usual blunt style […]

ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE FECKIN’ EEDGITS…?

March 3rd, 2017

No one, at any level of government or business should be allowed to use ANY public servers. Full stop. I spewed coffee when I read: Vice-president Mike Pence used a personal email account to discuss security issues as governor of Indiana and was hacked last summer, it was reported on Thursday. Pence’s AOL account was […]

IT’S THIS THING CALLED NUCLEAR WEAPONS…

February 20th, 2017

So, we’ve all heard what our President has to say about the 92nd element, but did you know (thank you sonderval) where he’s getting his information from ? You know what uranium is, right? Well, it’s not exactly a “thing called nuclear weapons”, but Uranium is a tremendously important element. Incredibly important. Nuclear weapons would […]

WE NEED TO FREE OURSELVES FROM THE NOISE…

January 17th, 2017

Back in September, in COULD I BE AS BRAVE AS ANDREW SULLIVAN…?, I noted Cal Newport’s analysis of Andrew Sullivan’s essay in New York Magazine: I Used to Be a Human Being. Yesterday, while filing a box of papers I came across my high-lighted copy of the article and want to share two passages that […]

TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM GET SOME REST…

December 30th, 2016

I can’t recall the last time I got a restful eight hours of sleep. If I get a solid six hours I’m ecstatic because most nights I hit five, maybe five-and-a-half hours and can then choose to either stare at the ceiling or get up and write. By mid-morning I’m drowsy and need a nap. […]

MAKING TROUBLED SLEEP WORK FOR YOU…

December 7th, 2016

While the past year has been dominated by the lead up to the November elections, a more personal focus has held my attention: getting enough sleep. In the past I’ve always been a sound sleeper, but in recent years (driven, perhaps, in no small part by my aging) (I’ve struggled to get even six hours […]

CLARENCE DITLOW: 1944-2016…

November 12th, 2016

Ralph Nader, writing in The Guardian Angel for America’s Motorists, remembers: America’s motorists are less safe today with the passing of their Guardian Angel—engineer/lawyer Clarence Ditlow, the Director of the Center for Auto Safety. The generating force behind the recalls of millions of defective motor vehicles, Mr. Ditlow pressured the federal auto safety agency and […]

I’M A LARK AND I HATE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME…

November 8th, 2016

I’m a Lark, a person who is at his best before noon. I know that there are owls out there who can’t think straight before noon and so what I prefer is counter to their best interests, but I also think that we’re at our bests when our internal clocks actually synchronize with the natural […]

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