When I was growing up I took a lot stupid actions. (I did even more as a young adult, but that’s another story.) My friends and I rode old car hoods down snowy hills, we touched moving trains, we swam across lakes in the deep woods, we swung across deep ravines on vines, we, well […]
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[Update at 1300 on 12 May: As is to be suspected, Mano Singham perfectly expands on Oliver’s piece in Misunderstanding and misrepresenting science. Originally published at 0300 on 9 May]
I never met Elanor Roosevelt. I trust that she was a wise woman who spoke and wrote much that arose from that wisdom. I’m confident, however, that she never said: Do one thing every day that scares you. I did meet Maggie Kuhn once while I was attending Ohio University and I am equally confident […]
[Update at 1307 on 12 May: As is to be suspected, Mano Singham perfectly expands on Oliver’s piece in Misunderstanding and misrepresenting science. THE DANGERS OF MORNING-SHOW SCIENCE…
Full disclosure, my comments on the Guardian were moderated for a very long time (more than two years I think) because I missed the rule that said linking back to Have Coffee Will Write in any comment I left was forbidden. Setting my personal experience aside, I feel for the Guardian’s Editor-In-Chief Katharine Viner. She […]
So, I finished reading Cal Newport’s Deep Work yesterday and now I’m going back through my notes (one of my students was shocked, shocked, I say, when she saw my stack of 65 notecards; she told me I had copied the whole book.) and I found a reference to a bit of productivity porn by […]
I’ll be buying a pie for my students this morning and presenting them with this puzzle. Can you solve the puzzle? Hint: you don’t need a calculator.
[Update at 0300 on 14 March: Lee Sedol takes Game Four from AlphaGo. Like Paul Newman running the table on Jackie Gleason, Google’s AI software AlphaGo has humiliated Go master Lee Sedol by winning three of three consecutive games in a best-of-five games match in Seoul. Game One, Game Two, Game Three and Game Four
Since I learned how to play Go a number of years ago I have told those interested that, unlike Chess, Go is a game that cannot be played at the highest levels by even a supercomputer. Google believes their computer program, Deep Mind, can. On Wednesday afternoon in the South Korean capital, Seoul, Lee Se-dol, […]
The poisons used to make Teflon are. I have a personal connection with this story. My youngest brother and his family lived downriver from the Dupont’s Washington Bottom plant on the Ohio River south of Parkersburg, West Virginia. (They’ve since moved up river to our hometown of Marietta, Ohio.) Teflon appears in our lives in […]
Will Bates of 350.org writes: Dear friend, It’s official: this week NASA confirmed that 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded. And it’s not just warmer weather that people have been feeling. The impacts of a climate being cooked by a reckless fossil fuel industry are being felt right around the world. From devastating flooding […]
So, media is frustrated because technology is thwarting their need to demand we watch their commercials and like the petulant children they are, they are resorting to holding their breath until they turn blue. Guess what, I don’t care. I don’t need to watch Larry Wilmore so badly that I’m willing to turn off ad […]
Damian Carrington, writing in 2015 smashes record for hottest year, final figures confirm for The Guardian ledes: 2015 smashed the record for the hottest year since reporting began in 1850, according to the first full-year figures from the world’s three principal temperature estimates. Data released on Wednesday by the UK Met Office shows the average […]
That which will kill us is not what we don’t know, but what we believe we know that is false.
Maybe this is why we continue to be so full of ourselves.