Archive for the 'Science & Technology' Category

NON-TECTONIC EVENTS AND FRACKING…?

July 26th, 2014

2008 and (mouse over) 2014 USGS maps of peak ground acceleration for 2-percent probability of exceedance in 50 years and VS30 site condition of 760 meters per second. This morning I’m looking at the United States Geological Service’s report: Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps and the first […]

THE FCC WILL FENCE IN THE COMMONS…

July 16th, 2014

You can count on the big carriers – the Comcasts and the Verizons – to churn up a propaganda storm in coming months, supplementing their mega-million-dollar lobbying campaign in Washington. There will be the usual statements, which often turn out to be misleading or outright false, from official spokespeople. But watch out for the less […]

I’M GOOD TO GO…

July 15th, 2014

The ever vigilant guard dog Buster (right) knows that Welshmen will not yield! Germany ‘may revert to typewriters’ to counter hi-tech espionage

DAN GILMORE GOING UNDER THE RADAR…

July 6th, 2014

“We are seeing an increase in walled gardens created by giants like Facebook and Apple,” said one of 1,400 respondents in a depressing new survey from Pew on the future of online liberty. “Commercialization of the internet, paradoxically, is the biggest challenge to the growth of the internet.” To me, it feels deeply wrong to […]

GIVING CANCERS MEASLES…

June 25th, 2014

TMhe notion of using viruses to attack cancer has been around nearly as long as we’ve known about viruses themselves. But several roadblocks– viruses attacking patients’ immune systems, or, not effectively targeting tumors–have led to slow growth in this area of research. Until now. Earlier this month, a team led by Dr. Stephen Russell at […]

TODAY’S CHRISTIANISTS WOULD AGREE CHUCK..

June 24th, 2014

Down. Bromley Kent Thursday My dear Sir I must write to thank you for your last letter; I to tell you how much all your views and facts interest me. I must be allowed to put my own interpretation on what you say of “not being a good arranger of extended views” which is, that […]

WHAT GOOGLE GLASS USERS REALLY WANT…

June 21st, 2014

LARKS VS. OWLS…

June 17th, 2014

In your 20s it’s more acceptable to leave a party because you want to eat a kebab rather than because you want to go to bed. In fact, it’s better to be leaving a party to steal your neighbour’s Amazon deliveries than to admit to being too tired to stay out. Because going to bed […]

CLUTCHING AT MAGICAL THINKING STRAWS…

June 14th, 2014

Some Muslims will never speak of “converts” but only “reverts” because they believe that everyone is born a Muslim, even if some babies have this truth hidden from them by their parents who tell them they’re Christians or atheists. And there’s a style of atheist rhetoric that makes exactly the same point. To take two […]

MY, OUR, CHALLENGE…

June 11th, 2014

For my part, I went from about 250 lbs to about 170 in 2002/3, by eating a very low-carb diet. This morning, I weighed in at 176 lbs. I attribute my sustained weight loss to daily swimming (which I do for physiotherapy for chronic back pain) and a moderate-carb diet, as well as a two-day-a-week […]

YOUR CHANCE TO BE A THINKING LAB RAT…

June 5th, 2014

Gender is an endlessly complex subject. There are people who spend their entire lives attempting to understand and explain it. This is true even among those lucky languages speakers, I’ve been reminded, where “sex” and “gender” are separate words with intelligible histories that we can understand give them distinct meanings. [Note that here any points […]

DEBATE…? OF COURSE… DENY…? SUICIDAL…

June 5th, 2014

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PREPING FOR A SECOND SILENT SPRING…

May 27th, 2014

Via Pharyngula…

SCIENCE WINS, 97-TO-3…!

May 12th, 2014

There, that–along with the helio-centric solar system, the spherical Earth, evolution, gawd, &c.–is settled. Move along, we have more important debates to engage in. Hat tip to PZ Myers and Pharyngula…

PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY IS EVERYTHING…

May 5th, 2014

HAPPY VERNAL EQUINOX…!

April 20th, 2014

I attended a wonderful family wedding over the weekend and the Shaman officiating on Saturday made a point of saying that this was a wonderful time for a wedding because of the renewal of nature theme, the Easter, that had been celebrated by peoples around the world for more than five thousand years. His subtle […]

UPDATE TO NSA, GOOGLE, APPLE, ET AL…

March 21st, 2014

[Update, 0038, 21 March--Yes, the tech companies are colluding with the NSA, but they're doing their own spying as well.] Previously…

GEORGE ORWELL MISSED THIS BIT…

March 13th, 2014

FUNNY USE OF THE WORD GOOD

March 3rd, 2014

Yes, I know, friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks. But I’m stuck. There are only two places with wifi open at 6 a.m. on my way to work: McDonald’s and Starbucks, and this is the lesser of two evils. Oh how I miss my Phoenix.

JUST WHEN YOU THINK NOTHING IS THERE…

February 25th, 2014

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