Archive for the 'Maths, Science & Technology' Category

The Web We The Guardian Wants…

April 23rd, 2016

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 […]

LEAD POISONING IS NOT JUST FLINT, MICHIGAN…

April 18th, 2016

FIVE EMAILS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER…

March 29th, 2016

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 […]

HAPPY PI (3.1416, ROUNDED TO 4 DECIMALS) DAY…!

March 14th, 2016

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.

ALPHAGO RUNS GO BOARD ON LEE SEDOL [NEW]…

March 14th, 2016

[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

A GOOGLE/DEEP MIND WIN WILL BE HUGE…

March 9th, 2016

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, […]

TEFLON ISN’T THE PROBLEM…

March 4th, 2016

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 […]

AN UNTESTED HYPOTHESIS IS WASTED…

February 17th, 2016

Previously…

THIS IS CALLED GRAVITY…

January 28th, 2016

TIME NOW TO BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS…

January 23rd, 2016

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 […]

PATHETIC, SIMPLY PATHETIC…

January 22nd, 2016

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 […]

2015 WAS THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD…

January 21st, 2016

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 […]

THE WAY SCIENCE WORKS…

January 20th, 2016

That which will kill us is not what we don’t know, but what we believe we know that is false.

IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY, ONLY 24 MEN HAVE…

December 14th, 2015

Maybe this is why we continue to be so full of ourselves.

PLAYING CHICKEN WITH OUR ONLY PLANET…

November 7th, 2015

The essay below also appears today in the North Royalton edition of The Post. We cannot sanely burn the carbon reserves—oil, natural gas and coal—now on the corporate books. What is this bizarre reality where we waste hundreds of millions of dollars searching for more? One driven by greed so strong that the people responsible […]

I LOVE ME SOME CRINKYDINKS…

September 26th, 2015

Yet another reason to not drive Adolf Hitler’s people’s car.

WARNING: ADOBE FLASH PLAYER UNSAFE…

July 14th, 2015

This morning I got the warning that Adobe Flash Player was unsafe. I did a little checking and found: Mozilla has added all versions of Adobe Flash up to the most recent version 18.0.0.203 to the Firefox blocklist. Security researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in recent versions of Adobe Flash that have not been patched yet […]

HOW TO INFLATE A CONCRETE SHELTER…

June 1st, 2015

Behind my grandparents’ home on Front Street in Marietta, Ohio, between the garden and and the Marietta Boat Club on the bank of the Muskingum River, was a concrete boat. Not a boat for hauling concrete, but a boat made from concrete. I’m not sure how the relic from WW II came to be there, […]

FREAKIN’ AMAZING AT 1,962 FEET…!

April 15th, 2015

At 598 meters (1,962 ft) below the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, ROV Hercules encountered a magnificent sperm whale. The whale circled Hercules several times and gave our cameras the chance to capture some incredible footage of this beautiful creature. Encounters between sperm whales and ROVs are incredibly rare. E/V Nautilus is […]

WHAT WILL I DO…?

March 14th, 2015

The alarm bells of the climate crisis have been ringing in our ears for years and are getting louder all the time – yet humanity has failed to change course. What is wrong with us? Many answers to that question have been offered, ranging from the extreme difficulty of getting all the governments in the […]

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