Archive for the 'Maths, Science & Technology' Category

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 […]

THIS MAY BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END…

October 22nd, 2016

That was how Bob Greene finished a piece more than 30 years ago in the 6 March 1985 issue edition of The Chicago Tribune under the headline: Portable Phone Tolls For Thee, America. That fall, in a longer piece for his American Beat column in Esquire, Greene reached another (I paraphrase here because the text […]

[UPDATED] MAKING THE CASE FOR BEING BORED…

October 20th, 2016

I found this podcast series via James Hamblin’s video for The Atlantic titled: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone that features Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi and artist Nina Katchadourian. (Katchadourian was one of Walter Mischel subjects in the marshmallow study.) I was taken by her exercise for creating a state […]

COULD I BE AS BRAVE AS ANDREW SULLIVAN…?

September 21st, 2016

I launched Have Coffee Will Write, the blog, on Tuesday, 9 November 2004 with LEARNING FROM HISTORY… The Republican ’20s (you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of page, this was before permalinks). A dozen years later I may be tired of all the glamor and ready to move on. Cal Newport makes the case […]

JUST WAIT UNTIL THEY HIT CALCULUS…

September 5th, 2016

I didn’t either.

DID CLEVELAND BUY THESE FOR THE RNC SHOW…?

September 3rd, 2016

For hosting the Republican National Convention, Cleveland received $50 million (as did Philadelphia for hosting the Democratic National Convention) from the federal coffers for the purposes of providing security during the convention. Setting aside why $100 million in tax payer dollars went to funding two private freak shows parties we have to ask where all […]

HELMETS ARE WERE FOR SISSIES…

August 26th, 2016

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 […]

RULE NO. 1: NEVER TRUST YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW…

June 13th, 2016

DON’T MAKE WAVES, BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY…

May 16th, 2016

UPDATE: …DANGERS OF MORNING-SHOW SCIENCE…

May 12th, 2016

[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]

LISTEN TO ELANOR, MAGGIE AND MARGARET…

May 10th, 2016

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 […]

THE DANGERS OF MORNING-SHOW SCIENCE…

May 9th, 2016

[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…

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

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