Archive for the 'Maths, Science & Technology' Category

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

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 […]

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