Ragged Clown

It's just a shadow you're seeing that he's chasing…


Tag Archives: science

Nov
19
2011

Let’s go tickle some rats

I’ve always assumed that humans were the only animals to laugh and that the cute noises that dolphins and chimps and friends make are just coincidentally similar to human laughter. I might be wrong, if this finding, described at Animal … Continue reading

Jul
26
2011

Hacker’s Diet

I’ve been following John Walker’s Hacker’s Diet for about nine months now. I love the simplicity of it. “Anyone can control their weight. It’s a simple matter of balancing calories.” – John Walker Mr Walker’s book is a fun, simple … Continue reading

Jul
15
2010

Star-Strolling

After working much too late last night, I sat out on my newly-laid patio in my new Adirondack made from freshly-chopped-down, endangered, rain-forest hardwood wrapped in a scarcely-needed blanket with my daughter on my lap sipping rum and milk respectively. … Continue reading

Jan
26
2010

Why Darwin?

[Clearing out my drafts folder while I wait for my meeting to start and discovered this. Dunno if it’s any good or why I wrote it.] Splendid wrap up of the Darwin Anniversary last year in the London Review of … Continue reading

Jan
1
2010

Solar Flexus

I’ve wanted to write a physics engine for years and messing with Squeak made me want to try it in Flex. It wasn’t quite as easy as Squeak but it wasn’t too hard. (It probably needs flash 10 to work) … Continue reading

Dec
30
2009

My Drawing Table Squeaks

Took the kids to the Exploratorium today. It’s currently my favourite museum. Better even than OMSI (although they don’t serve beer at The Exploratorium. How come that hasn’t caught on outside Portland?)  I wish San Jose had a decent museum. … Continue reading

Nov
5
2009

Science is Weird

John Derbyshire’s cuts to the chase in his commentary on D’Souza’s new book. To judge from the extracts — and of course, if this is the kind of thing that interests you, you should read the whole book — D’Souza seems to … Continue reading

Nov
4
2009

Imaginary Science

Olivia Judson explains that science is not a succession of facts, facts facts and why Rosalind Franklin did not discover the structure of DNA. She had the data. Why didn’t she reach the solution? There are several answers to this; … Continue reading

Nov
3
2009

First, Kill All the Scientists

What should a government do if science shows that it’s policies are misguided? Why, fire the scientists of course! Professor Nutt was the British government’s chief advisor on the harm caused by illegal drugs and he wrote a paper showing … Continue reading