Monthly Archives: January 2006

Surprise of the day

According to this blog post, I’m a Republican!

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Great analysis of Steve Jobs’ graphics in his Macworld keynote

Check it out. Take home message: More glitz = less message.

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So we didn’t just kill innocent civilians…

… apparently the recent attack in Pakistan also killed a few high-profile Al Qaeda members. Yet they’re still protesting in anger in Islamabad. Just a thought — what if we hadn’t invaded Iraq? Would this sort of “collateral damage” in … Continue reading

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A Crack in the Edge of the World

I’ve now finished reading Simon Winchester’s book A Crack in the Edge of the World, and I have to say, I’m still rather divided about it. On the one hand, it’s a beautiful book, elegantly presented and well-written. On the … Continue reading

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Is a blogger “just a writer”?

Simon Dumenco’s latest post at AdAge.com offers a provocative title: A blogger is just a writer with a cooler name. Leaving aside the “cooler” question (I happen to like thinking of myself as a writer, thankyouverymuch [which may prove Dumenco’s … Continue reading

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“Podcast” of “Small Journeys” (continued) (finally!)

I know, I know, it’s taken me forever to make the podcast of Chapter 1 of Small Journeys. I had promised three chapters (plus the Prologue) at a rate of a chapter a week, but here it is, over a … Continue reading

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ScienceBlogs so far

I’ve been officially blogging on ScienceBlogs for three days now, and I wanted to give my first impressions. First off, this is an amazing collection of science writers. I’m familiar with most of them from their previous blogs, but having … Continue reading

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Who knew Alito had such feelings for the Pope?

Here’s a laugh-out-loud newspaper error. Just read it. Read the whole thing.

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Alex Tew: Not quite as rich as we thought

The final pixels on the Million Dollar Home Page were sold for a mere $38,100. Though that’s an awful lot of dough for an eensy-weensy ad, it’s not even close to the $160K that the bidding had risen to. I … Continue reading

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2005 Cities meme

Following Jason Kottke’s lead, here’s my list for 2005: Snowshoe Mtn, WV* (not really a city, but hey…) Atlanta, GA* Cherokee, NC Las Vegas, NV* Bullfrog, UT Monument Valley, AZ Kanab, UT Primm, NV Anaheim, CA* Los Angeles, CA* Santa … Continue reading

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Tripping the cord inelastic

Poll: Have you ever accidentally had your Laptop get pulled off a table by tripping over the power cable? As of this writing, nearly 40 percent say “yes.” I guess the MacBook’s new magnetic quick-release cord is a good idea, … Continue reading

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Goin’ Pro

I had hinted a couple days ago that I was about to become a professional blogger. Now I am one. Well, technically, I’m a professional co-blogger: Greta and I have signed on with Science Blogs and we’ve moved Cognitive Daily … Continue reading

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Blogs and books

There’s an interesting discussion going on over at if:book about Amazon Author blogs. (Actually, it’s a rather short discussion, but I think the commenter Bowerbird brings up some thought-provoking points in her/his two posts.) It’s always been fascinating to me … Continue reading

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$160,000? Are you kidding me?

I’ve always been a fan of the Million Dollar Home Page. This guy is damned lucky, but he’s also damned smart. He’s sold 999,000 pixels of his web page for $1 per pixel. He didn’t take home that much, though … Continue reading

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Four things meme

Okay, I’m waiting for TiVo to record enough of the Tampa/Washington playoff game so I can watch it commercial free. Just enough time for a meme, courtesy of Michael Bérubé. Four Jobs You’ve Had 1. Paper boy 2. Dishwasher 3. … Continue reading

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In case you haven’t had a good cry lately …

… here’s some spilt milk for you.

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Update your copyrights?

Eric Giguere reminds us to update our copyright notices for the new year. It’s 2006, so you wouldn’t want your great-great-grandniece to be cheated out of an extra year of royalties from today’s blog post, 70 years after you die … Continue reading

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A Crack in the Edge of the World — Halfway

I’ve been blogging about Simon Winchester’s book A Crack in the Edge of the World for a week or so now. If you’re late joining this party, you can read my earlier posts here and here. Now that I’m at … Continue reading

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The end of an era?

Asheron’s Call 2, the only violent video game demonstrated not to cause aggressive real-world behavior, has been shut down. (via kottke)

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“What was your high school _____ class like?”

P.Z. Myers has a great post about high school biology teachers, and how uniformly awful they seemed to be, and what a better experience most people have in college. I, by contrast, had exceptional biology teachers in high school: Craig … Continue reading

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