Sunday, October 31, 2004

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society

Ted's Caving Page

(kind of long, but interesting)

Thursday, October 28, 2004


I think it's funny how all the news articles about those ancient skeletons (homo floresiensis) found in Indonesia are referring to them as hobbits. :)-
It looks as though they might be able to extract some DNA because not all the bones have fossilized yet.

NASA's Cassini space mission had it's first Titan encounter (dozens more if the mission goes wel). Here's a false color image showing one of the large surface features (continent, ocean, mountain, or depression, we don't know yet). Also of note is the large cloud near the south pole. NASA's Astrobiology Magazine is reporting that this is not a methane cloud, as had been presumed (given most of it's atmosphere is methane). So then what is it? No one knows. Hopefully future encounters will help resolve this mystery. Link to Story Posted by Hello

Monday, October 25, 2004

Sox take 2-0 lead

Boston is half of the way to its first World Series victory in 86 years, despite committing 4 errors in each game. Is this a team of destiny or what?

Friday, October 22, 2004

Election predictions, anyone?

Anyone care to take a guess as to how the presidential election is going to turn out? I'll post my prediction as a comment so as not to influence your guesses.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

You knew it all along

Salon reports (subscription or ad-viewage required) that the Program on International Policy Attitudes issued a report showing that Bush supporters are significantly more clueless and less informed than Kerry supporters.

Great joke overheard today: What's the difference between the Vietnam War and the Iraq War? George W. Bush had a plan to get out of Vietnam.

Watch out, Boston,


Saskatoon has a new synchrotron! Here's some non-technical background information.

John Stewart goes too far?

Those of you who have watched "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, are familiar with one of its typical themes: making fun of the media. John Stewart (the host) recently appeared on Crossfire, and had some scathing comments about this. You can find a clip of the show here. It's an entertaining clip, but maybe he went too far when he made fun of Tucker's bow tie?

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Why I love Canada

Two more great reasons to love Canada:

Canada recently announced a budget surplus of $9.1 billion, making seven straight years of running a surplus. What's the biggest complaint of the opposition? The surplus was too large.

On the season premiere of the CBC's Rick Mercer's Monday Report, Canadian author Pierre Burton showed the public his technique for rolling marijuana cigarettes. (You can watch the video online from the previous link.) Can you imagine the outrage if a US broadcast network, much less one that's semi-public, broadcast a primetime segment of a helpful demonstration on proper joint rolling technique?

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Meta-Analysis of State Polls

While in Princeton, I head of an interesting meta-analysis of state polls for the presidentail election.

Meta-Analysis of State Polls

Friday, October 15, 2004

Much ado about nothing

On average, Hallowe'en falls on a Sunday one out of every seven years. Get over it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Yahoo! News - AP: Report Finds Lavish Spending at TSA

Evidently, the TSA is still having trouble dealing with the known unknowns. Doesn't exactly inspire trust for security at places like seaports, land borders, etc..

Yahoo! News - AP: Report Finds Lavish Spending at TSA

More Holes in Newark Airport security - Newark Star Ledger

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Google SMS

I've never understood people who wanted all sorts of features on their cell phone. But here's a pretty neat idea... You get get the results of google queries sent to your cell phone via sms. I can imagine checking on the address or phone number of a place I'm trying to get to. Or if I'm in a store and see an item on sale comparing that price to the price for the same item online via froogle. Anyway, if someone has ocassion to use it, I'd be interested in hearing how useful it proves.

Google SMS

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Unauthorized Cheney biography

The CBC's investigative documentary the fifth estate ran an eye-opening segment entitled The Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney. It detailed his systemic abuse of power and privilege from his days in Wyoming to the present. The website has most of the factual stuff, but the televised segment was damning in a way that a website can't accomplish -- think Michael Moore but with the CBC's higher fact-checking standards. If any of you have access to Canadian television or know someone who does, it will be rebroadcast Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Extreme weather update

I think we all might have guessed that the one of us most likely to sustain property damage due to severe weather would be Qian, who miraculously managed to stay on the good side of Charley, Frances, and Jeanne. But this afternoon we had three-inch hail here in Socorro. Instead of having four skylights, we now have four giant holes in our ceiling (and we had a mess of glass shards, rain, and hail inside). Our car windshield is cracked in many places, but I got pretty lucky compared to most of the cars in the NRAO Socorro parking lot. Many cars no longer had a windshield at all... or a rear windshield, or side windows.

All that ice might have been a beautiful sight if it weren't so destructive.

Beer + Caffeine + Ginseng = ?

Personally, I think caffeinated beer sounds kind of silly. I guess it might be better than lousy beer. And look, it's not low-carb! :)-

And it can also pivot so your palms don't have to be facing the floor. Posted by Hello

It pivots apart (there's a ball at socket joint at the top center and a release lever upper left). Posted by Hello

I was looking into getting one of those megaexpensive Kinesis evolution keyboards, when I discovered the "Goldtouch" keyboard. Unlike most "ergonomic" keyboards, it can actually pivot in two dimensions allowing for the keyboard to not lie flat on the desk. So far I've only been using it for a week, but it seems to be helping and it takes only a minimal ammount of time to get used to (the left alt key was the hardest part for me). And I got mine off ebay for over an order of magnitude less money than for the Kinesis evolution sells for.  Posted by Hello

Monday, October 04, 2004


SpaceShipOne won the X Prize!