Monthly Archives: May 2003

Greedy Web gets lazy too

“This idea”:http://www.darwinwars.com/lunatic/movabletype/archives/000585.html#000585 might be going somewhere — I don’t know. But “Danny O’Brien,”:http://www.oblomovka.com at least, wrote back as if he thought it had some merit: Pay me $50, and I’ll do it. Seriously: it’s a great idea, and while similiar … Continue reading Continue reading

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Zing

bq. President Bush, of course, is not a junior reporter for the New York Times. So maybe it doesn’t matter if he makes up stories and puts them in the newspaper. After Ronald Reagan, it’s almost a presidential tradition. Michael … Continue reading Continue reading

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Global Fame

In case anyone has wandered over from the Guardian‘s site, I thought I’d put on something to reward them: a quote from Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas, on the crippling effect of oil price rises on the state: … Continue reading Continue reading

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The public misunderstanding of science

There’s a “survey”:http://www.umich.edu/news/Releases/2003/May03/r051303.html out from the University of Michiagan, showing that the American public actually understands less about genes and gene therapy than it did in 1990. Actually, what the headline says, nicely illustrating its own point, is that the … Continue reading Continue reading

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The greedy web

Ben “Hammersley”:http://www.benhammersley.com invented the lazy web, a way of asking people if they’ve already solved your problem. It’s flashy, and seems to work for a “small”:http://www.ambiguous.org/gallery/album03/ada_perl1 subset of “highly connected geeks”:http://www.oblomovka.com/entries/2003/03/01#1046573160 but it’s never going to solve the real problem … Continue reading Continue reading

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cognitive feudalism

I heven’t yet reread, with laptop to hand, Pascal Boyer, though I know that I will. It is one of those books that requires innocent (at least not guilty) contemplation; but the idea that has stuck with me as I … Continue reading Continue reading

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Monday Morning

News over the weekend: someone in Paignton has actually supplied six monkeys with “typewriters”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,952227,00.html, to see how much and of which authors they’d produce. they got bored — the scientists that is — and stopped after six weeks, but not … Continue reading Continue reading

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trusted serial killers

Well, a different war this time. The _Guardian’s_ coverage of the Stakeknife affair has given me the best belly laugh in weeks. ??However, if one of Gerry Adams’ trusted friends is indeed proved to be not only a tout but … Continue reading Continue reading

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Stupid IE tricks

This will “only work”:http://www.rosedarling.org/heehee.html if you are using IE, but it is only fun if you’re not. If you want to know how it works, or what it does, press “more”. Continue reading

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Error Message

This just appeared in my inbox: Dear Andrew Brown, A friend has just sent me your review of _Nature via Nurture_, in the April 20th _Mail on Sunday_. I am the daughter B F Skinner put in a box, but … Continue reading Continue reading

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