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Monday 13 March 2006

The Census Bureau estimates that as of the last week of February, world population exceeded 6.5 billion. They estimate also that the U.S. population will hit 300 million around November 25th. (Actually, they have a current estimate and a rate, which I used to compute a date. So check back in October to see how close this is.)

Monday 13 March 2006 13:34:16 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Politics#
We were in Boston on Saturday. The weather was perfect. So naturally I took a photo of the Massachusetts State House.
Monday 13 March 2006 07:45:42 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Weather#

Very interesting op-ed in today's New York Times: Slavoj Zizek calls athiests "Defenders of the Faith":

Fundamentalists do what they perceive as good deeds in order to fulfill God's will and to earn salvation; atheists do them simply because it is the right thing to do. Is this also not our most elementary experience of morality? When I do a good deed, I do so not with an eye toward gaining God's favor; I do it because if I did not, I could not look at myself in the mirror. A moral deed is by definition its own reward. David Hume, a believer, made this point in a very poignant way, when he wrote that the only way to show true respect for God is to act morally while ignoring God's existence.

Amayn.

Sunday 12 March 2006 20:01:47 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Politics#

My incredibly brave wife got into a Piper Warrior with me today, and we flew from Nashua to Portsmouth, N.H. I last flew in January 2005, also with Anne, so I was excited to get back into the cockpit.

Landing in variable 8-to-12 knot winds—variable, in this context, meaning direct crosswind to tailwind—was not the most fun I've ever had flying. But it was still tons o' fun, and we still got Anne home on time.

Sunday 12 March 2006 19:51:46 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Weather#
Friday 10 March 2006

I lost my ID case last week here in New Hampshire, and had Anne overnight my passport to me so I could go home. It turns out, I needn't have been so paranoid, as reported on Bruce Schneier's security blog:

According to the TSA, in the 9th Circuit Case of John Gilmore, you are allowed to fly without showing ID -- you'll just have to submit yourself to secondary screening.

Here's a link to the 9th Circuit decision (pdf).

Friday 10 March 2006 14:06:33 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Politics#
Frontal systems can be a lot of fun. A warm front passed through Southern New Hampshire today; see if you can spot when that happened.
Friday 10 March 2006 12:20:31 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Weather#
Thursday 9 March 2006

I'm not sure what Anne thinks, but as long as I'm commuting to New Hampshire, maybe we should get these Wi-Fi wine glasses:

Jackie Lee and Hyemin Chung, experts in human-computer interaction...have incorporated a variety of coloured LEDs, liquid sensors and wireless (GPRS or Wi-Fi) links into a pair of glass tumblers. When either person picks up a glass, red LEDs on their partner's glass glow gently. And when either puts the glass to their lips, sensors make white LEDs on the rim of the other glass glow brightly, so you can tell when your other half takes a sip. Following tests in separate labs, Lee says the wireless glasses really do "help people feel as if they are sharing a drinking experience together."

Awww...

Thursday 9 March 2006 13:36:52 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [1] | Software#
MSNBC is reporting today that thieves have stolen a batch of PINs from a retailer—PINs the retailer shouldn't have stored in the first place
Thursday 9 March 2006 08:55:52 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Politics | Software#
Wednesday 8 March 2006

Here's a hint: the problem is between chair and receiver.

Bruce Schneier linked today to this excellent essay on the unseen dangers of mobile phones:

About four seats away is a gentleman (on this occasion pronounced 'fool') with a BlackBerry mobile device and a very loud voice. He is obviously intent on selling a customer something and is briefing his team. It seems he is the leader as he defines the strategy and assigns each of his unseen team with specific tasks and roles.
Eventually, he starts to close down the conversation. Relief might be here at last! Oh no, he goes on to announce the conference number and the pass code - and say he will see them all on the conference call in a minute.
Wednesday 8 March 2006 15:11:16 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Software#
Tuesday 7 March 2006
My colleague Cameron Beatley sent me this handy comparison guide for programming languages.
Tuesday 7 March 2006 15:08:28 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Software#
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Saturday 4 March 2006 09:13:25 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Politics#
Friday 3 March 2006
Ah, the Peter Principle rears its ugly head once again, in its purest form. MSNBC is reporting that a Costa Mesa, Calif., middle school has suspended students for viewing a Web page. They're also trying to expel the student who put up the page.
Friday 3 March 2006 09:03:06 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [2] | Politics#
I just started reading The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery, which contains a fairly good overview of climate change and how we're making it happen. So, having started that book yesterday, I'm warmed (so to speak) by this morning's Washington Postarticle on the shrinking Antarctic ice sheet.
Friday 3 March 2006 07:43:38 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Politics | Weather#
Thursday 2 March 2006

Andy Borowitz today jokes about a hypothetical Bush visit to reality:

For Mr. Bush, the visit to reality, while brief, was still significant because it represented his first visit to the real world since being elected President in 2000.
"The President deserves a lot of credit for making this visit to reality," one aide said. "He doesn't have a natural constituency here."
Thursday 2 March 2006 06:59:56 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Politics#
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