Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The Cigarette Camps: U. S. Army Camps in the Le Havre Area -- Introduction: "Introduction: The Cigarette Camps"
Monday, December 29, 2008
"Joycelyn K. Moody, the Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio, said that what most troubled her about the responses was that women reported feeling shame about their interest and success in teaching. Women should be feeling pride in their success as teachers, she said, but are “perceiving themselves as performing below expectations,” because they aren’t doing more research. It’s time to “dismantle those institutional values,” Moody said, so that the shame disappears."
Thursday, December 25, 2008
A close reading reveals that for union leaders like Ms. Weingarten, the only acceptable 'cuts' are not cuts at all, but rather reductions in the rate of increase for public spending. She is willing, in effect, to receive a reduced bonus this year, but not the cut in pay or benefits that would constitute shared sacrifice in a financial crisis."
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
The picture at this link is the first I have seen that starts to capture what a Christmas tree looks like to me when I don' have my glasses on. For years, I have enjoyed sitting with my glasses off and staring at the tree after it is decorated. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The only difference between this picture and what I see is that I don't see a smooth circle. Instead I see a pattern of lighter and darker in each circle. Note that each light circle is the same size, regardless of how obscured some of it may be. If it is mostly obscured, it appears not as bright, but it exactly the same size and has the same pattern in it.
One of the few joys of wearing glasses.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
After installing a GEAR Software or a GEARWorks GEAR Powered Product (such as Apple iTunes and Norton Ghost) on Vista, the CD/DVD drives disappear in Windows Explorer and the installed software is unable to detect any CD/DVD drives on the system"
Thursday, December 04, 2008
"Without an established governance plan and policy, the original author and
support organization may not even know this 'use' of their software is
happening. This can lead to a lawless environment where: 1.) Increased volume
may cause a jump in users from hundreds to thousands overnight. Servers or
networks being used for this process may not be able to handle the load; 2)
Contrarily a service is created but 'no one comes' to re-use it because there is
no established procedure about how to communicate service availability within
the enterprise; 3) Finally, it is easy for a developer to read a service
definition and create a sample request message in minutes. In a SOA world, the
data travels on the wire in the clear and even has tags identifying each and
every data element. Ease of access to SOA services raises an important issue of
security policies and SOA governance.
So without a well-thought out governance plan SOA can seem like the lawless Wild, Wild West."
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Obama's small donor base image is a myth, new study reveals | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times:
"Everybody knows how President-elect Barack Obama's amazing campaign money machine was dominated by several million regular folks sending in hard-earned amounts under $200, a real sign of his broadbased grassroots support.
Except, it turns out, that's not really true.
In fact, Obama's base of small donors was almost exactly the same percent as George W. Bush's in 2004 -- Obama had 26% and the great Republican satan 25%. Obviously, this is unacceptable to current popular thinking."
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Official Google Blog: Sorting 1PB with MapReduce: "We are excited to announce we were able to sort 1TB (stored on the Google File System as 10 billion 100-byte records in uncompressed text files) on 1,000 computers in 68 seconds. By comparison, the previous 1TB sorting record is 209 seconds on 910 computers.
Sometimes you need to sort more than a terabyte, so we were curious to find out what happens when you sort more and gave one petabyte (PB) a try. One petabyte is a thousand terabytes, or, to put this amount in perspective, it is 12 times the amount of archived web data in the U.S. Library of Congress as of May 2008. In comparison, consider that the aggregate size of data processed by all instances of MapReduce at Google was on average 20PB per day in January 2008."
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
David Heymann of the World Health Organization reminds us, 'When you haven't seen a disease for quite a while, which is the case in the industrialized countries, you forget about the terrible disease that it really is.' Polio is such a disease, as it can ruin the lives of children even before they are old enough to understand how to prevent it."
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Beloit College Mindset List
- Andy Warhol, Liberace, Jackie Gleason, and Lee Marvin have always been dead.
- They don't remember when "cut and paste" involved scissors.
- Heart-lung transplants have always been possible.
- Wayne Gretzky never played for Edmonton.
- Boston has been working on the "The Big Dig" all their lives.
- With little need to practice, most of them do not know how to tie a tie.
- Pay-Per-View television has always been an option.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
That's the upshot of a new study that finds you have a 70 percent lower chance of dying at a facility that is top-ranked by HealthGrades compared to its lowest-ranked ones across 17 procedures and conditions that were the reasons for the hospital visits.
More than half of the Medicare patient deaths were associated with four conditions: sepsis (a systemic response to infection), pneumonia, heart failure and respiratory failure."
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need–the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.
I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application."
By Brooke Borel Posted 11.11.2008 at 10:25 am 4 Comments
As early as next year, if you are one of a lucky few, you may find yourself strapped in a six-passenger rocket some 50,000 feet above the Earth’s surface, bracing yourself as it disengages from the specially designed jet plane mothership, and shoots cannon-like 60 miles up into suborbital space at three times the speed of sound. If all goes well, you'll then get to unbuckle and float in zero gravity for a full fifteen minutes, spying on the earth’s curvature, all of North America and the Pacific Ocean."
Right to work - Megan McArdle: "I understand that this is not what the auto workers want; they want their jobs. But while I am happy to help the auto workers, I am not happy to help them manufacture undesireable cars at massive social cost. I too, would have liked to keep my job as a management consultant. But I didn't have a right to have the job I wanted merely because I liked it. And it wouldn't have been good for America if I had."
Tor publishes between 110 and 120 new original titles each year, routinely topping the science fiction bestseller list compiled by the industry magazine Locus. For 20 years running, it also has won the highly respected Locus Award for the best science fiction publishing house. This year Tor earned yet another distinction when its authors claimed all five finalist spots for the Prometheus Award, the annual prize for best science fiction novel of the year handed out by the Libertarian Futurist Society.
So is this the most successful libertarian propaganda venture in modern history? Publisher and founder Tom Doherty denies any ideological agenda. “First comes the story,” he says. His only stated goal is to “do a story in a way that’s honest.”"
MormonTimes - Heroes and victims in Prop. 8 struggle: "Many people worked to pass Proposition 8 in California. Those who wish to be our enemies are working hard to blame it all on the Mormons, but our votes alone could never have done the job of protecting marriage from a fatal redefinition."
Thursday, November 13, 2008
"Automatic-tracking software programs were introduced more than a decade ago to
help hospitals prevent infant abductions. Now, institutions are putting
electronic tags on all sorts of things, from EKG monitors and ventilators so
they can readily be located in an emergency, to surgical sponges so they don't
get sewn up inside a patient. Some hospitals have begun tagging arriving
patients to help cut waiting times in emergency rooms. Some have also begun
tracking employees to help supervisors move them to understaffed areas."
Saturday, November 08, 2008
His is a story from the back pages of history. A figure in the tiniest of print. The man in the kitchen.
He was there while America's racial history was being remade: Brown v. Board of Education, the Little Rock school crisis, the 1963 March on Washington, the cities burning, the civil rights bills, the assassinations.
When he started at the White House in 1952, he couldn't even use the public restrooms when he ventured back to his native Virginia. 'We had never had anything,' Allen, 89, recalls of black America at the time. 'I was always hoping things would get better.'"
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Do you have a personal account with Amazon where you enter in your credit card information?
Has your business done Web advertising through Google?
It's funny that I can't remember the last major data breach either of those companies have had as a trusted vendor in the consumer space. So tell me, why would they fail to extend the same security policies to enterprise data if you entrusted it to them? Would that be good business for them?"
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
If you want to redeem your honor, you will swallow hard and make a list of all the stories you would print if it were McCain who had been getting money from Fannie Mae, McCain whose campaign had consulted with its discredited former CEO, McCain who had voted against tightening its lending practices."
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Let’s all face it. We live in the meteorological dead zone of the Pacific Northwest, where overcast days outnumber sun-dress sightings by about 300 to 1. All too often, when the clocks roll back, I tool along behind other cars in heavy traffic under a light drizzle. And I watch with envy as that same Beemer-guy rides past me in the HOV; all toasty and dry in full rain gear and heated vest and gloves, I feel like a wimp."
Prometheus Demonstrates Solar-Powered Electric Motorcycle : CleanTechnica: "This past weekend, Prometheus Solar founder Jim Corning demonstrated his proof-of-concept electric motorcycle at the Santa Monica AltCar Expo. The motorcycle is a reconstructed Ninja 250 that uses four solar panels which provide 800 watts of power."
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The device comes with a six-month subscription to the BeInSync backup
service and two years of BoomerangIt's lost-and-found service.
January 2, 2008 04:41 PM
(NSDQ: SNDK) on Wednesday introduced a USB flash drive with automatic online
backup, so files can be recovered from any Internet-connected computer if the
drive is lost, forgotten, or stolen.
The Cruzer Titanium Plus is SanDisk's
first USB drive with backup capabilities. The 4-Gbyte device will be featured at
the International Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.
The Cruzer Plus comes with a six-month subscription to the BeInSync backup
service at no additional charge. After opening a personal, password-protected
account, any files copied to the drive from a computer are automatically backed
up online. If the computer is offline, then the files will be backed up the next
time the drive is plugged into an Internet-connected machine."
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
"'I've been a software engineer for just over 10 years, and I've seen a lot of different styles of logging in the applications I've worked on. Some were extremely verbose — about 1 logging line for every 2 lines of code. Others were very lacking, with maybe 1 line in 200 devoted to logging. I personally find that writing debug and informational messages about every 2 to 5 lines works well for debugging an issue, but can become cumbersome when reading through a log for analysis. I like to write warning messages when thresholds or limits are being approached — these tend to be infrequent. I log errors whenever I catch one (but I've never put a 'fatal' message in my code, because if it's truly a fatal error I probably didn't catch it). Recently I came across log4j and log4net and have begun using them both. That brings me to my question: how do the coders on Slashdot handle logging in their code?'"
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
good resource for medical stuff. The videos are supposed to be pretty good.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Krissy: That's a fairly interesting question. What's the purpose here?
Me: I put taping bacon to the cat on a list of things I said I was going to do today and people seemed to be skeptical.
Krissy: You said you were going to tape bacon to the cat on the Whatever.
Krissy (audible sigh): Since you are going to do it, and take a picture of it, all I ask is that you take the bacon off right after. All right?
Krissy: You're a strange, strange, strange man."
Monday, July 07, 2008
Hmmmm...how could we be removing something that wasn't there? There weren't any WMD in Iraq, right?
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Pearls Before Breakfast - washingtonpost.com: "HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L'ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET. By most measures, he was nondescript: a youngish white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. From a small case, he removed a violin. Placing the open case at his feet, he shrewdly threw in a few dollars and pocket change as seed money, swiveled it to face pedestrian traffic, and began to play."
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Edheads - Virtual Knee Surgery - Total Knee Replacement - TKR
Monday, June 16, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
KID CAN DO IT ALL ON ONE LEG: "Adam Bender slips a chest protector over his Astros jersey, buckles a shinguard to his right leg, positions a mask atop his head, grabs his catcher's mitt and hops out of the dugout.
Adam has his game face on. Or at least what passes as a game face for an 8-year-old. His eyes are serious. His freckled nose is crinkled with determination.
It is a cool, breezy Saturday morning at Veterans Park, which is already buzzing with activity. Baseball games are being played on three diamonds within a pop-up of each other. Parents are clustered in and around the stands, chatting and cheering. Players of all ages, wearing uniforms or team T-shirts, swarm the place.
Hardly anybody gives a second glance to the catcher in the Southeastern rookie league deftly playing on one leg."
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Animator vs. Animation by *alanbecker on deviantART: "An animator faces his own animation in deadly combat. The battlefield? The Flash interface itself.
A stick figure is created by an animator with the intent to torture. The stick figure drawn by the animator will be using everything he can find - the brush tool, the eraser tool - to get back at his tormentor. It's resourcefulness versus power. Who will win? You can find out yourself.
-- This took three long months.. i think it's worth it."
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Amazon.com: Midland GXT710VP3 22-Channel 26-Mile GMRS 2-Way Radio (Pair): Electronics
Amazon.com: Midland AVPH2 Closed Face Helment Headset for Midland GMRS: Electronics
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Teen is running out of innings, but the game still isn't over: "Teen is running out of innings, but the game still isn't over"
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
LeaveMeAloneBox Video: "Here's a short Video of the Ultimate Machine doing its thing. Notice that once the box top is open, if you continue to flip the switch, the hand follows to flip the switch off."
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
-- (5 years ago) Crazy Talk!
-- (now) That's pretty cool!
-- (5 years from now) Yeah so? My Pc does that.
Kai-Fu Lee on Cloud Computing: "6. Programmable. 'For fault tolerance, Google uses GFS or distributed disk storage. Every piece of data is replicated three times. If one machine dies, a master redistributes the data to a new server. There are around 200 clusters (some with over 5 PB of disk space on 500 machines). The Big Table is used for distributed memory. The largest cells in the Big Table are 700 TB, spread over 2000 machines. MapReduce is the solution for new programming paradigms. It cuts a trillion records into a thousand parts on a thousand machines. Each machine will then load a billion records and will run the same program over these records, and then the results are recombined. While in 2005, there were some 72,000 jobs being run on MapReduce, in 2007, there were two million jobs (use seems to be increasing exponentially).'"
Monday, April 07, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
The Stock Market Surged Yesterday Because Why? - Freakonomics - Opinion - New York Times Blog: "I may be wrong, but it strikes me that the articles that appear in nearly every newspaper every day that describe a particular day’s stock-market movements are pretty much worthless."
Monday, March 24, 2008
"Though you might after watching this video. I am not a huge fan of Five For Fighting (though it’s a great name) but John Ondrasik just gets it. He knows who the good guys are and who the bad guys are and isn’t afraid to stay it. Sadly, that’s not a very common trait among today’s purveyors of pop culture."
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Pretty cool video about a 4 legged balancing robot.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Interesting little video camera that focuses on simplicity and few features.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
"Nearly 16 years ago in these very pages, I wrote that ''one-size-fits all' rules for business ignore the reality of the market place.' Today I'm watching some broad rules evolve on individual decisions that are even worse.
Under the guise of protecting us from ourselves, the right and the left are becoming ever more aggressive in regulating behavior. Much paternalist scrutiny has recently centered on personal economics, including calls to regulate subprime mortgages."
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
There are a number of other qualities similar to trust that are difficult to copy, and thus become valuable in this network economy. I think the best way to examine them is not from the eye of the producer, manufacturer, or creator, but from the eye of the user. We can start with a simple user question: why would we ever pay for anything that we could get for free? When anyone buys a version of something they could get for free, what are they purchasing?
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Geldof and Bush: Diary From the Road - TIME
The Most Powerful Man in the World studied the front cover. Geldof in Africa — " 'The international best seller.' You write that bit yourself?"
"That's right. It's called marketing. Something you obviously have no clue about or else I wouldn't have to be here telling people your Africa story."
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Park Square Theatre : 2007/2008 Season : Well by Lisa Kron
All Lisa Kron wants to do is put on a nice, orderly play about her family and how she got cured of allergies. But her mother—who’s watching the play from her onstage La-Z-Boy—has her own agenda. Interrupting to correct Lisa, make friends with the actors, and feed snacks to the audience, she steals the show. This 2006 Broadway hit, a New York Times "Top Ten Pick," is a touching and utterly original comedy for anyone who has ever had a mother.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
SilverBack's Gorilla - His Ride
My 2002 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic, plus some blings and things
& My Constant Companion and Mascot, "SilverBack, Two"
Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Final Thoughts on the Evolution towards a Knowledge Economy
In the last two weeks I have been writing about my feeling that 2008 might be a key year in the transition to an IT-based knowledge economy. In the first post, I focused on the emergence of the advanced technology platforms needed to deliver a diverse set of information-rich services to a very large number of people. In the subsequent post I wrote about the critical importance for a business to stand out and differentiate itself from competitors by providing consistent, first-rate customer service and thus building a loyal customer base.
In my third and final post on the subject, I want to focus on business values - in particular, on the critical importance of trust, responsibility and accountability in our increasingly integrated, global knowledge economy.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Travel Safely: Create your own DIY first aid kit for the road - Gadling
The first kit that should be the basis of all the others is the "Basic Travel Kit" set forth below. It will be highly customizable depending on the health needs of the travelers, length of travel, and destination. This is the kit that is ideal to bring on a trip through larger, developed cities and towns where advanced medical care is easily found and re-supply of medicine is possible.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Fortunately, making it easy for job growth is predominantly one of getting the hell out of the way (regulations, taxes) and figuring out how to advertise the strengths of the citizens to potential businesses.
More businesses/jobs means more tax dollars which means more money for social programs. Grow the tax base by more businesses, not by raising business taxes.
The Corner on National Review Online
In today’s innovative high-tech world economy, where the global spread of free-market capitalism is the single biggest growth factor, saying “the entrepreneur is no longer king” is just plain wrong. New technologies and new companies are springing up everywhere, and it is precisely this Schumpeterian process that is the single-biggest driver of jobs, incomes, prosperity, and wealth creation.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
How to Make IT Allocations Work - CIO.com - Business Technology Leadership
"Allocations are killing us," a CIO friend recently said to me.