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Leaving Quora

Posted on 08/14/2017 in Meta, Science, Software Development, Technology, Writing
Quora recently changed the site in some heinous ways. They removed the details from all questions, because they’re trying to make sure that there’s only one “canonical question” you can search for an answer to. Unfortunately this destroys nuance – … More…

Laws of the Universe: Gallagher’s Law

Posted on 12/08/2009 in Humor, Science
Gallagher’s Law: If a demonstration can go wrong so that the first three rows of the audience will be splattered with something, it will. Note that the amount it will go wrong is proportional to how difficult it will be … More…

Why Evolution Just Makes Sense

Posted on 03/03/2009 in Science
A lot of Intelligent Design proponents believe that cells are too complex to have arisen randomly. They point to the micro-machines of the organelles and say that there is no way this could happen randomly. This is a total fallacy. … More…

Super Cool Universe Sandbox Simulator

Posted on 06/30/2008 in Science
Digg this up and give the author some love: http://digg.com/pc_games/Fantastic_Universe_Simulator (and by the way, there’s a video linked from the Digg article, so check that out too). It’s a pretty amazing project… everything is controllable via a WiiMote. I’ve seen … More…

A Call for the Open Publication of Scientific Papers

Posted on 01/12/2008 in Medicine, Science
Science has a long institution of collaboration; ideas flourish and multiple when they’re shared, and that creates progress. Until the 1990s, the only way to readily share that information was via published journals; an expensive, slow way of sharing information … More…

More on the Auroras…

Posted on 11/08/2004 in Science
The Seattle Times has some beautiful pictures of the Aurora Borealis from last night. I’m guessing that this is what the Vikings thought was the rainbow bridge from Midgard (the lands of men) to Asgard (the lands of the Gods). … More…

But Aurora’s in Seattle!

Posted on 11/08/2004 in Science
Sure… the street is in Seattle. But the real thing is currently hanging over Redmond like a huge luminescent dancing carpet of fun. This is quite literally the first time in my life that I’ve ever seen the Aurora Borealis. … More…