This evening I emerged from my philosophy class and turned on my cell phone to call back in to a meeting in California. Instead, I saw an unfamiliar message: No service: SOS only. What to do? I decided to join Dan Dennett and others in attending a talk and book-signing by Irshad Manji, the author…Read More Serendipity: Irshad Manji
Many, many Sun employees are now working from their homes in every corner of the USA world. Many have chosen to live in low-tax states. How is this New York ruling (reported in Slashdot) going to affect this? Will Alaskan telecommuters wind up paying California income taxes if their VPN connections terminate in Menlo Park?…Read More What does this mean for iWork?
I just submitted my first written coursework since – oh, I don’t know, 1974? – for my PhilOfMind course at Tufts. The format was a dialogue between three philosophers on a particular topic. The choices were limited: I couldn’t simply pick any philosophers and any topic. I chose Fodor, Millikan and Paul Churchland on mental…Read More Playing it safe
In his weekly opinion piece for the BBC, the British political commentator (and ex-Labour MP) Brian Walden wrote: “Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, wrote something recently that chilled me to the bone. Sir Martin is the winner of the Michael Faraday Prize awarded annually by the Royal Society for excellence in communicating scientific ideas…Read More Getting a sense of perspective
I spent several hours on Saturday replacing the CPU fan on my wife’s computer. The old one had started making a noise like a vacuum cleaner that you could hear all over the house. It’s an middle-of-the-road PC, a bland eMachines box with a ~900MHz Celeron. We talked about replacing it with a Mac Mini,…Read More The dirty little secret of the computer biz
The first episode of the new Doctor Who series just aired in the UK. Reports from colleagues such as Chris and Dave are positive. So why are we in the US having to wait? From the BBC’s FAQ: Q. Will the new series be aired outside the UK? A. So far, we only have confirmation…Read More Oi! US TV!! We want our Doctor Who!!!
Over in ongoing · Java, the Grid, and Rio, Tim was “thinking about how you’d run a big distributed Java system as a service across a whole lot of networked computers”. Dan Templeton pointed him at Rio, and I followed up with a link to the papers from last December’s Jini Community Meeting in London.…Read More Tim, Rio, Jini, Rob
In a series of pieces in Balkinization, Professor Jack Balkin of Yale Law School goes into detail on the constitutional aspects of the Schiavo case. But his closing words on one particular entry were particularly acute: “Finally, the Congressional Republicans’ moves also suggest that if Roe v. Wade were overturned, the matter would not be…Read More Balkin on the lessons to be learned from the Schiavo case
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Merry complained that I’m always blogging about unpleasant things – why can’t I blog about something nice? How about the crumb test dummy? I think that qualifies. Now, how do I get my hands on some of those McVitie’s Milk Chocolate and Orange Digestives?Read More Crumbs!