May 2005

Picked up from soldiergrrrl (via Terry): THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:1. Geoff2. Geoffrey (only my mother and the tax man)3. ???THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:1. geoff_arnold2. seat2a3. off_baseTHREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:1. My hands2. My hair3. My good health (tempting fate, but still)THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU DON’T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:1. Overweight2. Collar…

Read More New blogmeme – "three X's"

So this is what they’re getting up to at my alma mater, as reported in Linuxdevices: “Researchers at the University of Essex are using Linux and tiny embedded computer modules to build fleets of unmanned aircraft that fly in flocking formations like birds, while performing parallel, distributed computing tasks using Bluetooth-connected Linux clustering software.” Check…

Read More "Cluster" is so yesterday: try "flock". Literally

From today’s Guardian: Scientists learn the taste of words: “Now you know why those restaurant menus wax lyrical about that succulent salmon on a bed of piquant herbs. The words themselves enhance the flavour. Oxford scientists today confirm what every sommelier has always known instinctively: that labels can trick the brain into a different kind…

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A good show by Porcupine Tree. The band was really tight, though Steven Wilson’s voice was a bit weak at times, as if he was getting over a cold. Fortunately John Wesley’s harmonies filled out the vocals nicely. They did a number of songs from the new album “Deadwing”, of course, but mixed in plenty…

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With the publication of IBM’s blogging policies, there’s been a fair amount of discussion on the internal Sun bloggers’ alias about our own policy. Tim Bray has a piece on the subject over at ongoing. I’ve never bothered with a disclaimer on this blog, since (1) it’s not hosted at blogs.sun.com or any other Sun…

Read More Disclaimers, guidelines, policies and the like

While visiting the Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, I picked up a Taschen book called Japanese Graphics Now. A big, handsome coffee-table tome (600 pages, around $40) covering all aspects of contemporary Japanese graphic design. And the piece de resistance: “We’ve also thrown a DVD into the package, on which you’ll find a video…

Read More Book recommendation: Japanese Graphics Now

In my earlier posting about Antony Flew’s Introduction to God and Philosophy, I noted that Flew had identified the “argument from fine tuning” as a “development” which future authors in this area should take into account. In this post, I want to explain what this argument involves, and why it is completely devoid of merit.…

Read More Refuting the argument from fine tuning