August 2005

I’ve just bought my first laptop. No, of course it isn’t the first laptop that I’ve used: over the last 13 years* I’ve worked with countless systems from various vendors (IBM, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Sharp, Apple, and Acer) in a variety of form factors (from desktop replacements to pocket-sized subnotebooks). But all of them – even…

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Nice op-ed piece on ID in the NYT by Dan Dennett entitled Show Me the Science. Key paragraph: In short, no science. Indeed, no intelligent design hypothesis has even been ventured as a rival explanation of any biological phenomenon. This might seem surprising to people who think that intelligent design competes directly with the hypothesis…

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This is the first entry I’ve posted since Steve completed(?) the transfer of grommit.com to the new system: a Sun V20Z LX50 running Solaris 10. Thanks, Steve – I know you learned more than you ever expected to during the process! (Composed on my Treo 650 while shopping at L.L.Bean in Freeport, Maine.)

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I’m flying back to Boston today. Even though I’ve been commuting between the Bay State and the Bay Area regularly for over 20 years, this will be the first time I’ve flown into or out of Oakland. It’s actually not the first time I’ve used the airport; we once had to land at OAK to…

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Zoomed up 880 to Oakland this evening to have dinner with Steve, Wendy, Chris and Celeste. We ate at a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant with the unlikely name of Le Cheval on Clay Street. (OK, I know, it’s the French colonial influence – but it still seems odd.) Just inside the door is a large bronze…

Read More On not mounting the horse, and dressing to confuse

In the spirit of equal opportunity, the Huffington Post is providing a platform for that Sensitive New-age Guy Deepak Chopra*. For an M.D. (lapsed?) he seems remarkably ignorant when it comes to science. For example, one of his “leading principles” is “Consciousness may exist in photons, which seem to be the carrier of all information…

Read More The wackos are crawling out of the woodwork