I’ve just started populating my photo gallery on grommit.com. (Thanks, Steve!) I’m beginning with three albums: my Sunday tour of Hyderabad, gliding in Boulder, and stunning pieces from an exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The permalink to my gallery can be found on the right, in The Basics section at the top…Read More Photo gallery
Before heading out on my last trip to Colorado, I (finally!) replaced our old LinkSys 802.11b router with a Belkin Wireless G Plus. Both laptops (my PB and Merry’s iBook) were G-capable, so I only had one desktop PC (USB) adapter to replace. I futzed around with WPA but couldn’t get it just the way…Read More Talking and surfing
From CNN.com: “A former top State Department official said Sunday that Vice President Dick Cheney provided the ‘philosophical guidance’ and ‘flexibility’ that led to the torture of detainees in U.S. facilities.Retired U.S. Army Col. Larry Wilkerson, who served as former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff, told CNN that the practice of torture…Read More What the hell is "philosophical guidance"?
First we have Alec reporting on the Top 20 geek novels from blogs.guardian.co.uk. I hope the fact that Alec hasn’t read Consider Phlebas doesn’t mean that he’s ignorant of Iain M. Banks’ work. Meanwhile, over at Slashdot the usual crowd is debating the merits of Space.com’s best space movies poll. Like many Slashdotters, I find…Read More Geeks ranking stuff
Like most of us in Sun, I’ve been waiting for ZFS to arrive. Now it has. So on Monday I plan to update my Acer Ferrari 3400 laptop to Nevada build 27. Right now it’s set up to triple-boot Nevada (50GB), Ubuntu Linux (20GB), and WinXP (10GB). I’m going to blow away the Ubuntu partition…Read More Assuming I can free up a few hours on Monday…
Charles Krauthammer had an excellent piece in the Washington Post, entitled Phony Theory, False Conflict, on the farce of intelligent design. Money quote: “The school board thinks it is indicting evolution by branding it an ‘unguided process’ with no ‘discernible direction or goal.’ This is as ridiculous as indicting Newtonian mechanics for positing an ‘unguided…Read More Krauthammer on the stupidity of ID
In a recent article in the Sunday Times, Andrew Sullivan contrasts the values of Bush-and-Blair with those of their frequently-cited* hero, Winston Churchill: In a telegram on November 21, 1943, Winston Churchill defined a fundamental difference between the Anglo-American way of war and that of our enemies. Churchill wrote: ‘The power of the Executive to…Read More Churchill's verdict on Bush and Blair
My colleague Dale Ferrario (with whom I travelled to Hyderabad and Bangalore) is now blogging. Hey, Dale: if you need a picture for your template, I have plenty from the SeeBeyond party…. 🙂Read More Dale's on board
Alec blogged a link to Brent Rasmussen’s DarkSyde’s What It Feels Like to be an Atheist with the comment “One for Geoff”. (Thanks, Alec.) Here’s Brent’s DarkSyde’s intro: “I’m amazed everyday of my life that everyone isn’t an atheist like me. But they’re not, I have no idea why that is, but it is reality.…Read More Good idea, but the analogy is too concrete
A nice little quiz from the New Humanist. Rather specifically English, which has led to some confusion. Handholder You go out of your way to build bridges with people of different views and beliefs and have quite a few religious friends. You believe in the essential goodness of people , which means you’re always looking…Read More "What kind of humanist are you?"