Recently I cited Patrick Cockburn on the increasingly dangerous situation in the Iraqi countryside. Now we find that even the Green Zone in Baghdad is at risk: The US embassy in Baghdad circulated a memo to all Americans working for the US government in the Green Zone. It ordered them to wear protective gear whenever…Read More The Green Zone is now Red
My friend Charlie just drew my attention to a wonderful website: Courses for the B.A. in Computer Science at Maharishi University of Management. Some examples of the Truly Wondrous courses that they offer: Algorithms: The Dynamics of Intelligence â€” The Relationship of Structure and Dynamics as the Basis for Efficient and Practical Software Development (CS…Read More "Expressing the Intelligence that Guides Computation"
Now I’m really confused. Jon Benson running storage, David Yen heading up microelectronics… haven’t we seen this movie before?Read More Deja vu at Sun
I’m adding Kathy Sierra to my links, in solidarity and support. And in anger at what she’s been through. Those who know me well will confirm that it takes a lot to get me angry. [Via Tim, and Majikthise, and a bunch of other good people.]Read More Supporting Kathy
I was in a bookshop this afternoon (yeah, I do occasionally visit bricks-and-mortar book stores), and I came across a very large and dazzingly white volume, The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe by Michael Frayn. I’ve always enjoyed his work, all the way back to The Tin Men in 1965,…Read More Saved by reviewers from a tedious and expensive disappointment
In all of the chaos and confusion of the last couple of weeks, I forgot to blog about this…. At about 10:30am on Tuesday, March 13, I was walking from my apartment to the bus-stop on 2nd Avenue, to catch the bus to SeaTac and then fly to London. It was a bright, sunny morning.…Read More An awe-inspiring sight
There’s a sobering piece by Patrick Cockburn in the Independent entitled And they call it peace: Inside Iraq, four years on: The difficulty of reporting Iraq is that it is impossibly dangerous to know what is happening in most of the country outside central Baghdad. Bush and Blair hint that large parts of Iraq are…Read More "It is as if the government in London had lost control of Reading"
Over at HuffPo, Martin Varsavsky describes his experience of French health care: The case: I had a 3 cm cut on my chest that urgently required stitches. I was rushed to Hopital St Antoine which is not far from Place des Vosges where we have an apartment (my wife is French and we come frequently…Read More US vs French Medical Care
There’s a nice review of books related to the “free will” debate over at the Financial Times. If you’re unfamiliar with the radical findings of Libet et al, you should check it out. I’m regretting the fact that I didn’t pick up Four Views on Free Will by John Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, Derk Pereboom…Read More Free will at the FT
How I’m planning to spend much of this weekend: watching the videos of the Beyond Belief 2006 conference. After two centuries, could this be twilight for the Enlightenment project and the beginning of a new age of unreason? Will faith and dogma trump rational inquiry, or will it be possible to reconcile religious and scientific…Read More Beyond Belief 2006