Oh well. In spite of this, my new HD DVD player still upconverts regular DVDs really nicely. 🙁Read More Instant BetaMax
As the US economy lurches towards recession, the WSJ came up with an appropriately pessimistic survey piece: Economists React: ‘Looking for a Bunker to Hide in’. This attracted various comments, including the following gem: Gosh, I knew that $300 tax rebate Bush gave me six years ago couldnâ€™t fuel the economy forever, but I was…Read More Reacting to the imminent recession
Seems like an odd way to pick a candidate… According to the Seattle Times: Only 4 percent of [Huckabee’s] backers said they wanted a contender with experience, and 2 percent said they were looking for a Republican who can win the White House in November. Of course the whole Iowa caucus system is a complete…Read More Huckabee's supporters won't be disappointed, then
In her contribution to The Edge, Rebecca Goldstein takes on the Popperian idea that scientific thinking inevitably involves falsifiability, and the false (but seductive) inferences that can follow: Finally, Iâ€™ve come to think that identifying scientificality with falsifiability lets certain non-scientific theories off the hook, by saying that we should try to find good reasons…Read More Goldstein on Popper on falsifiability
Every year, John Brockman and the folks at The Edge pose a big question. Their Annual Question for 2008 is a classic: When thinking changes your mind, that’s philosophy. When God changes your mind, that’s faith. When facts change your mind, that’s science. WHAT HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND ABOUT? WHY? Science is based on…Read More "What have you changed your mind about?"
Yesterday evening I made my way to Jon and Laura’s party, up on Capitol Hill, and there was good conversation accompanied by copious libations. Just before midnight we took glasses and a couple of bottles of champagne up on to the roof of their apartment block. I should have brought a decent camera and tripod,…Read More Happy New Year '08 Seattle
As I was heading out to a New Years party this evening, I checked the time on my iPhone. Here’s what I saw: (Click to see full-size.) The local time in Seattle was 8:45 PM on December 31, 2007. In London and Mumbai it was already January 1, 2008… or it should have been!Read More New Years iPhone bug
I just heard from Massachusetts: my daughter, Katherine, has had a baby girl. More details anon. (Meanwhile here are some pictures of Tommy and a – very pregnant – Katherine!) UPDATE: Victoria Elizabeth (“Torri“) Gallagher, 9 lbs. 8oz. Mother and baby doing fine. Here’s the first photograph, from Mark’s cellphone: Mark’s posted some more pictures,…Read More Tommy has a sister!