January 2008

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 couldn’t fuel the economy forever, but I was…

Read More Reacting to the imminent recession

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, I’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

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!