What happened to my credit card? I’ve been using credit (and debit) cards for around 40 years. In that time, the card has barely changed: 85.60 × 53.98 mm laminated plastic, rounded corners, with the number embossed across the middle, my name and the expiration date embossed below it, and a signature panel on the…Read More When something entirely familiar changes unexpectedly
I just finished reading the slim account of a debate between Dan Dennett and Alvin Plantinga, entitled “Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?”. Dennett’s conclusion is straightforward: Plantinga wanted to show… that science and religion are not just compatible: Science depends on theism to underwrite its epistemic self-confidence. […] [But] Our capacity to discover the…Read More What leads to the Argument From Personal Incredulity?
At the end of October, I blogged about the fact that a recent routine check-up had led to the discovery of several large (but symptom-free) kidney stones. I wrote then that I’d be discussing the next steps with my urologist. Time and a half later, the “next steps” have arrived: tomorrow morning at 7:30 I’ll…Read More Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to take advantage of my new Yahoo! medical coverage and get a physical. Over the years I have to admit that I’ve not been very good about this; my last physical was in 2007 in Seattle. So I picked out a doctor (using one of the many online…Read More The importance of having a regular physical
Quote of the day, from an epidemiologist writing to Andrew Sullivan: There is no such thing as “alternative medicine”, only “alternatives to medicine”. Once something has been proven efficacious, it simply becomes medicine. To which Kate commented, “Unless the insurance company says so.” The bloody US system rears its head again.Read More There is no such thing as "alternative medicine"
Because of some prior commitments, I found myself with two weeks between finishing at Huawei and starting at Yahoo. The first week was spent in Massachusetts, helping my daughter and grandchildren move in with Merry. When you combine two households, you find that you have two of most things (which means that you need to…Read More Zwischenzug #1: Massachusetts
One of my favourite writers is dying of cancer. Another, who has suffered horribly from his own cancer, writes about him. Extraordinarily insightful, deeply moving.Read More Roger Ebert on Christopher Hitchens
I just had occasion to search for a bunch of former colleagues on Facebook and LinkedIn. It was strange to see how many of them still show “Sun Microsystems” as their employer. It’s not that they are inactive on either site; they have been adding to their networks, and posting news and comments. Odd…..Read More I wonder when all those ex-Sun people will get around to changing their LinkedIn and Facebook affiliations
Unexpected aspects of 2009: I didn’t expect that I would leave Amazon, nor that I would join Huawei. I didn’t expect that I would move from Seattle to Palo Alto. (In fact I never expected to live in California.) I didn’t expect that I would spend seven weeks of the year in China (as well…Read More Well, that was unexpected
Seen in Seattle a couple of weeks ago: I’m not sure how to parse this…..Read More "Exactly what you've been waiting for"?