Monday, November 13, 2006

No more quick notes -- see "Steve's View" or delicious.

I have decided to abandon this site in favor of simplicity. If I want to make a post I will use Steve's View. If I just want to tag something I will use delicious. I'll leave this site here, of course, but you won't see any more posts.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Blue Mongol - Roswell Rudd with Badma Khanda and the Mongolian Buryat Band

Janet and I saw Roswell Rudd perform with Badman Khanda last night in Reston. It was a few hours very well spent. The music is a beautiful and novel mix of traditions. Everyone on stage, Roswell Rudd, Badma Khanda, Batuvshin Baltanseren, Javklan Erdenebal, Sayana Tabkharova and Jamiyan Urantuga, was individually impressive.
The CD is "Blue Mongol" (Amazon has samples).
Badma Khanda singing to school children in a video.
Their current tour.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Scientists and Engineers for America

Scientists and Engineers for America is a new organization trying to support science in our society. I just joined.

Dr. Mike at covers intermittent fasting

Monday, October 16, 2006

Watches that work

A special advertising supplement to yesterday's New York Times features mechanical watches. A lead article entitled "Like a Phoenix: The Stunning Rebirth of the Mechanical Watch" starts by explaining that the watch industry panicked (unnecessarily) in the 1970s when quartz watches came out. It seems that I am one of the few who chooses a watch based on function. My preference is the Timex Ironman 100-lap (T51931), but I do wish it were a bit smaller and more stylish.

Monday, September 18, 2006

University of Maryland top Countercultural College

"High times" lists University of Maryland at the top of its list of "top 10 countercultural colleges" (High Times, Diamondback). I understand that President Mote did not mention this singular honor in his annual State of the Campus address to the Senate (Diamondback).

Monday, September 11, 2006

Constitution Day

Sept. 18 is Constitution Day. Who knew? To do my part in promoting awareness of the Constitution I'm pointing to a quiz by Lawrence Douglas and Alexander George that appeared in the Chronicle for Higher Education (link).

Monday, September 04, 2006

Followup on shared bookmarks

I posted in July that I was looking into sites for sharing bookmarks (link). After trying things out a bit this summer, I've settled on I also use Connotea for bookmarks related to genetics, and I've created a specialized blog (News on Genetics) for brief comments on genetics news.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

EBay Inc. vs. MercExchange, LLC

EBay Inc. vs. MercExchange, LLC makes it harder for "patent trolls" to stifle research and development. A commentary in Genetic Engineering News by Courtenay C. Brickerhoff (for which I cannot find a direct link) alerted me to this. Justice Kennedy questioned the "potential vagueness and suspect validity" of business method practices. Brickerhoff is rightly concerned that the ruling will apply as well to many biotech patents. See my comments on Labcorp-vs. Metabolite Laboratories.

Sunday, July 30, 2006 Goes glacial

I have used for a while now. Although less cited than the "Internet Movie Database" (, it has carefully researched reviews and extremely useful cross-listings. However, allmovie recently redesigned their site such that pages take absolutely forever (OK, a few seconds, and up to a minute) to load, one has to visit more pages to get the information one wants, and the browser freezes completely if more than a few pages are open at once. This has nothing to do with bandwidth. It is about ads (the status bar mentions "") and some seriously bad web design that somehow convinces the browser (yes, I've tried several) to take up most of the available CPU. Since fewer and fewer people are actually going to see these ads, this will probably be a temporary situation. In the meantime, and the New York Times will have to do.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Just do it -- quantity, practice, preparation and quality

A story from "Art & Fear:Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking" by David Bayles & Ted Orland has been cited by over 120 people (e.g., and is worth noting. Students who expected to be evaluated on the quantity of their work produced work of better quality than those who expected to be evaluated on the basis of the quality of their work.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

U.M. envy

The announcment that Google will be building a center near the University of Michigan, where Larry Page was a student (news) has the locals here, where Sergey Brin was a student, salivating.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Empires fall

This blog, Empire's Fall, looks interesting. I don't do that mutual-linking thing (which seems like a burden), but it looks recommendable and I put it on my delicious site. The theme seems to be the fall of the American empire.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Netherlands vs. Portugal -- don't blame the ref

All the papers this morning are blaming the referee who handed out a record number of cards in Portugal's victory over The Netherlands, but it was the players who behaved as though they were playing hockey.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Vint Cerf on Kojo Nnamdi

I just heard (bits of) Vint Cerf on Kojo Nnamdi. I love this guy; he is very articulate and reasonable about the internet.