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By gzt (Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:37:07 PM EST) gzt, neutrality, evolution, vaccination, global warming, escape (all tags)
so my boss got the jorb she interviewed for. good for her! this will leave this function in a bit of a lurch, but that is Somebody Else's Problem.


It's not $COOL_VP's problem, because it's already been announced that our function is moving away from him.

I am SHERlocked.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/428729/mathematics-of-sudoku-leads-to-richter-scale-of/ I unfortunately never got around to thinking about the mathematics of sudoku more than idly, not even bothering to program a sudoku solver. Oh well. At least I can read the papers.

Is vacuuming sufficient to get rid of cat allergens? I hope it is.

We are so far behind on Futurama.

Okay, I just set up change of address stuff with the post office. Begin mail forwarding!

Do The Math remains one of my favorite web-logs: http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2012/08/solar-data-treasure-trove/ All hail science! Though it does not make us better people. Also, a convenient fact: the “standard sun” deposits 1000 W/m² under clear conditions. The more you know!

I'm uncertain about whether the recent XKCD-What-If got the magnitude of the forces correct, but I'm too out of practice to do the back-of-the-envelope calculations.

Some project that belonged to my now-retired coworker that the CHRO was interested in sporadically popped up again. It never got finished and nobody maintained it because the CHRO never got around to supporting it, but now she's like, "Hey, this thing I wanted, does it have this stuff? Is it around?" Nope, you didn't support the project, esp. as evidenced by the fact that it's been five months since my coworker left and this is the first she's mentioned it, but maintaining the database would have required probably 5-10 hours of work from somebody each month.

I believe in evolution, vaccines, and anthropogenic global warming. I think the only one I don't link to much on facebook is evolution, but that's only because nothing terrible is happening in the world because of evolution-denialists (sadly, we cannot blame antibiotic-resistant bacteria on them), vaccine-denialists kill babies and global warming denialists perpetuate global warming. The worst thing that happens when you deny evolution is that you don't understand biology, and what layman needs to understand biology? Or perhaps your children will abandon your religion because evolution is obviously true and your religion apparently conflicts with it, and is therefore obviously false. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

What makes a man turn neutral?

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solvers.. by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 02:10:12 PM EST
the Mrs was crushing me, time-wise, solving sudoku. So I wrote a program that solved it about 4 or 5 different ways. It probably takes as much time to enter in the grid as she'd take to solve it, but still..

(I object to their use of brute force vs the "elegant" algorithm.. Mine is elegant as per their definition -  it only guesses possible numbers for a square. But does so in various depth/breadth first/last manners. So it sure is brute force.)

my mother by garlic (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 02:47:43 PM EST
a nurse, denies evolution. That's problematic.


does it really come up? by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:15:17 PM EST
i mean, really, I'm curious. It's the foundation of biology and necessary to understand it, but I wouldn't think you'd actually need much biology to be an okay nurse.

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microevolution by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:25:17 PM EST
It would be in terms of the causes of antibiotic resistance, but those creationists who have any understanding at all generally accept microevolution as real and distinct from macroevolution.
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Appendices by Herring (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 09:29:21 AM EST
How do they explain humans having an appendix?

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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God works in mysterious ways by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:51:49 PM EST
It's an all-purpose excuse.
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maybe not in caring for the sick by garlic (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 06:01:51 PM EST
but it certainly disturbs me that she denies the science behind the medical profession.


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Well, for nurses her age, that's not unwarranted by lm (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 06:35:03 PM EST
I guessing your mother is old enough to recall some major reversals in science in general and medical science in particular.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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David Stove's /Darwinian Fairytales/ by nathan (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:52:54 PM EST
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwinian_Fairytales) can be freely downloaded at the first link obtained by googling 'david stove darwinian fairytales pdf'.

It's a great read.

i'm pretty sure i could negotiate an arrangement by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 02:54:24 AM EST
where the publisher of that book would pay me for the privilege of sending me a copy. 

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i can confirm this; i was the free copy by nathan (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:20:26 PM EST


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sounds like fun by gzt (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:08:14 AM EST
he's the sort of philosopher i'm fond of.

There is an integer between two and four, but it is not three, and its true name and nature are not to be revealed.


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the nosology of thought piece by nathan (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:16:01 PM EST
Should really be standard reading for any educated person today.

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interesting thought by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 06:53:09 PM EST
Has he constructed a universal data compression algorithm that doesn't bother with the now-discredited pigeonhole principle?

Wumpus

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