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29 May 2009 @ 12:25 am
My friends with a science bent might appreciate this link and the comments that follow it:
29 March 2009 @ 06:20 pm
A friend of ours from Sarah's moms group was featured in this article about VBAC:

I'd be interested to hear what you all think, especially redmed... :)
10 September 2008 @ 03:53 pm
This question is squarely aimed at my compsci-enabled friends, hujhax, jrtom and fdmts. That is, why the software bloat? This is old, but if you haven't seen it already, take a look:


Honestly this totally jives with my experience - other than games pretty much everything ran as fast on my Win3.1 POS in college as it does now on my shiny opteron 850. Why hasn't anyone written a blazingly fast, optimized, stripped down OS to take M$ head-on? More than that, why don't most pieces of software run lean, only adding on "features" when you demand them? I never touch >90% of the word menu items, why do they all need to be loaded into RAM? I suspect the answer is economics - that optimization is expensive, doesn't convince anyone to actually buy the software, and just delays it from getting out the door. Or if I wanted to be more cynical, it's being kept in reserve. That is, once computers stop getting faster year after year, the software companies will still be able to claim you need to upgrade to the "faster" version with the bloat cut out. Hopefully google is already working on this in the back rooms, although chrome seems to hog just as much memory as the other browsers...
22 August 2008 @ 08:04 am
So this is similar to a thread posted by ladirectora a while ago. That is, what web sites do you find yourself visiting most often? Which ones have really become part of your daily routine? To give you an example, my current rotation is below:

News: http://www.nytimes.com

Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com

Blogs: http://slashdot.org, the gawker groups (mostly http://jalopnik.com), and http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com

WebComics: http://www.qwantz.com and http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/

Work-related: http://www.eetimes.com/news/semi/

But I'd love to add some new ones - what are your personal favorites?
05 August 2008 @ 07:04 pm
Finally, a clear answer to the age old question - what is the best way to merge? :)
18 July 2008 @ 09:45 pm
Diebold CEO personally installing software patches in two counties, both democratic strongholds...
(from /.)
06 May 2008 @ 11:34 am
For those of you who are into this sort of thing, I've posted my profile on Linkedin.
08 April 2008 @ 03:01 pm
For those of you who aren't linked to him, hujhax has some interesting thoughts on the latest BSG episodes.
31 March 2008 @ 07:52 pm
It was amusing counting how many I was familiar with... most of them. :)

28 February 2008 @ 09:12 pm
I've been following the freakonomics blog that's now on the nytimes website. Recently they had a run-off for a six word motto for our country. The winner was:

"Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay"


Next, with hujhax in mind I've been following a recurring special where an econ prof at columbia watches The Wire with a bunch of (mostly) ex gang members. I don't watch the show, but these are fascinating. Beware - spoilers galore:

From the latest entry: "A gang leader named J.T. would always tell me that 'success' in the game was simple: if you woke up and you weren’t in jail and you were breathing, that was reason enough to celebrate."

I can get on board with that...