Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:49 pm
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We're moving.

Detail behind cut )

One good thing that happened a couple weeks ago: 

We took off an afternoon to visit the construction site of our new residence and make some choices.  We were in time that I could specify where I wanted cat5 drops; I hope I still feel the same way when I move in!

Then we went to a nearby restaurant that we knew of and celebrated our 49th anniversary.  It was Friday the 13th, but 49 is 7 squared, so that defended against any residual bad luck.  Very nice dinner, and the staff were very nice to us.
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Several people on my FL have done this one.  The first time I tried it, I had to take a break in the middle and never did get results, but this time it worked.

I seem to have done well enough, but I have a question.  Here's one I don't know:  We will select who(m)ever comes in first.  I suppose I'll have to post it on the List and hope Dr. Whom notices.

Your result for The Commonly Confused Words Test...

English Genius

Details follow, but I got them all )

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According to a Scientific American snippet you can read here .  Unfortunately, I did not notice any comment about the positive effects of lurking.

Note to self:  post more. 
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Several of my FL have done this, most recently [ profile] bright_lilim and [ profile] stoutfellow.

The following list contains the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" at LibraryThing. As in, they sit on the shelf because you were supposed to read them for school or college, because you felt you should read them because they are classics or because everyone else loves them. Or because it's simply chique to have certain books on your shelves.

Rules, list, and COMMENTS )

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From Science News_ comes an article that tries to relate a country's development efficiency to the size of its cabinet, and gives an explanation using network theory and a particular model for arriving at a decision.  I suspect there are several devils in the details of how well their model corresponds to actual working committees, and a cabinet does not correspond to my concept of a committee anyway, given that the usual organization of a cabinet is to give each member a particular responsibility.

Nonetheless, the article is interesting.  For their model, it turns out that 10 or under is workable - except 8.  Apparently, one should not create a committee of 8 members.

Legislatures seem to run much larger.  Maybe this is why they are primarily good for burning up money and accomplishing little.
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Ah, I was tagged by [ profile] wijsgeer.

a. Link to the person who tagged you.
b. Post the rules on your blog.
c. Write six random things about yourself.
d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
e. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

6 things )

Tagging other people.  Well, following the splendid lead of merchandisers, we're running a self-service, tag-yourself establishment here.  It's the latest thing.  You may cite me if it helps.
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Time for another poem.   A recent [ profile] selenite post reminded me of this, but, although I have read a lot of Kipling, I had not run across this until Lois Bujold mentioned it on the LMB list a while ago.  Can't say I buy into the rationale, but it is a comfortable shoe.

The Sons Of Martha )

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Many of you have already seen this, but for those who haven't, courtesy of [ profile] colliemommie, a filk of Hamlet tto American Pie, with lyrics:

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John Baez posted a link to a page where he has movies (for viewing or downloading) of his low level discussion of E8 and Kostant's more particular discussion of E8 and Garrett Lisi's recent Theory of Everything paper.  There are also some links that point to purely group-theory criticism of Lisi's efforts.  If you have questions, I am not the person to ask.  I'm about a quarter of the way through the elementary one.

E8 is a Lie group that gives rise to some beautiful graphic representations (maybe this should be cross posted to math art) and also arises in string theory, so perhaps it is not surprising that Lisi was able to make interesting use of it.

crossposted to my journal and [ profile] physics
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This post will refer to a couple of NY Times articles. They want registration, and I have not noticed ill effects of it, but for the shy, there is

A few weeks ago, Paul Davies made an op-ed column which I complained about here .

Last week, Dennis Overbye, NYT science columnist, put together a collection of responses (and re-responses from Davies) .

I was bemused by the variety in the responses, and I still find little to admire in Davies responses, but he holds an influential position, so perhaps I'm not trying hard enough.  But it seemed a fertile topic for discussion.

above crossposted to [ profile] philosophy.   I'll put some of my comments behind a cut. )
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is an op-ed piece in the NY Times:

The apparent aim is to improve the dialog between the religious and science.  I'm all for the aim, and Davies has impressive credentials, but
I don't agree with his major point. )
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A travel column in the New York Times, which requires registration.

(It is about an hour away.  One of the advantages that rural Vermont sees in Burlington is that it is so close to Vermont.  The politics tend to be a bit different.  Also, the population density.)

But it seems to be a pleasant article.
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I volunteered for the dunking booth again at the town Labor Day

 The dunking was fine. )


Aug. 18th, 2007 06:26 pm
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We've been away for a week, exploring our roots (a week's vacation at the Adirondack resort where we met 50 years ago this summer).  Great week.  No pix.  Lot of hiking.  Some paddling.  Some swimming.  Some internet access, so I'm not hopelessly behind, just behind.
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Disappearances just came out on DVD and we just got to watch it tonight.  I had missed it on its tour through Vermont and regret that even more now.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Read more... )

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Thanks to [ profile] bright_lilim for the following, which apparently investigates my friends and lists interests which they have and I don't.

Read more... )
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I read it last week. Most of it.

I did not like it.

I have seen good reviews of it and I can't argue with them. I think it was well crafted; I was not disappointed in the way the story was told.

Mild spoilers follow.   Read more... )
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Comments on Dawkins' book

The main reason Dawkins gives for writing this book is to combat the guilt pangs that established conservative religions instill in their young to preserve their membership and power.  He regards such as cults.  Many use some of the tricks of cults to maintain their hold.  The God Delusion is described in its beginning as his de-programming effort.

If that was all that he tried to do, I'd applaud.  Read more... )
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