I’m appalled at the apparent rise of Huckabee. If there is one type of person this country does not need as President, it is someone who professes a belief that God created the earth in seven days and that evolution is a false doctrine (as reported in the Washington Post. To me, such beliefs […]
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I’m not a heavy-duty Christmas shopper–never have been. But, this year I’m worried, as I do not see the crowds of shoppers I’ve seen in the past. I don’t shop in a lot of places, but Stanford Shopping Mall and Target in Redwood City should yield some clues. The stores are not jammed. Have the […]
Love this sentence: â€œThe team performed one of the largest cosmological supercomputer simulations ever, cramming 2.5 percent of the visible universe inside a computer to model a region more than 1.5 billion light-years across.â€
Whole article on the simulation is interesting
If there is a story that makes me angry and sick about the war and the treatment of military personnel, it is this one about 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside
Briefly, an outstanding army reservist with rave reviews for her performance, went to Iraq. There she was subjected to some very bad treatment by a male officer. […]
Hopefully nothing more will go amiss today. First, as I was leaving the house this morning, I noted that the printer I ordered was not the one delivered. My daughter and son-in-law had already assembled and tested it. Luckily, I found that the more expensive one I’d paid for was not the one I needed. […]
Every morning, I check the latest postings for Cassini, the Mars Rovers, Phys Org and Scientific American. I am in awe of how different the universe is from what we can/could conceive from what we can see. Recently several items have amazed me. One is water forming a floating bridge when exposed to high voltage. […]
As the days go by and it seems less and less likely that he will be found alive–though I continue to hope. I enjoyed his adventures and have posted about them–specifically, his solo round-the-world feat. Thus, I joined the Mechanical Turk hunt for Steve. I didn’t have much time to offer in the image search, […]
Environmental factors can cause violence–crowding being one factor. However, I’d never imagined a chemical in common use until recently could also cause violence. Lead is the culprit. Rick Nevin, an economist who has studied the effects of lead for a decade, makes a compelling case that there is a relationship between lead exposure during childhood […]
An interesting article in BBC News with 46 words that women would use, but men probably would not. There are some words here that I did not relate to: kitten heels and pomegranate. For some of us Beefeater would have a different meaning. So what are the words we use? There is an invitation to […]
I hit this area every morning. But, some days the new adds are overwhelming (anything over 30 pages). Now, I’ve found a new tool, a database of the new arrivals over a 30 day period. I’ve set mine to not show classical (I do download lots of classical), so you’ll need to find the correct […]
You receive a phone call at 12:30 a.m. from Istanbul from your daughter requesting you to power cycle her server …..
There is something very chutzpah-ish about the current efforts to tame a mud volcano in Indonesia. Frankly, I donâ€™t know whether to laugh or applaud the scientists who are trying to plug it with concrete balls. Surely, they have some .
If you want more background, see this article in National Geographic News.
In late January, my 1997 Saturn was stolen. It was in great condition and relatively low mileage, so I’d not been shopping for a new car. But, when mine was not recovered within about 3 weeks, I began shopping. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, as I’m not a car buff, but I did […]
Checking the documents at FAS, I found this one from 1998, A National Obligation: Planning for Health Preparedness for and Readjustment of the Military, Veterans, and Their Families after Future Deployments. I’ve not yet had time to read it, but I will. Here is the first paragraph from the Recommendations:
The Federal Government has an unwavering […]
Ok, I’m baffled. I have mild high blood pressure and take medication for it. I also have a WrisTech blood pressure monitor. Last week I went into the clinic for a bp check and, as is usual is when I see a white coat, it was elevated. I was sent home with instructions to come […]
After reading danah and Molly, I got the meme bug. Here are five of mine….
1. A spectacular ski accident
Years ago, I was an avid skier who could be found at Mammoth many weekends charging up the first chair at 8:oo a.m. The winter of 1969 had been harsh. In the Los Angeles area it rained […]
I was palm-napped. Someone stole my birthday present palm, a beautiful Bismark palm with blue-green leaves. So yesterday, we went back to the Palm Patch to replace it. As we had taken two cars this time, it was an opportunity to indulge in another palm as well, and a Butia capitata (Jelly Palm) was added […]
I realize that I’ve not posted much about my PhD work-in-progress. I’m still brewing-up my idea paper and, to that end, have gone through about 500 technical papers. These have been whittled to about 250 “keepers”.
A fascinating article, Meet the A-Team of stem-cell science shows the difficulty of unravelling the complexity of cancers. Not having lots of research money (no War on Cancer dollars), Canadian researchers were forced to take another approach. Stem cells.
Dr. Dirks found that that 100,000 ordinary cancer cells cannot grow a brain tumour in a mouse. […]
Note: I am posting what is intensely personal with the hope that it might save another woman’s life.
I returned home from my 50th high school reunion in mid-October a bit tired from travel and dancing the twist and conga line. Thursday evening, I found I was spotting. That had NOT been a problem in 15 […]