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From tiny acorns grow

November 13th, 2017 · No Comments

“If man is not to live by bread alone, what is better worth doing well than the planting of trees?” – Frederick Law Olmsted, “Trees in Streets and in Parks”

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And vice versa

October 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“It turns out that every local solution is also global.” – Christopher J. C. Burges, “A Tutorial on Support Vector Machines for Pattern Recognition”

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The we’ll try to put them back together

October 27th, 2017 · No Comments

“Let’s follow the time honoured tradition of understanding things by trying to break them.” – Christopher J. C. Burges, “A Tutorial on Support Vector Machines for Pattern Recognition”

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Now you see it

August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“If the vacuum around the nucleus can be considered more of a ‘natural’ vacuum as opposed to an immutable ground state with absolutely no spatial variation, and if there are ephemeral fermion/antifermion pairs dominated by electron-positron pairs that create and annihilate with a density that increases significantly as one moves closer to the nucleus, what […]

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Stormy weather

February 27th, 2017 · No Comments

“(1) How can a material thing (a mechanism?) be correctly said to reason, to have reasons, to act on reasons? (2) How can the unique four-dimensional non-branching world-worm that comprises all that has happened and will happen admit of a notion of possibilities that are not actualities? What does an opportunity look like when the […]

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Spooked

January 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“Two points about rationalism stand out: It becomes our privileged way of accessing the world and making sense of the things around us, to the exclusion of other ways of appreciating meaning: moods, our use of tools and other instruments, and our communal traditions captured in language. But the chief defect of this narrowed, receptive […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Martin Heidegger · Other Stuff

Living the lie

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments

“It is often said these days that America is a Christian country. If that’s true, then a great many Americans should be worried about their eternal salvation. According to Jesus, when He returns to settle accounts at the Last Judgment, He will separate the sheep from the goats, telling the goats: ‘Go, you damned souls, […]

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Equation

October 8th, 2016 · No Comments

“In proportion as the body grows fat, so does the soul wither away.” – Abba Daniel of Skettis

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Tags: Economics · Other Stuff · Verandah

She might have brought something to study

September 19th, 2016 · No Comments

“A skilled professional I know had to turn down an important freelance assignment because of a recurring commitment to chauffeur her son to a resumé-building ‘social action’ assignment required by his high school. This involved driving the boy for 45 minutes to a community center, cooling her heels while he sorted used clothing for charity, […]

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Civilization comes to Hooterville

September 18th, 2016 · No Comments

“Educated people should know something about the 13-billion-year prehistory of our species and the basic laws governing the physical and living world, including our bodies and brains. They should grasp the timeline of human history from the dawn of agriculture to the present. They should be exposed to the diversity of human cultures, and the […]

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The nuisance value of truth

September 7th, 2016 · No Comments

“Every era has its dangerous ideas. For millennia, the monotheistic religions have persecuted countless heresies, together with nuisances from science such as geocentrism, biblical archeology, and the theory of evolution. We can be thankful that the punishments have changed from torture and mutilation to the canceling of grants and the writing of vituperative reviews. But […]

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Going a full ten rounds

August 28th, 2016 · No Comments

“A courtroom is not a place where truth and innocence inevitably triumph. It is only an arena where contending lawyers fight not for justice, but to win.” — Clarence Darrow (quoted by John J. Lentini in Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation, Second Edition)

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Luck of the draw

August 27th, 2016 · No Comments

“Most criminal defense attorneys suspect that most of their clients are guilty most of the time. Having an innocent client has been described as a defense attorney’s worst nightmare because their obligation goes beyond getting the client a fair hearing. If the client is innocent, it is the defense attorney’s obligation to obtain a dismissal […]

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For instance, right there

August 17th, 2016 · No Comments

“While it is never a good idea to violate the National Fire Codes, code violations, in and of themselves, are frequently nothing more than code violations. It would be difficult to conduct a thorough inspection of any residence and not detect at least one violation of a fire code.” – John J. Lentini, Scientific Protocols […]

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Taking no chances

August 15th, 2016 · No Comments

“Even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” – Stephen Hawking, Black Holes and Baby Universes

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Put the sugar down and back away

August 14th, 2016 · No Comments

“Nothing is more critical to people’s health than food. The consequences of poor nutrition are devastating.” – Lisa Marsh Riyerson, President, AARP Foundation

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And others

July 25th, 2016 · No Comments

“Sexual ambiguity was an ethic of sorts—a knight’s move in the face of the fixed options of straight (and possibly also gay) identity.” – Brian Dillon, “Notes on Bowie”

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Lather, rinse, repeat

July 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

6.1 Compare all the known data. 6.2 Determine whether the data support the hypothesis. 6.3 In the event that there are data that contradict the hypothesis, examine the data for credibility. 6.3.1 If the data that contradict the hypothesis appear credible, formulate a new hypothesis and begin the process again. 6.4 If all known credible […]

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And that’s the truth

July 7th, 2016 · No Comments

“Accumulating evidence is the scientific community’s method of self-correction and is the best available option for achieving that ultimate goal: truth.” – Open Science Collaboration, “Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science”

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Reality is like that

July 6th, 2016 · No Comments

“The scientific process is not ideological. Science does not always provide comfort for what we wish to be; it confronts us with what is.” – Open Science Collaboration, “Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science”

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Guarding the guards

July 5th, 2016 · No Comments

“Scientific progress is a cumulative process of uncertainty reduction that can only succeed if science itself remains the greatest skeptic of its explanatory claims.” – Open Science Collaboration, “Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science”

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Make it newer

July 4th, 2016 · No Comments

“Innovation is the engine of discovery and is vital for a productive, effective scientific enterprise. However, innovative ideas become old news fast. Journal reviewers and editors may dismiss a new test of a published idea as unoriginal. The claim that ‘we already know this’ belies the uncertainty of scientific evidence. Deciding the ideal balance of […]

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Harder to burn than thatch

June 18th, 2016 · No Comments

“The flame spread rating of a piece of kiln-dried spruce might be twice that of red oak, but it is exceedingly difficult to ignite, say, a 2 x 4 with anything short of a large fire. Just try lighting a piece of timber with a blowtorch; it goes out when the flame is removed.” – […]

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These days we have a pill for that

June 8th, 2016 · No Comments

“In 1865, when Bruckner was nearly forty, he first hear Wagner’s music in Linz. He was overwhelmed. The experience fueled his own need to compose. His latent genius began to ripen, and he composed the D minor mass, an orchestral overture in G minor, and several choruses for male voices. Most important, he began sketching […]

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Opera as a major-league sport

September 20th, 2015 · No Comments

“No one who did not live in Italy before 1848 can imagine what the opera house meant in those days. It was the only outlet for public life, and everyone took part. The success of a new opera was a capital event that stirred to its depths the town lucky enough to have witnessed it, […]

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Tags: Other Stuff · Verandah

Riots in the aisles, chaos in the cheap seats

September 17th, 2015 · No Comments

“Composers of [the early Nineteenth century] seldom saw their work published, royalties were rare, and copyright laws were nonexistent. Various middlemen prevented composers from knowing what their real box-office receipts were. What money they did earn had to be divided with hack librettists. Most impresarios viewed composers and librettists as quickly replaceable commodities—they were far […]

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The glorious nose of dog

September 13th, 2012 · No Comments

“A good dog is a natural super-soldier: strong yet acrobatic, fierce yet obedient.  It can leap higher than most men, and run twice as fast.  Its eyes are equipped for night vision, its ears for supersonic hearing, its mouth for subduing the most fractious prey.  But its true glory is its nose.” – Burkhard Bilger, […]

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From the entertaining to the extraordinary to the astounding

August 17th, 2012 · No Comments

There’s this:

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The cascading double-dog dares

July 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Ninety-eight years ago on this very day the so-called Great War (aka, the World War, aka the First World War) “broke out,” as wars are said to do.  How did this misfortune come about?  Through an unstoppable cascade of double-dog dares, to wit: A Serbian nationalist assassinated an Austrian (aka, Austro-Hungarian) duke; The Austrians (aka, […]

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On this day in history

July 12th, 2012 · No Comments

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