Archives for: March 2005

Let Terri Go!

03/27/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Ethics, Religion
Okay, okay, everyone and their dog has weighed in on this case already, but it has been much on my mind. What should have remained a relatively local, personal tragedy has turned into the a bigger battle cry for 'human rights' than Rwanda ever did. more »

Down for the Count

03/27/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]
As you can tell, I'm back online, after my domain departed from me briefly. It's not a very long story, but for those of you who want to know what happened, here's the scoop. more »

Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon

03/21/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Books, Fiction
If this book was like a dessert, it would be like ordering chocolate cake, and having the waiter come back to the table with something that was so ornate, you almost felt guilty eating it. It's the fervent attention to detail that feels like the same… more »

The IB Experience

03/16/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, People
When I was going into high school, I had the good fortune (though I didn't think so at the time) of being put into Western Canada High School in the International Baccalaureate program. more »

What's That Around Your Neck?

03/16/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]
If you don't know the story behind what I wear around my neck, here's the goods :) more »

What's So Special About Charge?

03/16/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Science
In the course of pursuing other questions, I ran across something in particle physics that I didn't know. (Okay, okay, you can list what I don't know about in text and fill up a 40 Gb drive, but I digress) I had always heard that gamma rays can… more »

Happy Pi Day

03/14/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]
Happy Pi Day, everyone! Yes, it's that time of year again, 3.14. If that's not enough of a reason, it's also Einstein's Birthday. :) Comment by Adam: How very geeky :) I love it! more »

Death to Whitey

03/11/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]
No, we're not talking about any social friction in the US. Whitey was the original male of three mice that spawned my adorable mouse colony. He passed away yesterday, ostensibly from cancer. Poor guy - at least he had his sons to keep him company. more »

Why Are Humans So Bad With Statistics?

03/10/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Science
In light of a recent contest win, I am reminded of statistics, and the very human tendency to think of luck going in 'streaks', praying for good weather, and the strange rituals that purport to help one's home team win. I'm not totally immune to such… more »

Early Honeymoon?

03/09/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]
I just got a call yesterday from the folks at Garnier, with a message to call them back... more »

Kuhn's Scientific Revolutions

03/06/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Science
Science has its share of philosophers. Sometimes, they have a remarkable amount of insight. One such philosopher is Thomas S. Kuhn, who is responsible for the remarkable The Structure of Scientific Revolutions back in 1962. The thoughts still stand out… more »

The Reed Sea

03/04/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion
I'm always one for finding natural explanations for 'miraculous' phenomena, especially when some pieces of the original meaning get lost in translation. I came across this link about the parting of the Red Sea. Not all such things have to have a… more »

Review Impostors

03/04/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Ethics
Folks who pose as reviewers pretending that they would normally rate something highly, but that the material was such a travesty/so insulting/so unconvincing that they have to give it one star/zero stars if they could... just piss me off... more »

Windows XP: Grudging Respect

03/04/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Programming
Yesterday, I had a pretty weird experience with Windows XP that gave me a bit of grudging respect for the OS, despite my general distrust of things that look like Lego but aren't :) more »

Neutrinos Instead of Quarks

03/04/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]
Every now and again, I run across peoples' pet theories that are actually pretty interesting. That doesn't make them right, but they're often good thought-provokers, and can point out a few spots where current theories fall down. Brian DuPraw's theory… more »

Science: A Long Way To Go

03/01/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Science
It makes me shake my head to hear that we think we're close to solving the ultimate questions. We're not there. We're not even close. I think that's a good thing. Yet I see some signs of stagnation, in thought and in funding. more »