Jun 15, 2014

On designing for specific content.

Read this piece by Jason Santa Maria, then this piece by Jared Spool.

Nov 5, 2013

It’s election day, so it’s time to reflect on our electoral system

From the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Advantages of the plurality system are that it is easily understood by voters, provides a quick decision, and is more convenient and less costly to operate than other methods.

Because we want the foundation of our democracy to be based on a shoestring budget and a 30-second decision making process.

(Perhaps it’s time for American democracy to grow up and find a big kid electoral system.)

Oct 23, 2013

The Annual Rise in CO2 Levels Has Begun

Carbon dioxide concentrations in the Northern Hemisphere have typically reached their lowest point in late October. After falling below 393 parts per million only on one day this year, levels are headed back up.

The peak month remains May, but Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, geochemist Ralph Keeling said single-day concentrations may exceed 400 parts per million (ppm) as early as January 2014.

Oct 21, 2013
wnycradiolab:

Are you guys obsessed with the University of Queensland Pitch Drop Experiment yet?  It’s one of the longest-running experiments in the world, and you can get all the inside info about it here.
Anyway, the Queensland folks just launched an very, very snazzy new site where you can watch a live feed of the experiment (and maybe make a teeny, tiny mark on history if you’re logged in when the drip finally drops.)
Seriously, check it out. Get obsessed. All the cool kids are doing it.

Science!

wnycradiolab:

Are you guys obsessed with the University of Queensland Pitch Drop Experiment yet?  It’s one of the longest-running experiments in the world, and you can get all the inside info about it here.

Anyway, the Queensland folks just launched an very, very snazzy new site where you can watch a live feed of the experiment (and maybe make a teeny, tiny mark on history if you’re logged in when the drip finally drops.)

Seriously, check it out. Get obsessed. All the cool kids are doing it.

Science!

Oct 18, 2013

It looks like the Antarctic research season will survive the shutdown.

From an Chronicle of Higher Education article on the effects of the shutdown on research:

Farther afield, in Antarctica, scientists whose work was suspended got word from the National Science Foundation that the summer research season was a go. James R. Collins, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose research was disrupted by the shutdown, reported in an e-mail that “everyone is running around setting up their labs” and would “move onto the ship this afternoon. We feel like we’ve been at the end of a very long yo-yo down here,” he wrote.

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