The Water Cooler

Science, Technology, Business, and Politics

Friday, May 02, 2003

Yahoo! News - Georgians Plan Whites-Only Prom Party. Wait, are they sure this doesn't mean that everyone has to wear white clothes??

Eat Your Words - A guide to Menu English. By Sara Dickerman You'll need this to eat in Belltown

Yahoo! News - Student Seeks to Be Sole Valedictorian. I wonder if she will go on to get 1000 PhDs?

OpinionJournal - Featured Article. Why are we still caught up in century-old protest politics?

OpinionJournal - Wonder Land. Education in Disorder. Americans are almost unanimous: Public schools are awful

Buffett to host annual Berkshire meeting in Omaha - May. 2, 2003

Wired News: Robot Dogs Score Goal for Science. Sweet.

Los Angeles Times: Tests, textbooks: Only men bake cookies in these parts. This is pretty hilarious. They need to write a story about an athletic blind African American girl who climbs up Mt. Rainier and bakes cookies.

The Matrix - It's Harry Potter with guns. By Chris Suellentrop

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Saudi Arabia Awakes to the Perils of Inbreeding. Wow, how bizarre is this?? Look at the percentages in this article - they are staggering.

Making Intelligence a Bit Less Artificial. digiMine is in the New York Times!

US Report Says Terror Attacks Declined Sharply Last Year. Sweet, that's good news. Technology | Risk mismanagement. "Infectious Greed" seems like it might be a pretty cool book.

The Exponent - letters: "Sure I'm insensitive, but you're fat." Why don't letters like this get published in the UW Daily??

Buffalo News - The ethnic challenge. Marketing to minorities. Check out the asian stats on the left - asian people are all 'bout da benjies.

Yahoo! News - For the Discriminating Body-Piercer. Marketing a "cool" car.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Yahoo! News - Entertainment Photos - AP. Now THIS is a freaking gold chain.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Technology Overload - Archive, and another article, Target Elimination, about the challenges of streamlining drug discovery.

RealNetworks reports first quarter loss - 2003-04-29 - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle). No shit... dead man walking.

Napster Suit Unnerves Venture Capitalists. Haha, Hummer Winblad is getting sued for investing in Napster...

Butterfly Gallery. From the wing of a butterfly: Have a nice day! Check out the rest here.

Digital Cells: Science News Online, April 26, 2003 Computer circuits made of genes may soon program bacteria.

Monday, April 28, 2003 - Technology - Where the Action Is

Venture deals turn upward - 2003-04-28 - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle). Boo Yah.

Slate Sets a Web Magazine First: Making Money. Web purists who long believed that Slate, the online magazine founded by Michael Kinsley and bankrolled by Microsoft, was never a bona fide digital media service now have a final, damning piece of evidence. In the first quarter of this year, Slate took in more money than it spent.

Holy shit. Maybe Salon could learn a thing or two.

Edge: WHY DO SOME SOCIETIES MAKE DISASTROUS DECISIONS?. What I'm going to suggest is a road map of factors in failures of group decision making. I'll divide the answers into a sequence of four somewhat fuzzily delineated categories. First of all, a group may fail to anticipate a problem before the problem actually arrives. Secondly, when the problem arrives, the group may fail to perceive the problem. Then, after they perceive the problem, they may fail even to try to solve the problem. Finally, they may try to solve it but may fail in their attempts to do so. While all this talking about reasons for failure and collapses of society may seem pessimistic, the flip side is optimistic: namely, successful decision-making. Perhaps if we understand the reasons why groups make bad decisions, we can use that knowledge as a check list to help groups make good decisions.