The Water Cooler

Science, Technology, Business, and Politics

Saturday, May 17, 2003

A Hat That's Way Cool. Unless, of Course, It's Not. Dumb!

Friday, May 16, 2003

BW Online | May 26, 2003 | The New Gender Gap. From kindergarten to grad school, boys are becoming the second sex.

Is Math a Young Man's Game? - No. Not every mathematician is washed up at 30. By Jordan Ellenberg. Last month at MIT, mathematician Grigori Perelman delivered a series of lectures with the innocuous title "Ricci Flow and Geometrization of Three-Manifolds." In the unassuming social universe of mathematics, the equally apt title "I Claim To Be the Winner of a Million-Dollar Prize" would have been considered a bit much. Perelman claims to have proved Thurston's geometrization conjecture, a daring assertion about three-dimensional spaces that implies, among other things, the truth of the century-old Poincaré conjecture.

Yahoo! News - Midshipman Snares Supermodel for Annapolis Dance

Yahoo! News - Miami-Bound Stowaways Take Round-Trip to Colombia. HAHA, dorks.

Thursday, May 15, 2003 - Technology - Biotech's Billion Dollar Breakthrough. A technology called RNAi has opened the door to major new drugs. Already it's revolutionizing gene research.

Wired to the Brain of a Rat, a Robot Takes On the World. Otherwise known as Frankenrat. Or Roborat. Or something like that.

Wired 11.06: Life in the Bust Belt. As Churchill said, "Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up."

The Quantum Computing Revolution By George Johnson and Robert Wright

The Root of All Evil? - Will derivatives kill us or make us stronger? By Daniel Gross. Funny, I just bought Infectious Greed. I think I probably have to agree with Shiller more. - Shirk Ethic: How to Fake A Hard Day at the Office

Home. Look through this site - VERY bizarre.

Chinese couple name their baby son Saddam SARS - What I Hate About Your Programming Language [May. 12, 2003]

Soulmate Calculator: How Many American Singles to Meet? This Soulmate Calculator will calculate the number of American singles you must meet to find your soulmate. It uses the latest statistics from the U.S. Census and the National Center for Health Statistics.

I must meet 23,908 Americans between 18 and 24 to find my soulmate. Shit.

BBC NEWS | England | Hereford/Worcs | Badger rampage injures five

The Atlantic | April 2003 | The Return of the Pig | Brooks The revival of blatant sexism in American culture has many progressive thinkers flummoxed, by David Brooks

BBC NEWS | In Depth | Photo Gallery | In pictures: Saddam's art. Anyone want to comment on what Freud would think of this? A naked man with a snake wrapped around his body, pinning him?

Mini's Problems Haven't Scared Madonna The automaker, for example, bought a Ford Excursion, the extra-large sport utility vehicle, and placed a 2,600-pound Mini on its specially built roof rack, with a sign that read: ``What are you doing for fun this weekend?'' > News > Metro -- On-campus advertising being aimed more often at women. Yet recently, the 21-year-old was lured into o.b.U, a two-day event sponsored by o.b. Tampons celebrating "female individuality."

With hundreds of other San Diego State women, Liu entered a teal green tent, posed for pictures, then decorated a plastic picture frame with dazzling beads and glitter.

Ha, what a line.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Buffet's successors - one of them is a homie from my college...

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 Male bashing -- the stereotyping of men as brutal, stupid or otherwise objectionable -- is commonplace. Our sons, husbands, fathers and men-friends are gleefully slandered because they are male. They are subjected to malicious jokes and attitudes that would be decried if directed at blacks, Hispanics or women. The assault against men must stop. But how?

Wired News: AI Founder Blasts Modern Research. Will we ever make machines that are as smart as ourselves? "AI has been brain-dead since the 1970s," said AI guru Marvin Minsky in a recent speech at Boston University. Minsky co-founded the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in 1959 with John McCarthy.

Once Derided for Dinosaur, I.B.M. Shows a T-Rex Bite - Health - Study: Personality Not Set By 30. I can only hope to grow more neurotic.

Warren Buffett Speaks His Mind in Burden Auditorium. Buffett's advice to students when planning for their future was above all to
work for an organization whose leaders they admire. Buffett strongly
counseled, "You will be affected by the people around you. Therefore you should surround yourself by people who are better than you and they will make you a better person."

Monday, May 12, 2003

Wife Odyssey. Awww, sad. Look at his list of requirements though. Left-handed, 6'3", virgin, living in West LA?

Protest Planned Against Greenpeace's 'Eco-Manslaughter' -- 05/09/2003 Complicated conflict of liberal causes...

Edge: WHO CARES ABOUT FIREFLIES?. Cool article about complex adaptive systems and spontaenous syncronization. The most interesting part is the first 1/3 or so of the article, where he talks about how he discovered his passion for math & physics.

The Observer | Comment | Nick Cohen: The GM Jeremiahs. The West's mistrust of genetically modified crops means it is the Third World which is suffering.

When silly theories are applied in reality, shitty things happen.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

A variant on Occam's razor I just made up: The Optimist's Razor says that all things being equal, pick the idea that gives you the most happiness and hope.