Archive for January, 2013

Story of James Randi told by Dusty Smith

January 31, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More

I don’t know what I found more entertaining: The brilliance of James Randi (who I’ve long admired), or the way Dusty Smith tells the story of James Randi.

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400 films advocating social change

January 31, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Here are 400 films advocating social change. Just click on them and enjoy. The list includes some that are quite popular.

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Visit to Daytona Florida

January 31, 2013 | By | Reply More

I had some business to do in Daytona Florida, which meant that I had the opportunity to visit Daytona Beach. Lots of scenery but not many people this time of year. I captured these scenes with my little Canon S95. Click on the photos for higher res versions.

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Ex-CIA Agent, Whistleblower John Kiriakou Sentenced to Prison While Torturers He Exposed Walk Free

January 30, 2013 | By | Reply More

Ex-CIA Agent, Whistleblower John Kiriakou Sentenced to Prison While Torturers He Exposed Walk Free. The story is at Democracy Now.

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1992: The future of computers per Bill Gates

January 30, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Back in 1992, Microsoft was still a new company, and Tom Brokaw sat down with 35 year old Bill Gates, who discussed the future, including the advent of “electronic mail.” Follow up interview here.

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Modules and evolution

January 30, 2013 | By | Reply More

In “The Parts of Life,” Karl Zimmer takes a close look at evolving computer networks and concludes that modules and minimal connections facility efficient evolution.

[A]s networks become more efficient, they become more modular. But once the parts of a system emerge, natural selection may then favor modules themselves, because they make living things more flexible in their evolution. Once life’s Legos get produced, in other words, evolution can start to play.

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Inspiration to keep trying

January 30, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Things weren’t easy for the Beatles in the beginning, and this article (and video) make that clear. I find this to be inspirational–in the beginning of an endeavor, you often need to swallow your pride and just keep working at things. Many worthwhile projects are marathons, not sprints.  Further, the 10,000 hour rule will often be part of the process, you aren’t an expert at what you are trying to be, not at the very beginning.

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Smaller houses, bigger lives

January 29, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

This article at Grist features many people who have discovered more happiness and a different attitude toward possessions after moving into tiny houses, as small as 100 square feet. Here’s a short article I wrote in 2007 describing houses as small as 40 square feet.

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Your rights regarding debt collectors

January 27, 2013 | By | Reply More

Here’s a well-written article by the Federal Trade Commission about your rights with regard to debt collectors.

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