Mind of Dan: 65 Years

The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there’s no good reason to go into space–each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision. No related posts.

Mind of Dan: Are they still bothering with that stupid null hypotheses?

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Art Threat: The arts are vital to our prosperity

Every day we wake up and try to strike a balance between getting our own lives lived well and the reality of life. There is always something going on that is larger than us: unrest sweeping through Libya and Egypt; an surge in the capitalist system that is creating an ever larger gap between rich ...

Exponential Book: My thoughts on CCP

The Division of Computational Physics of the American Physical Society has now its own blog, brought to you by its very own executive committee, of which I am presently a “member-at-large” (soon to be apprehended and brought into custody, I guess). The latest post advertises the upcoming conference on computational physics (CCP 2011), to be ...

Exponential Book: Make up your mind, already !

Academic job seekers are sometimes in the fortunate position of choosing one of several job offers (not often these days, given the difficult job market). This happens both at the postdoctoral, as well as the faculty level. The reason is simple; someone needing a job will send out as many applications as possible, and it ...

Exponential Book: Great blog. By the way, you are full of it.

Last week I was in Dallas, at the annual March meeting of the American Physical Society, attended by members of the Division of Condensed Matter and Computational physics. For different reasons I ended up spending quite a bit of time talking to postdoctoral fellows (postdocs). Some of these individuals are former graduate students of mine; ...

PoliTeching: A New Innovation Center for Progress; Nuclear Debate

I’ve been following the nuclear debate online. I have not blogged anything about Japan’s nuclear plant crisis because there is not enough information coming out (as far as the plant’s condition is concern). Some people on both sides of the nuclear debate have wasted no time in using the crisis to express their nuclear sentiments. ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Japan tsunami

No politics, entertainment, business or whatever, and for the obvious reasons … Certainly this is a sad day with the news about one of the biggest earthquakes (8.9, off Honshu, although some reports say as much as 9.2) and tsunamis ever recorded causing massive damage to Japan and other countries, even affecting the West Coast ...

Pop The Stack: Sure science is great, but how does it make you feel?

A new study indicates that high school teachers in the US overwhelmingly softsell evolution in biology class. Beyond the 13% of teachers that actively teach creationism, apparently around 60% of teachers encourage students to treat this foundation of modern science as a moral belief.  The ‘controversy’ around evolution has been exaggerated to such an extent that teachers who ...

Intermittent Blogging Ahead

Well, it looks like 2011 will be as bad as 2010, with regards to my professional life (among other things). (Yes, my mother died last June, but I don’t expect anyone from my immediate family to pass away this year …) Back there, I explained how the CIHR screwed me around. This time, I got ...

Pop The Stack: Happy New Year 41 U.E.

In just about four and a half hours it will be New Years in Greenwich,UK. You know what that means, time itself will be 41 years old. That is, it will be the 1293840000 seconds (ignoring leap seconds) since Dawn of the Unix Epoch on Jan 1,1970. The moment most computers use as a reference ...

Pop The Stack: A nod is as good as a wink to a blind bat

Another day, another justification for dropping the mandatory long-form census by the Conservative government.  Today’s argument comes from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty; he basically argues that because a bunch of policy wonks came voluntarily to a meeting when invited by the Federal Finance Minister that most Canadians will fill out a 40 page census form if they ...

Pop The Stack: On Predicting the Future of Science and Technology

We must be wary not to overestimate the progress of science and equally wary we not underestimate the progress of technology. Just a thought that occurred to me today. People are always eager to predict that science will be ‘pretty much done’ in the next 30 years, answering all the hard questions and progressing at ...

Pop The Stack: Time for Rex to Go

Ever since I cut Rex Murphy out of my life (see Goodbye Rex) it seems he’s been popping up more and more trying to get my attention back.   I’ve been trying not to listen to him but today I gave in when I found this.  I’m sure I could link directly to the CBC video, ...

Pop The Stack: A Dark Source for our Familiar Myths

Just a quick comment on this fascinating story up at the newscientist about the  possible dark matter original of our familar bright constellation stars. I’m quite interested in astronomy and I didn’t know that most of the bright stars that make up the most familiar constellations in our skies (Orion, canis major, the souther cross, ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: December 21st, 2012: The Day The World WON’T End

(I’ve taken the unusual step of posting this article both here and on my other blog because I believe this is a developing scam that is going to bilk a lot of people in the coming years, and that sort of thing really annoys me.) According to many, the world is going to end on ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: December 21st, 2012: The Day The World WON’T End

(I’ve taken the unusual step of posting this article both here and on my other blog because I believe this is a developing scam that is going to bilk a lot of people in the coming years, and that sort of thing really annoys me.) According to many, the world is going to end on ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: December 21st, 2012: The Day The World WON’T End

(I’ve taken the unusual step of posting this article both here and on my other blog because I believe this is a developing scam that is going to bilk a lot of people in the coming years, and that sort of thing really annoys me.) According to many, the world is going to end on ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Astrologyzone.com Didn’t See This Coming

Dear Blogger.com: I love you guys. Really, I do. A lot of us do. But you’ve recently handed me (and it appears, hundreds of other bloggers) a real pain in the ass in the form of evil, rampaging robots. More specifically, you’ve apparently unleashed a horde of hungry ‘bots designed to weed out the many ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Astrologyzone.com Didn’t See This Coming

Dear Blogger.com: I love you guys. Really, I do. A lot of us do. But you’ve recently handed me (and it appears, hundreds of other bloggers) a real pain in the ass in the form of evil, rampaging robots. More specifically, you’ve apparently unleashed a horde of hungry ‘bots designed to weed out the many ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Astrologyzone.com Didn’t See This Coming

Dear Blogger.com: I love you guys. Really, I do. A lot of us do. But you’ve recently handed me (and it appears, hundreds of other bloggers) a real pain in the ass in the form of evil, rampaging robots. More specifically, you’ve apparently unleashed a horde of hungry ‘bots designed to weed out the many ...