Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Turing Test as Gender Discrimination

I jumped into discussion of a comment by Greg Laden on Facebook that touched on the Turing test. There was a comment by Dan Fincke that got me interested: indeed, at this point I’m generally more impressed when I’m convinced a girl talking to me online is NOT a robot My reply: Dan, Ironically enough,… Read More »

Price of Misunderstanding?

Miriam Markowitz has a piece in The Nation about George Price and the Price equation, a significant advance in mathematics for population biology. Along the way, she discusses this as resolving a problem left by Charles Darwin. This conclusion left a paradox unresolved in Darwin’s otherwise elegant theory. He insisted that natural selection acts on… Read More »

An Idea for the New Public Works Initiative

What should we do to employ more people? What should we do to get closer to energy independence? What if we did something that helps both at the same time? A major issue with alternative energy systems like solar and wind power is that it isn’t (yet) quite as cost-efficient as oil, coal, or gas.… Read More »

UF Gators v. USF Bulls (2010/09/11)

I took some more photos from the stands during the game this past weekend. This time I used the Nikon D2Xs and my Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens. What the lens lacks in the reach of the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 G lens I used last week it makes up for in resolution. Unfortunately, it is physically… Read More »

A Modest (Tax) Proposal

I think I agree with Rep. Boehner that our wealthiest citizens should not be excluded from receiving a tax break. The GOP claims those citizens can make things better for the rest of us, if only the government doesn’t tax them personally. That has an obvious corollary, that those 2% of citizens have a lot… Read More »

Gators v. RedHawks (2010/09/04)

My dad, sister, brother-in-law, and I went to the University of Florida Gators versus University of Miami (Ohio) RedHawks game last Saturday. I carried along a Fujifilm J10 point-and-shoot camera and my Nikon D2Xs with a Nikkor 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G lens to take some photos. We got there a bit early to try to find… Read More »