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On The Hazards of Free

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:14:08 +0000

In the past week or so, we have a few more examples of why it may not be a good idea to depend on free. The first involves Padlet, a service that began about six years ago under the name Wallwisher. Padlet allows users to create a virtual bulletin board and then include others as […]

Photo Post – Science Festival

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:42:08 +0000

Last weekend, DC hosted the USA Science and Engineering Festival. This was the fifth biennial event, which started life in 2010 as an overgrown science fair spread across the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue. I have a few images on Flickr from that year, as well as from 2012 and 2016. Not sure why I […]

Digging Into My Facebook Data

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:51:34 +0000

Facebook has been in the spotlight lately, over a variety of issues related to how they collect and use the data of their “members”. Which means they’re doing a lot of apologizing and tinkering with their system, hoping to avoid more negative publicity and political interference. But even without the recent problems, Facebook would be […]

Finding the Tall Poppies

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:42:45 +0000

In a previous post I explained my process for keeping up with what’s going on the in world without turning on TV news. It’s pretty simple, very personal, and definitely not for everyone. Recently I got a little reinforcement for my approach from a “futurist” whose approach for reading less news and being better informed […]

Photo Post

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:30:08 +0000

Kathy and I had the opportunity to tour the greenhouses where the Smithsonian cultivates the flowers and plants used for exhibits and general decoration in all their museums. It was a wonderful way to spend a cold, windy afternoon. Below are a few of my shots. More of mine are in this gallery and Kathy’s […]

Hey, Alexa. Explain Your Algorithms.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:29:07 +0000

Lately I seem to reading a lot about artificial intelligence. Between all the self-driving car projects and many, many predictions about robots coming for our jobs (and our children), the topic is rather hard to avoid. The topic is interesting but also somewhat scary since we’re talking about creating machines that attempt to replicate, and […]

The Real Meaning of Pi

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:09:04 +0000

Today is Pi Day. Because the 14th of March could be written as 3.14, the first three digits for the irrational number we all learned something about in elementary mathematics. Of course, this little bit of trivia only works if you’re writing the date as we do in the US. The whole exercise falls apart […]