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Mini Myth Medley

That’s statistically better than guessing by a little bit. Adam Savage This was Adam’s observation regarding people’s ability to identify the palms of their hands.  In their experiment, 7 out of 12 people correctly identified their palm.  I can only guess that Adam’s was implying that 6/12 would have been the result of “guessing”, but […]

Colbert & Tyson

I am posting to make a brief return from my hiatus.  The reasons for my recent dry-spell have been many-fold.  In addition to scholarly deadlines and much-appreciated vacation, I had my DVR die, which had some back episodes of Mythbusters I had been meaning to get to. Not to mention the fact that I’ve been […]

Makers and the Internet

It seems like a no-brainer that the internet has been a blessing to makers all over the world.  And I won’t begin to argue that the maker/hacker community is better off without it.  But I will say that for me, the internet has a very real drawback.  And if the internet has taught me anything, […]

For the Fourth

I was in my apartment for the 4th of July fireworks this year, but fortunately a local television station simulcasts the fireworks on T.V., so I can watch them from home.  It was a very elaborate show, and they actually have music to which the fireworks are synchronized.  I was very excited when I noticed […]

“Informed” Consent

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Winston Churchill I really try not to be a cynical person, but I’m afraid it’s in my nature.  I’ve either come by it genetically, or I’ve cultured a cynic’s attitude over the years.  I think, if channeled in a healthy manner, cynicism manifests itself […]