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Another way to compile Python.
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For some reason Orwell’s novel makes the regime nervous.
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An extraordinary American astronomer, born 151 years ago today.
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Results cast doubt on the theory that Earth’s water came from comets.
2014-12-09 Another Dismal Review of Aslan’s Zealot
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth could only have been written by someone entirely unaware of the most recent and widely respected scholarship on Second Temple Judaism.” Has anyone seen a positive review of this book by any historian?
2014-12-08 Python Books
A large catalog, some free to download. Nicely presented, with cover images.
2014-12-07 Comet dust found in Antarctica
“Researchers have discovered comet dust preserved in the ice and snow of Antarctica, the first time such particles have been found on Earth’s surface.”
2014-12-06 Religious tests for public office exist in seven states
Mississippi’s Constitution says, “No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.”
2014-12-06 I ❤ Julia
Some great things about the Julia language.
2014-11-19 Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience
Why are America’s defenders of science obsessed with ludicrous freakshows such as Ken Ham’s creationist museum, but fail to get worked up over the rampant superstition on display at their local supermarket? Thanks to Michael Schulson for writing this back in February.
2014-11-15 Why Does Malala Yusufzai’s Nobel Bother So Many On The Left?
Pervez Hoodbhoy asks many poignant questions. I think some of the answers can be found in a recent book.
2014-11-15 Rosetta scientists plan to eventually land the mothership
“That's the right way to die.”
2014-11-12 Display of Fecundity
An ancient signalling.
2014-11-08 Julia: A fresh approach to numerical computing
An article by the creators of Julia.
2014-11-03 The Fall Guy
CDC security guard assigned to the President is suddenly fired. We don’t have all the relevant details, but it seems unfair.
2014-11-03 Jeffrey Tayler on Reza Aslan
“intentionally trying to obscure cause and effect where faith is concerned, as Aslan does, is morally reprehensible, is insensitive to the victims, and provides cover for their butchers.”
2014-10-30 Houston Mayor Backs Down
The overbroad and abusive nature of her subpoenas made their disappearance inevitable, either through legal challenge or political embarrassment.
2014-10-25 Pro Git 2nd Edition
Git is essential software. But there is a lot to learn. This highly regarded book is now out in a substantially updated version.
2014-10-25 The Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23, 2014
Enjoy my brief note on the Arlington Planetarium website.
2014-10-24 Vatican Library Puts 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Online
This is an incredible bounty offered to the world by the library founded in 1451.
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