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2015-01-31 Have a scientific problem? Steal an answer from nature
My article in Ars Technica about biomimetics appeared today.
2015-01-27 Sal Polisi, Master Woodcarver at South Street Seaport Museum, Dies at 79
Thanks to the Times for taking notice. He sounds like a great guy.
2015-01-23 Dr. House’s Yelp Review
I thought he and his hospital were fictional. Who knew?
2015-01-16 Los Alamos Declassified
Physicist Jeremy Bernstein on the recently declassified photographs from the atomic bomb project.
2015-01-16 On Charlie Hebdo Pope Francis is using the wife-beater’s defence
A moral imbecile in the perfect job.
2015-01-15 French Courage, British Cowardice
The BBC places their policy of adherence to sharia above the most rudimentary journalistic obligations. They need to study at the feet of the reporters of France and all over Europe, who have shown courage, solidarity, and the willingness to risk “offending.”
2015-01-14 The paleo diet: Should you eat like a caveman?
Sensible criticism of the diet fad.
2015-01-12 Saudi cleric condemns snowmen as anti-Islamic
There’s not much else to say.
2015-01-11 Gigantic Paris Rally
“Police vans arrive in Place de la Republique and are applauded. I have never seen this before at a march or demonstration.”
2015-01-11 Quil: Clojure drawing library
Interface to Processing. And a recent entry in the growing tradition of exuberantly literary github pages.
2015-01-10 History of modern man unravels as German scholar is exposed as fraud
This is the story of a devastating scientific fraud. Much of what we thought was new knowledge about neanderthals now appears to have been fabricated.
2015-01-10 xkcd in gnuplot
How to make gnuplot create graphs in the style of xkcd.
2015-01-10 How to Use the Je Suis Charlie Banner
It’s simple.
2015-01-09 gnuplot Cookbook “Earns Out”
My gnuplot Cookbook has earned back its advance and is now generating a quarterly royalty payment. It’s just pizza money, but a pleasant milestone nevertheless, and a source of pride, because 70% of books never earn back their advances. So a hearty thanks to my readers. I hope you found the book useful.
2015-01-08 Je Suis Charlie
Feel free to use the banner that I have in the upper-left corner. Check my stylesheet if you don’t know how to use it.
2015-01-08 Gnuplot Writeup in LWN
My article introducing the famed open-source plotting system appeared today.
2015-01-08 Plotting tools for Linux: gnuplot
My article introducing the famed open-source plotting system.
2015-01-07 More on Streit’s Matzo Factory
This article in Bowery Boogie has much better photographs than the one in the Times, and a lot of them.
2015-01-07 Streit’s Matzo Factory, a Piece of Lower East Side History, Is Moving On
My childhood landmarks are vanishing.
2015-01-05 June will be one second longer.
Because the Earth is slowing down.
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