I live north of Harbin Hot Springs, a "health resort," which catered (it burned in the 2015 Valley Fire) to new-age types  who have yet have to find an alternative-anything that they don't like. Alternative medicine. Alternatives to clothing. They distrust modern technology (except computers and mobile phones, which they use to complain to their friends about how awful modern technology is), especially biotechnology.

New-agers will name their child Raspberry.
I don't like using the term "consumer" because it implies an economic function of the searcher.  There is certainly an economy (exchange of value) in the Searchable Web Ecosystem but "consumers" are really "searchers".  I say "consumers" because people identify with that word more readily than they do with the word "searcher".  A "consumer" is someone like you and me: we consume things.  A "searcher" is someone who is statistically measured in a more clinical environment.


Jan 18 2016 | 7 comment(s)

The few of you who regularly follow this blog may be rightly wondering why I have not published new posts in the last two weeks. The reason is overload. I have a few deadlines on January 31 that I need to meet, and several other errands to attend in the meantime. Hence I have decided to leave the blog behind until the end of this month.

Brain training has come into the spotlight with Tuesday’s announcement by the Federal Trade Commission that the popular website Lumosity will be forced to pay a $2 million settlement for making false advertising claims.

I couldn't help but laugh — one has to, or cry: the headline read, "EPA looks to build on 2015 wins this year," in The Hill, January 4th.

                  Einstein’s God in physics
   In contrast to the known religious with human prayers as main attribute, Einstein’s God is a sincerely scientific one stimulating new research “I want to know God's thoughts... the rest are details”. Its distinguished substance implicitly ‘personalizes’ the answer to the ultimate “Why” of the empirical and math regularities in physics, principally independent of science successes. Without sense of false embarrassment, it is a satisfaction psychological element in physics research not hurting, but rather inciting that research.
Google this: conservative vs liberal brain and you'll find 546,000 hits. Only a minority of these hits will link to well presented, bias free science.

The first hit leads to bullets with references you can track down yourself such as:

The New York Times continues its grand tradition of always letting its ideology trump sound science and journalism at every opportunity. In a 25-page opus last weekend, they published a piece seeming to portray an evil corporate entity callously and recklessly poisoning the water in an Ohio river watershed home to 100,000 innocent people.

While dating in the workplace is not inherently bad and cannot be effectively forbidden there are certain rules that go with that.  Don’t date subordinates, if you do find them a new supervisor, if you end it don’t also end their employment/threaten their career.  Christian Ott violated all three of these basic rules in how he treated Io Kleiser his student.   The old case of Timothy Slater is more troubling in what happened, reassuring in what was done about him, but should trouble any who believe in due process and redemption for what is happening now.  

Pre-test Q: What in blue blazes does he mean by that? (Answer at the end)
**A commenter pointed out to me the apparent insensitivity of the juxtaposition of "Watermelon" and Obama. I am sorry — that thought never crossed my mind. IF you'd be so kind as to either read till the end OR skip to it now, you'll see that no such disrespect was intended! I do apologize if anyone was offended--the furthest thing from my mind.  GR