Random Thoughts

Love: An Almost Scientific Investigation

What Is Love ?

If I could answer that long-standing question in precise scientific terms with error bars I would be sure to get a Nobel prize and lynched.
Content Is King

Whether writing or making videos, create content that will appeal to your chosen demographic and then make it fun.  Even better: present it in Dave's unique non-scripted overly enthusiastic style!
David L. Jones - inventor of the beesdick as a new S.I. unit - knows how to appeal to electronics aficionados almost everywhere.  I say almost because there are some who don't like the way he does what he does.  And the threat from one viewer to "beat him to death with a teaspoon" should have attracted the attention of Interpol.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is continuing its long-standing policy of defending dead animals by exploiting live human women.

Well, clearly it works, since I am giving them free publicity by hammering on their lack of ethics in my blog once again, but at least this time it is not about their being anti-science crackpots or killing animals they say they want to protect, it is about about their annual effort to make vegans sexy by objectifying attractive women in their Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest.
Why Science Needs Pete Williams

Way To Go Pete!

Pete "I dont want to be trending" Williams is currently trending worldwide on Twitter despite having tweeted very few times. The reason? He has proven to be very accurate in his reports on the Boston Marathon bombers.

Where others rushed to report any wild rumour, Pete Williams has applied caution, honesty and ethics to his profession, so much so that he has become the "go to" source for accurate information.
FBI Releases Images of Two Suspects

The FBI today released images of two males suspected of planting the Boston Marathon bombs.

Shortly afterwards the FBI website crashed, no doubt due to demand for these images.

As a public service I am posting the images in my blog and I encourage other bloggers to please do the same.  Copy from this blog if the FBI site is still down: there can surely be no copyright issues.

Let's all help catch these unspeakables.

If you recognize these scumbags, call 1-800-CALL-FBI

Apres un long silence

Apres un long silence, dont je ne chercherai pas a m'excuser,
j'ai le plaisir de vous communiquer ...

After a long silence, for which I will not try to apologize,
I am pleased to inform you ...

On the Electricity excited by the mere Contact of conducting substances of different kinds. 
In a letter from Mr. Alexander Volta, F.R.S. Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Pavia, to the Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. K.B. P.R.S.
Read to the Royal Society June 26, l800
To those who follow my twitter account: my account was hacked over a week ago, and only today could I get it back to work (the twitter support team is not -hehm- a prize-winning one).

So while I am busy deleting the >200 tweets that were (I believe automatically) posted there, you can safely add me back if you (understandably) masked me out.
When I was a kid, I would happily play around with both words and numbers – I still do. Both have their aesthetic appeal. Whether it is constructing and deconstructing mathematical puzzles or cryptic crosswords, they appear as small artefacts that reveal a grander architecture. Combine this with the serendipity of the internet, and Pi Day was just a hop, skip and jump away from Richard Feynman and pilish poetry.
I've determined that I won't write blogs about dumb science unless I encounter at least three in a row.  I probably won't actually adhere to that, but it seemed like a convenient excuse to write this piece.

For the record, the first two were about gambling as serving an evolutionary function and that elite athletes are cognitively elite also.  

As usual, these either resembled more "just-so" stories, or they represented totally obvious irrelevancies under the guise that something substantive was being stated.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen as Pope Francis, leader of the Holy See in Rome. That's all well and good, it's nice that heavily-Catholic South America is getting its due and I found it interesting that a Jesuit chose to name himself after a Franciscan.