Who hasn't thought about Chasing UFOs?
When I saw "Independence Day" in 1996 I first thought, "A Mac can bring down an entire alien civilization? Their users really are creative!" but then I wondered if some day, someone might actually get paid to find aliens.
Well, that day is here. But I have to warn you, the language is bad in this UFO stuff.
"It takes more work to communicate with someone whose native language isn't the same as yours. And autism goes deeper than language and culture; autistic people are "foreigners" in any society. You're going to have to give up your assumptions about shared meanings." -- Jim Sinclair, "Don't Mourn For Us"
We all say hurtful things to the ones we love. Some things we mean, and others we're just using the other person as a punching bag. Sometimes the damage we do with those words can't be undone and can't be healed, and relationships end. Parent/child relationships are different, though, or should be. As parents, we're supposed to develop thick skins and our children by the age of two are working hard to help us get those thick skins with their repeated cries of "I hate you!" ringing in our ears. Those words and feelings continue on through adolescence as we as parents impose order and rules on our children for their safekeeping.
Having come across this article, "Sleepy medical staff run increased risks of accidents driving home after a night shift
", I couldn't help but be struck by two obvious questions.
(1). Since when does being a medical staff member make any difference in the risks of driving while sleep deprived? If it doesn't matter, then it seems that the study is being unnecessarily specific for something which is common, obvious knowledge.
(2). More importantly, if the risks are dramatically higher for "sleepy medical staff", one has to wonder what the risks are to patients.
Change is a heartless bitch at times and a welcome friend at others--guess it depends on what the change is and whether you saw it coming and welcomed it. Part of being a teacher is accepting a routine of change--semesters pass, summer sessions and minimesters compress a semester, and students come and go. There's a rhythm and flow to courses, and change is constant throughout the semester: students get comfortable, relationships form, knowledge deepens and the class roster goes through changes. Not every student who begins the semester with me will make it to the end. Some leave early, before they've become familiar to me, but others stick around long enough for me to miss their presence.
The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander  was exciting. As I read it, I kept making parallels between building/town design and software design.
We're not talking any kind of architecture here. The whole point of the book is to explain a theory of "living" buildings. They are designed and developed in a way that is more like nature in many ways--iterative, embracing change, flexibility, and repair.
I'm tired of group think and binary thinking and linear thinking in science.
These habits amongst scientists slow science down and squash innovation.
Because I'm sick of this stuff and it happens a lot in my field of stem cells, I'm sponsoring a stem cell essay contest with the only challenge being to think outside the box. Surprise me. Change my thinking. Be concise as there is a 500 word limit.
I spent the day with the family at the zoo, idly thinking about physics, but not enough to blog about it yet. Since it is Memorial Day, a day when one should think about those who gave their lives for our liberty, I considered a war story from my family.
There is one thing men know about women; they are willing to believe anything about you if you just put forth the effort to fool them a little. A tuxedo in the eyes of a woman, for example, adds $10,000 to your income and knocks 10 lbs. off your weight.
Now, it doesn't really do any of those things, even social psychologists would not believe something so silly, but women are willing to give you credit for trying; namely spending 50 bucks on an ill-fitting suit and enduring patent leather shoes for an evening.
Any test is just a snapshot, and attempting to pinpoint someone as a set of x-y coordinates on a political compass is not any different. Nevertheless, since many of us here at the site occasionally sway from discussing hard science and make our subjective views known on a variety of social issues, I thought it would be interesting if our writers could take the test and then publish their
graph in the comments section below this blog entry.
If you believe this is a bad idea--- one of my occasional off-the-wall blogs---feel free to tell me why. Another reason I've appreciated Science 2.0 is that it's made my skin a little thicker!