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  • Did DNA Come From Viruses?
    Do viruses predate cells, and was the first DNA viral?
  • Adventures in Ethics and Science: Plagiarism and Podcasts.
    Call me a Luddite, but I hate podcasts. If I wanted my computer to make noise, I’d lick my finger and rub the monitor.
  • Roddick Targets Nestlé after Corporate ‘Sell-Out’
    To put it in the idiom Roddick so consciously adopts: lying slag.
  • 3QD: brains and computers.
    A very readable introduction to computer hardware architecture, its relationship to actual computing, and some ideas about brain function that arise from computer methodologies. This is the third of three parts, Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.
  • Cool Tool: Forearm Forklift
    I want a set of these for next time we have to move that bloody cabinet.
  • How to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off
    I really should give this a try.
  • Hanzi Smatter 一知半解
    Dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters in Western culture.
  • The Conservative Nanny State
    “In his new book, economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of “nanny state” policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. It’s time for the rules to change. Sound economic policy should harness the market in ways that produce desirable social outcomes — decent wages, good jobs and affordable health care.” Baker also runs the blog Beat The Press, and came up with interesting ideas about how best to divide govt spending between Big Pharma subsidies and NIH research support. The book is available as a free download; see chapter 5 for the reasoning.
  • one red paperclip
    “My name is Kyle MacDonald and I am trying to trade one red paperclip for a house. I started with one red paperclip on July 12th, 2005 and I am making a series of trades for bigger or better things. My current item up for trade is one afternoon with Alice Cooper.” On Kyle’s site, you can trace the trade history from one red paperclip to an afternoon with the King of Shock Rock. Brilliant. (Via rebecca blood.)
  • The Open Knowledge Foundation – The Open Knowledge Foundation – Home Page
    “A technological revolution has created immense opportunities for increased and more equitable access to knowledge, as well as for its collaborative development. But we are yet to realize much of this potential, and in order to do so two main challengges must be met. First, we must to develop the tools and the institutions to take advantage of these new possibilities for the creation and distribution of knowledge. Second, we must ensure that these opportunities are not eliminated by the ever increasing proprietization of knowledge as individuals and corporations seek to fence off knowledge for the sake of short term profit. The Open Knowledge Foundation exists to address these challenges by promoting the openness of knowledge in all its forms, in the belief that greater access to information will have far-reaching social and commercial benefits.”
  • Open Knowledge Foundation Weblog » Blog Archive » The Four Principles of (Open) Knowledge Development
    “Open knowledge means porting much more of the open source stack than just the idea of open licensing. It is about porting many of the processes and tools that attach to the open development process — the process enabled by the use of an open approach to knowledge production and distribution.”
  • The Argument For Computational Open Access | Science Commons
    “As the scholarly literature moves to digital form, what is actually needed to move beyond a system that just replicates all of our assumptions that this literature is only read, and read only by human beings, one article at a time? What is needed to permit the creation of digital libraries hosting these materials that moves beyond the “incunabular” view of the literature, to use Greg Crane’s very provocative recent characterization. What is needed to allow the application of computational technologies to extract new knowledge, correlations and hypotheses from collections of scholarly literature?”
  • Paper Sculpture – a photoset on Flickr
    No scissors. No kidding.
  • – The plight of the orphan space
    Orphan space rejuvenation, what a great idea. I’ve seen some neighborhoods in Portland do this sort of thing.

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