There’s been a major breakthrough in the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. Every face-to-face friend I’ve told about this has found it fascinating, and one of my regulars has rightly suggested I should blog it. It seems many cases of Alzheimer’s may be due to brain infection by the herpes simplex Type I virus — the… Continue reading Alzheimer’s and Herpes
I am not sure when or where I first encountered it, but the theory that the Arthurian cycle of legends might be rooted in the mythology of Scythia and the Sarmathians instantly struck me as not only plausible but almost certainly correct. The Sarmatians (and the closely-related or identical tribe of Alans) introduced armored heavy… Continue reading From Scythia to Camelot with Thud and Blunder
A commenter writes, replying to my previous post on Eric and the Quantum Experts: >Eric, you may still have a chance to revolutionize physics, since decoherence by itself may not completely solve the problem. Alas, I am probably too old now. There is a way outside chance I could do it, yes, but,…hmm…how to explain… Continue reading Old physicists fade away
On my favorite mailing list, it was written: > Anyway, if you think someone who lives and breathes some field is missing > some obvious point, they’re probably right and you’re probably wrong. Generally I think this is true. However, I hereby submit the story of Eric and the Quantum Experts as a cautionary tale… Continue reading Eric and the Quantum Experts: A Cautionary Tale
A commenter wrote: Think about it: guys like Leo Dicaprio or Owen Wilson for example. These guys are not exactly manly men but seem more like teen boys. There’s no need to invoke exotic theories like endocrine disruptors; they’re just reflecting the zeitgeist. I just turned 51, and a disturbingly large percentage of men in… Continue reading Where the men are
Scary news stories are beginning to make the rounds of the blogosphere about endocrine disruptors – synthetic chemical pollutents that mimic the effects of estrogen and have supposedly already created a generation of feminized young men and boys with shrunken genitals and preferences shifted towards girls’ toys.
I did some writing I’m feeling rather proud of today. It is storyline text from a Battle For Wesnoth campaign I’m working on. I’ve decided to post it here as a teaser and let my readers have the fun of deducing the kind of context in which it makes sense.
In Open Source: The Model Is Broken, Stuart Cohen complains that the business model based on selling support and services around open-source software is “not meeting the expectations of investors”. In related news, the sky is failing to meet my expectations by not raining tasty soup.