Thoughts on Science and God

Can a belief in God be reconciled with scientific thought? Richard Feynman (the great explainer) thought so – by acknowledging the power of uncertainty. Uncertainty and skepticism are cornerstones of good scientific practice, regardless of your metaphysical leanings. When one abandons skepticism and doubt, one devolves into a “tyranny of ideas”, and that’s not good Read More …

Fecal Bacteria and McDonald’s Touchscreens

British researchers swabbed every customer kiosk touchscreen at eight (8) McDonald’s restaurants in the London metropolitan area, and found evidence of human gut-related bacteria on every single one – nasty, but not terribly surprising. When hundreds or even thousands of people touch a screen, some are bound to have bacteria on their hands, and that Read More …

The Mini Ice Age: “Oh my God, we’re all gonna die!!”

Low sun spot activity – it’s all the rage today in the hysterical global news media.  Lots of terms are being tossed about like “Mini Ice Age”; it’s going to get “very very cold”, and of course every idiot’s favorite: “Climate Change!”.  The quasi historical reference used to surmise that global temperatures will get frosty Read More …

Gartner Technology Hype Cycle 2018

My all-time favorite emerging technology analysis, presented as a simple curve, largely without comment (as it is pretty self-explanatory). For non-techies, we see technology “hype” which leads to all sorts of unreasonable expectations (thanks to corporate PR, government money parasites, retarded MBAs, and news media wonks), then suddenly, the rug gets pulled out – “you Read More …

Data Integrity and Election Recounts

Updates below the fold. With all of the controversy swirling among both Republicans and Democrats on the recounts underway in Florida and Georgia, I feel that there is something important missing from the debate. Democrats are screaming “Every vote must be counted!” while Republicans yell “Voter fraud!”.  The real question is one of data integrity. Read More …

Fake Xanax Abounds Online – Now if they’d only take a hard look at generics

A WSJ article describes the campaign against fake pharmaceuticals – both through online pharmacies and the “Dark Web”. Summary: only about 5% of the Xanax purchased via the Dark Web was found to be authentic (not really a big surprise there). There was more railing against online pharmacies by none other than the National Association Read More …

Interesting Analysis of California’s “Camp Fire”

The Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog has in interesting analysis of the cause of the wildfires raging in California.  To summarize, a PG&E power line failure occurred about 15 minutes before the fire was first reported, and that fire was first spotted very close to the faulty line. PG&E has a difficult time placing Read More …