Monthly Archives: July 2008

Unsolved Mysteries: The veri-normal kind

… as opposed to paranormal. I like my conspiracies and para-normal stuff as much as your average pulp-minded citizen, but sometimes the real normal or veri-normal (cute, huh?) is even more fun. The latest mystery is in today’s NYT, in an article about how scientiests are still trying to figure out why glass is hard: […]

Number-crunching: Bill James going soft?

Just kindle-bought Bob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Legends, and am amused by Bill James’s prologue: The academics have won. The standards of accuracy that began in academia have been embraced by paid reporters and have now spread to the limitless legions of dignified researchers, pouding out accurate if boring biographies about absent and long-dead […]

Soft Eyes, Hard Eyes, Design Thought from The Wire

As with every TV show hit, I’m to-DVD months late on The Wire, the fourth season of which I’m watching now.  Episode 4, written by emerging fave author Dennis Lehane, has a great scene with design wisdom in it.  Bunk is walking with Kima to her first crime scene as a homicide detective, giving her […]

Loving Web2.0: Baseball Boss

Just spent a very fun hour on BaseballBoss, a fantasy-like service that people have been predicting for years. It allows you to create teams, drawing on players from all eras of baseball. Here’s a sampling of potential team members, using the baseball card metaphor: The explanation at the top is part of a nicely crafted […]

Internet Attention Deficit Disorder

Really great article in The Atlantic about the internet’s possible impact on our cognitive structures/patterns/modes. The title, “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, sounds like the usual whingeing about the internet — how it hurts our spelling, makes us less polite, decreases our capacity for independent thought, makes us less inclinced to memorize epic poetry, etc. […]