At the tableau conference – he walked on stage and started talking but there was no sound then he said “just kidding! I was just messing with the sound guy” – such a great speaker and presentation. A part of the slideshow included this amazing video:
Which brought to my mind the movie Pitch Black, in which everywhere light is shined, there are things waiting to destroy you. I’m pretty sure our crippled space program will result in all of our deaths. Well, all of us except Vin Diesel.
Such a good time with Lori, the dogs and Lizzy out at inks lake.
Well, the Dutch are out, as much as Robben tried to “make it so.”
Cannot unsee: The World Cup logo is Captain Picard facepalming: http://pic.twitter.com/3kTqgaCB4o
But seriously, great World Cup so far.
I have a small quibble with Neil deGrasse* Tyson’s statement in Cosmos:
In science, the only thing that counts is the evidence and the logic of the argument itself
Depending on the scientific pursuit in question, logic may have very much to very little if nothing at all to do with what the evidence shows. Biological research can sometimes fly in the face of logic. In my mind, the relative weight of logic to evidence follows a downward trajectory from physics to chemistry to biology to social and behavioral sciences.
The reason I point this out is that for many individuals not exposed to research or science on a deeper level than grade school and television, science can have the veneer of a logical endeavor. When faced with evidence that seems illogical to some, such as the enduring confusion around evolution, the tendency is to reject it on a basis of logic. So I would rephrase the above statement to say “In science, the only thing that counts is the evidence and that the evidence has been repeatedly and independently verified.”
*deGrasse is a recognized word in my browser’s dictionary
I’m hopeful that my strategy for arguing my property taxes down works. I noticed that this year the county tax appraisal district almost doubled my land value; my house (improvement) value also went up. Considering home prices in Austin, I didn’t even try to convince them that my improvement value should go down. Instead, I found two empty lots for sale nearby that, when averaging the sales prices as well as averaging the county appraised values, brought my overall property appraised value down below what it was last year. Using they county’s appraised values actually gave me the lower of the two valuations. Here’s hoping they buy my well-reasoned argument.
I really love MetaFilter sometimes. Not only was the link in the post a well-written and interesting take on communication and relationships, but some very high-quality comments ensued:
Presumably the dialogue isn’t meant to be a panacea, but it seems unlikely to do much when there’s a poisonous subtext to the bad behavior. Given that we assume of others what we know of ourselves, it seems worth thinking about how such a conversation is actually likely to unfold.
So, maybe I should be watching Key and Peele, in addition to reading MetaFilter.
I can only assume that’s why these songs were paired (or this song will be followed by a Hall & Oates, Simon & Garfunkel, Captain & Tennille, and Sonny & Cher, and the Pandora algorithm is far simpler than I suspected):
It has been very frustrating trying to check work email (Exchange Online / Office365), because I wasn’t getting all of my folders – most importantly my Archive folder where everything goes (Inbox Zero!). I finally found a solution that worked for me and got my folders loading on my Android device, with the stock mail app. Incidentally, I didn’t find a good replacement for the stock mail app, at least for Exchange servers.