Archive for December, 2008

President-Elect Obama’s Christmas Present to America: Science

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

“…promoting science isn’t just about providing resources.  It’s about protecting free and open inquiry.  It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology… because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth, and a greater understanding of the world around us.”

Pseudo-socialism

Friday, December 19th, 2008

From an article by Andrei Shleifer, emphasis mine: There is, however, a class of cases where the argument against government ownership is not as straightforward. In these cases, cost reductions for which private suppliers have stronger incentives have potentially deleterious effects on the non-contractible quality. For example, private prisons might abuse prisoners by hiring cheaper […]

A Note on Humility

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

As mentioned before, I recently performed some major maintenance on the site.  In the process, I found myself reading through a lot of my old posts.  I found some to be really valuable in certain ways, but others I’m frankly a little disappointed in myself to have written.  I offer two examples, each of which featured […]

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Migrating from Nucleus to WordPress

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Apparently the consequence for neglecting a blog for too long and failing to diligently update its software is that spammers will hijack it and insert invisible links to male enhancement products. Not that I didn’t realize this before, but… Anyway, I’ve moved to a different CMS and taken steps to at least harden it against […]

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