Archive for February, 2007

Seven Particles Will Collide

Posted February 28, 2007 By Dave Thomer

I admit, I had lost track of the state of supercollider research. (Don’t we all, from time to time?) So I was happy to spot this article from Reuters about the progress in Europe towards getting the next generation of collider online by the end of the year. A 2000-ton magnet was lowered into a […]

New Category

Posted February 27, 2007 By Dave Thomer

I’ve added an education category to the site. Given how much time I’m spending on the topic, I figure it’s about time. There will continue to be some crossover with philosophy, but this section will be more about the nuts and bolts of teaching. I did a brief “microlesson” presentation in one of my education […]

Responsive Government? What’s That?

Posted February 26, 2007 By Dave Thomer

A bunch of threads are colliding against each other in my head right now. Reuters is reporting on a new poll that shows a majority of Americans want a timeline to withdraw troops from Iraq. In the meantime, there have been numerous reports about the Congressional Democrats’ problems coalescing behind any particular proposal to try […]

Taking the Rest of the Day Off

Posted February 25, 2007 By Dave Thomer

Got a new chair. Still getting used to it, so no deep thoughts tonight. In the meantime, here’s a YouTube clip of Neil Finn playing the song “Silent House,” which he cowrote with the Dixie Chicks. The song is apparently on the upcoming Finn/Crowded House album. There’s a compare and contrast for you.

I Will Not Sit Still for This

Posted February 24, 2007 By Dave Thomer

Minimal posting and computer activity tonight, because when I pulled my chair back from desk to sit down, the back of the thing fell right off. So I’m gonna have to go to an office supply store and get a new, relatively cheap chair that I can start to destroy, all the while dreaming of […]

National Primary in 3 . . . 2 . . .

Posted February 23, 2007 By Dave Thomer

Pennsylvania is going to hold hearings about moving its primary up to Feb. 5, along with, oh, roughly every other state. On the one hand, I would certainly love to have the chance to actually vote in a contested presidential primary. On the other hand, this is the sort of thing that makes people say […]

A Standard Post

Posted February 22, 2007 By Dave Thomer

I did a lot of writing today, so I’m a bit tapped out. Fortunately, I think one thing I wrote is worth sharing. I had to write up a response to Pennsylvania’s academic standards for civics and government in grades 1-12. SHort version: I wasn’t too impressed. Want the long version? See below.

From the Den

Posted February 21, 2007 By Dave Thomer

My brain is not working at all at the moment, but allow me to point you to this web page, where Denny O’Neill – who wrote the socially conscious Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories Robn mentioned a while back – responds to the Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics, which I still think is my favorite thing […]

I Was Young and Foolish Then . . .

Posted February 20, 2007 By Dave Thomer

Once upon a time, as I was trying to figure out the whole being-a-grownup thing, I spent a fair amount of time reading about investing and the financial markets. I particularly enjoyed the message boards at the Motley Fool website, which were a very interesting mix. The Amazon forum in particular was a fascinating conversation […]

Fixing the Voting System, Take Two

Posted February 19, 2007 By Dave Thomer

Not News launched right before the 2000 election, and so it should not be too much of a surprise that we spent a lot of time in our forums in November and December talking about what do about the voting system. And at the time, I was a proponent of using electronic voting machines, ideally […]