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DW Budd
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Ground, She's Moving Under Me
They made us too smart, too quick and too many. We are suffering for the mistakes they made because when the end comes, all that will be left is us. That's why they hate us. One of the many moments of the (in my opinion, very under-rated) movie AI: Artifici...

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Just One Question
Another day, another outrage.  It all gets very depressing fast. Very reductive. Very boring. For those not following the travelling outrage circus, yesterday, it was reported (first, in fringe media, then more mainstream) that a NASA Jet Propulsions Lab (J...

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A Million Little Pinpricks
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For On my way in to work this morning on the bus, I came across this story, published in Le Parisien   (apologies; article is in French). 20 millions d'euros, 2,50 m de haut... Cette « clôture antiballes » devrait s'érig...

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It's Raining Today
It's been, weather-wise, a difficult winter thus far in northern California. Cold, with a fair number of bleak, rainy days. Today is like many others; as I am looking out my window, some very dark clouds have crept over the Santa Cruz mountains, and are now...

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And Then There Were None
Over the nearly 10 years I've posted comments (more off than on), I have not spent a lot of time talking about the job that I do; this is in part by design and in part because making mathematical models is not really terribly interesting to most people.  No...

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Last Week the Bird Tipped
There He Goes Last week, as anyone who has not been watching "another channel" (Another channel?!? It was on all of the channels) knows, the United States held general elections, and the voters shocked, I suspect, even themselves in electing Donald Trump as...

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Everything IS OK Until it Isn't
Yesterday, the 20th of October was the Great California Shakeout ; it's an annual event in which people living here in California go through a series of events designed to remind us that we are living in an area where earthquakes - damaging earthquakes - ha...

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What Is in YOUR Wallet
Another quick essay stolen from myself over at Quora (I highly  recommend the site) Today, I received a question asking if I "believe that (I) pay more taxes than Donald Trump?" The explicit subtext to the question, presuming a "yes" answer, was "Does that ...

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Cloudy With a Chance of Smug
One of the benefits for people who enjoy information sharing of the internet is that there is a multitude of fora where one can engage like-minded (and more importantly, people of differing views) individuals on various topics. My personal favourite is Quor...

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Because Numbers Matter
Trigger warning (with no irony intended): I am going to be trying to make some points based on numbers. Some of the numbers might be considered controversial, the consequences of those numbers may make some unconformtable, and the conclusions may even be of...
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