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April Fool Day on

Here’s what looks like today: Note the picture of camel.  I wonder if this is a joke by the server’s operators or a friendly prank by someone in the Perl community…

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A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney

Generally, I tend to stay away from political commentary.  But this is way too funny, not to mention that it brings back fond memories of QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter… From New York Times:

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BMJ goes myth-busting

The British Medical Journal recently did some serious myth-busting (see part one and part two). Apparently, all of the following are myths: Sugar causes hyperactivity in children Suicides increase over the holidays Poinsettia is toxic Not wearing a hat causes … Continue reading

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Dani Rodrik’s academic fantasy

Dani Rodrik writes: I once had a fantasy. I would devote a whole year, perhaps a sabbatical, just to reading and thinking, and would not write anything. I mean really nothing: no papers, no articles, no op-eds, no contributions to … Continue reading

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Another dispatch from the Central Coast

The fire is said to have spread to the area of 5,400 acres and shows no signs of abatement…

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California’s Central Coast on fire

Well, not all of it, if course… The photo above was taken today in Goleta, CA, from approximately this location:

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Making WordPress Private

Every once in a while, it may be necessary to build a WordPress-powered site only accessible to registered users. Interestingly, a very simple theme hack can take care of this. All you need to do is to include the following … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman wants to be a songwriter

Paul Krugman writes: Oh my God. How could I have missed the fact that Suzanne Vega is blogging for the Times? In my next life I want to be a songwriter — precisely because I can’t imagine how it’s done. … Continue reading

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Eugenics and evolutionary theory

A question from Askville: Is eugenics rooted in and inspired by evolutionary theory? The New Oxford American Dictionary defines eugenics as “the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed … Continue reading

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