Text 23 Jul deserving of some exposure

Zach Jud… remember that name for a second.

You’ve probably heard about 6th grade science fair project that seemed to be groundbreaking in regards to invasive lionfish populations and their ability to live in brackish or possibly even fresh water estuaries. Amazing and important research taht deserves attention you say! To good to be true that a 6th grader came up with teh results and not, say, a marine biology grad student you say! IT’S PROBABALY BOTH!

"At this stage in my career, this type of national exposure would be invaluable…if only my name was included in the stories," Jud wrote on his Facebook page. “I feel like my hands are tied. Anything I say will come off as an attempt to steal a little girl’s thunder, but it’s unethical for her and her father to continue to claim the discovery of lionfish in estuaries as her own.”

Yep. The girl’s dad is buddies with Jud’s former lab supervisor.

"Most of you are aware of the massive amount of time I put into exposing kids to science, and I obviously don’t want to do anything to diminish this young lady’s curiosity or enthusiasm," he writes. "I’m thrilled that she chose to look at lionfish for her science fair project, but encouraging an outright lie is poor parenting and a horrible way to introduce a youngster to a career in the sciences."

Video 22 Jul 1 note

She’s got me askin’ her whyyyyyy…  #self #superfakenice #runaway

Text 22 Jul 3 notes the new yorker for free


The New Yorker has a new site and, to encourage folks to check it out, they’re offereing everything new for free through the end of the summer:

Beginning this week, absolutely everything new that we publish — the work in the print magazine and the work published online only — will be unlocked. All of it, for everyone. Call it a summer-long free-for-all. Non-subscribers will get a chance to explore The New Yorker fully and freely, just as subscribers always have. Then, in the fall, we move to a second phase, implementing an easier-to-use, logical, metered paywall. Subscribers will continue to have access to everything; non-subscribers will be able to read a limited number of pieces — and then it’s up to them to subscribe. You’ve likely seen this system elsewhere — at the Times, for instance — and we will do all we can to make it work seamlessly.

Here are a few suggestions of somewhere to start.

Text 21 Jul cheese nerd-ery


This is probably more than you ever wanted to know about cheese and designing and studying microbe ecosystems.

It turns out the limited variety of microbes in cheese makes for a very efficient way ofculturing and studying them. Other ecosystems apparently way too diverse to study.

Here’s a link to the paper, Cheese Rind Communities Provide Tractable Systems for In Situ and In Vitro Studies of Microbial Diversity.

Text 20 Jul a direct line to 1994

oh man, I hadn’t listed to this in a long time. I was reminded by this funny interview with Vanessa Bayer from SNL.

Silverchair - Tomorrow by will78

Photo 19 Jul Lane & Charles

Lane & Charles

Text 18 Jul physical search engines

Think of Google’s cars as web crawlers that are, instead, searching the physical environment and are piloting in a few cities right now.

Google’s fleet of city-mapping cars are now working to measure urban natural gas leaks. The technology giant’s collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), announced on 16 July, equips Google’s Street View cars with sensors to detect methane leaking from ageing city pipes, through city streets and into the atmosphere… . The team found thousands of leaks in Boston… at a rate of roughly one per every mile (1.6 kilometres) of road driven.”

It’s as if, in order to map the physical (a seemingly low tech task) they’ve ahd to skip over it and return to it with technology learned from the digital.

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Photo 16 Jul George, Mr., Dwight, Dirk #ifyoucanfindthem #maybeyoucanhire

George, Mr., Dwight, Dirk #ifyoucanfindthem #maybeyoucanhire

Text 15 Jul eight days of Al continues


two down, six to go… yes it’s silly, no it’s not biting satire, and I can’t say I’m disappointed.

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