“The glass is multicoated, hence the “MC” designation. (I have to admit that I love that name MC Zenitar. It sounds like an outer space rap star. “Yo, yo, MC Zenitar aboard the space station, y’all.”)”—MC Zenitar 16mm fisheye lens for EOS
“In reality, what’s left on the Moon now is an American flag, an old car, and some sports equipment. So mankind’s collective ‘giant leap forward’ basically turned the Moon into a meth head’s front yard. And there’s nothing more American than that.”—Jon Stewart, The Daily Show (via inothernews) (via kindacarsick) (via asprettyasasong) (via mikehudack)
“We have estimated the effect of the introduction of the potato on Old World population growth and urbanization. The nutritional and caloric superiority of the potato, and its diffusion from the New World to the Old, allows us to estimate causal effects using a difference-in-differences estimation strategy. According to our most conservative estimates, the introduction of the potato explains 22% of the observed post-1700 increase in population growth. These results show that food and nutrition matter. By increasing the nutritional carrying capacity of land they can have large effects on population.”—
spent most of the day debugging strange maven build issue: during some task windows popup would emerge asking for permission to access filesystem. after extensive googling i found out it is a “feature” of trend micro internet security appliance.
mmc.sess_cab_act.action: validate net.connect_other: false jscan.session.user_ipaddr: 10.177.57.148 jscan.sess_applet_act.sig_invalid: block mmc.sess_cab_act.block_invalid: true thread.thread_num_max: 8 jscan.sess_applet_act.sig_blacklisted: block net.connect_src: true thread.thread_num_limited: true jscan.sess_applet_act.stub_out_blocked_applet: true mmc.sess_cab_act.block_blacklisted: true jscan.session.user_name: 10.177.57.148 thread.threadgroup_create: false file.write.state: disabled —» returning Frame NULL BaseDialog: owner frame is a java.awt.Frame [INFO] ———————————————————————————————————— [ERROR] FATAL ERROR [INFO] ———————————————————————————————————— [INFO] Applet disabled by IWSS Javascan site policy. [INFO] ———————————————————————————————————— [INFO] Trace com.trend.iwss.jscan.runtime.AppletTrapStopError: Applet disabled by IWSS Javascan site policy. at com.trend.iwss.jscan.runtime.PolicyRuntime.stopApplet(PolicyRuntime.java:300) at com.trend.iwss.jscan.runtime.PolicyRuntime.stopActionInner(PolicyRuntime.java:254) at com.trend.iwss.jscan.runtime.PolicyRuntime.stopAction(PolicyRuntime.java:172) at com.trend.iwss.jscan.runtime.FileIOPolicyRuntime.doStopAction(FileIOPolicyRuntime.java:281) at com.trend.iwss.jscan.runtime.FileIOPolicyRuntime._preFilter(FileIOPolicyRuntime.java:260) at com.trend.iwss.jscan.runtime.PolicyRuntime.preFilter(PolicyRuntime.java:132) at com.trend.iwss.jscan.runtime.FileIOPolicyRuntime.preFilter(FileIOPolicyRuntime.java:171) at org.codehaus.plexus.util.DirectoryScanner.scan(DirectoryScanner.java:548) at org.codehaus.plexus.compiler.util.scan.AbstractSourceInclusionScanner.scanForSources(AbstractSourceInclusionScanne r.java:78) at org.codehaus.plexus.compiler.util.scan.SimpleSourceInclusionScanner.getIncludedSources(SimpleSourceInclusionScanne r.java:62) at org.codehaus.mojo.apt.AbstractAptMojo.getSourceFiles(AbstractAptMojo.java:521) at org.codehaus.mojo.apt.AbstractAptMojo.getSourceFiles(AbstractAptMojo.java:506) at org.codehaus.mojo.apt.AbstractAptMojo.executeImpl(AbstractAptMojo.java:254) at org.codehaus.mojo.apt.AbstractAptMojo.execute(AbstractAptMojo.java:239) at org.apache.maven.plugin.DefaultPluginManager.executeMojo(DefaultPluginManager.java:451) at org.apache.maven.lifecycle.DefaultLifecycleExecutor.executeGoals(DefaultLifecycleExecutor.java:558) at org.apache.maven.lifecycle.DefaultLifecycleExecutor.executeGoalWithLifecycle(DefaultLifecycleExecutor.java:499) at org.apache.maven.lifecycle.DefaultLifecycleExecutor.executeGoal(DefaultLifecycleExecutor.java:478) at org.apache.maven.lifecycle.DefaultLifecycleExecutor.executeGoalAndHandleFailures(DefaultLifecycleExecutor.java:330 ) at org.apache.maven.lifecycle.DefaultLifecycleExecutor.executeTaskSegments(DefaultLifecycleExecutor.java:291) at org.apache.maven.lifecycle.DefaultLifecycleExecutor.execute(DefaultLifecycleExecutor.java:142) at org.apache.maven.DefaultMaven.doExecute(DefaultMaven.java:336) at org.apache.maven.DefaultMaven.execute(DefaultMaven.java:129) at org.apache.maven.cli.MavenCli.main(MavenCli.java:287) at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method) at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39) at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25) at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:585) at org.codehaus.classworlds.Launcher.launchEnhanced(Launcher.java:315) at org.codehaus.classworlds.Launcher.launch(Launcher.java:255) at org.codehaus.classworlds.Launcher.mainWithExitCode(Launcher.java:430) at org.codehaus.classworlds.Launcher.main(Launcher.java:375)
“‘Yes,’ I said. ‘I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.”
Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind (1997), 43”—Predictably Irrational » Blog Archive » Asimov on evidence
I love a good thought experiment before bedtime. Via dailymeh:
An eccentric billionaire offers you a million dollars if at midnight tonight you intend to drink a vial of poison tomorrow afternoon. You are free to change your mind after midnight and not take the poison; you will receive the money whether you take the poison or not, so long as you at midnight sincerely intend to take it. Knowing all this, can you get the money, yet also avoid the poison?
The most familiar example of the Kavka’s Toxin puzzle in the real world is the Political Manifesto. Before an election, a political party will release a written document outlining their policies and plans should they win office. Many of these promises may be difficult or impossible to implement in practice. Having won, the party is not obligated to follow the manifesto even if they would have lost without it.
“Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, removed from office Sunday in a military-led coup, addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday and said he would fly back to Honduras on Thursday, accompanied by the head of the Organization of American States.”—
Why the hell is the media calling what happened in Honduras a “military-led coup”? The president was breaking the law. His own Attorney General said so. The Congress said so. So did the Supreme Court. Someone had to force him out, and it would seem that only the military had the actual ability to do so.