The Family Way: Treating Fathers as Optional has Brought Big Social Costs

“The evidence that mother-only families contribute to crime is powerful. When two scholars studied data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, they found that, after holding income constant, young people in father-absent families were twice as likely to be in jail as were those in two-parent families. And their lives did not improve if their mother had acquired a stepfather. Fill-in dads don’t improve matters any more than do…

Anti-green Author Dishonest, Says Scientific Panel

Bjorn Lomborg – the director of Denmark’s Environmental Assessment Institute and a leading would-be debunker of mainstream scientific opinion on issues like global warming and overuse of natural resources – has been found guilty by a Danish government committee of ‘scientific dishonesty’. –Paul Brown –Anti-green Author Dishonest, Says Scientific Panel (Guardian) This is the peer-review process at work. Somebody will doubtless publish a rebuttal, and the debate will continue. The panel…

Non Scents

“Apparently Jennifer Lopez is coming out with a new ‘fragrance’ (which is what they call perfume these days, I guess) called Glow by J-Lo. Here’s some others that will follow on its heels. Mince by Prince This Is How You Should Smell by Martha Stewart Texas Tea by G.W.B. Free For The Taking by Winona Affair by Cher I Am Led To Understand That This Has An Agreeable Odor But,…

What Does it Mean for Internet Dwellers to Live in the Google Village?

“Welcome to Google Village. This is part of a wider project exploring, analyzing, detailing and educating people on the issues to do with the new skills required to communicate now and in the next century. Literacy is no longer the key attribute to desire, work for and acquire in this world of electronic language (where people communicate across the internet). What we require now is Technacy.” Elwyn Jenkins –What Does…

First Speed of Gravity Measurement Revealed

“The speed of gravity has been measured for the first time. The landmark experiment shows that it travels at the speed of light, meaning that Einstein’s general theory of relativity has passed another test with flying colours.” Hazel Muir –First Speed of Gravity Measurement Revealed New Scientist)

William Gibson's Weblog

“There may well be people who abandon Neuromancer on the grounds that it’s riddled with sentence-fragments, but, in a sense, the sentence-fragments are there to scare off readers who aren’t ready for that, and to encourage those who want to see the envelope of language pushed even further, the pedal taken even closer to the metal? I do know how to write formal standard English without making a great many…

MetroCard Mess

“The MetroCard Vending Machines in New York’s subways are a classical case of programmer-directed hierarchical menu hell, forcing the user to make choices without knowing the consequences, and throwing the user off altogether at the smallest problem. With a little careful thought, we are able to improve the interaction considerably, while at the same time extracting some valuable heuristics for interaction design. ” Lars Pind Submitted by my former student…