I bid thee farewell

I have recently decided that not being in a class that requires blogging is a bad thing. Because i am not required to do blogging, i don’t do it. This isn’t because i don’t want to, it is because i don’t have time to. If it were required, i would make time to do it, seeing as how blogging would be a part of my homework. I fear that in…

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The World's Energy Problems Solved by My 7-year-old

The World’s Energy Problems Solved by My 7-year-old (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) For months now, my son has been requesting, for his bedtime stories, books about chemistry and energy. We just finished one on windmills. These aren’t kiddie picture books — they are thin, but they are chapter books, packed with statistics and chemical equations. For a while, Peter was making up stories about Atom City, a place he invented where anthropomorphic…

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Hiring is Obsolete

The main cost of starting a Web-based startup is food and rent. Which means it doesn’t cost much more to start a company than to be a total slacker. [...] Most startups fail. It’s the nature of the business. But it’s not necessarily a mistake to try something that has a 90% chance of failing, if you can afford the risk. Failing at 40, when you have a family to…

Robots master reproduction

Provided it is fed with cubes, the robot can create a copy of itself within a few minutes. To build a replica, a ‘parent’ robot bends down and places its own uppermost cube on the table next to it. This becomes the base of the ‘child’ robot. The parent then picks up a new cube, using electromagnets powered from contacts on the surface of the table, and stacks it on…