Benjamin Franklin exhibit at the Heinz History Center

Today was the last day of a Benjamin Franklin exhibit at the Heinz History Center. My daughter stayed home sick, but I am glad I was able to visit with my son. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the exhibit on glass-making. I also enjoyed the detailed history of the Pittsburgh Courier, a 100-year-old African American weekly. I also liked the section that explained the Pittsburgh connection to…

Hard-core Telemarketing Opt-out Script

Use this sequence of questions and stop any telemarketer in their tracks: “May I have your company’s name, address and telephone number? If you are calling on behalf of a client, may I have the name, address and telephone number of your company, as well as the name, address and telephone number of the company that you are calling on behalf of?” “Put me on your “Do Not Call List”.…

CC2K | The Nexus of Pop-Culture Fandom | Future Fragments: A Grown-Up in the Hundred Acre Wood

Winnie the Pooh is the very first book that Apple bundled with the iPad. It was a bold choice, and a reminder of what the iPad had that ebooks at the time did not–the ability to share those same charming illustrations that are now imprinted on our collective consciousness. The image of Winnie the Pooh on the iPad was one of the most common first impressions of the tablet, and…

Are We Alone? New Analysis Suggests Life Could Be Extremely Rare In the Universe| Statistics Crush Optimism in Search for Extraterrestrials | Search for Life, SETI | Space.com

Again with the mean scientists! Using a statistical method called Bayesian reasoning, they argue that the life here on Earth could be common, or it could be extremely rare — there’s no reason to prefer one conclusion over the other. With their new analysis, Spiegel and Turner say they have erased the one Drake factor scientists felt confident about and replaced it with a question mark. –Are We Alone? New…

Updated my “Show, Don’t (Just) Tell” Handout

Taking advantage of a summer day in the office to tweak one of the most popular pages on my website. Five of my pages account for more than half of the traffic on my whole site, so I’ve made it a summer project to give those pages some attention, to make them worth the visit.   Show, Don’t (Just) Tell A Simple but Effective Tip for More Engaging, Persuasive Writing…

Time Travel and Warp Impossible, Proved Scientists: Study – International Business Times

Those mean scientists. First they get rid of ether, then they demote Pluto, and now this. A group of physicists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology found out that a single photon cannot travel faster than the speed of light in vacuum. The study reaffirms Einstein’s theory that nothing travels faster than light, and most sadly, proves the impossibility of achieving humanity’s dream of time travel as…

Northeast braces for temps near boiling point – Yahoo! News

The inter tubes are clogged with pundits mocking the AP for a story claiming that “residents are bracing themselves for temperatures near and above boiling point.” In defense of the AP, I will point out that the article does not specify the planet on which these “residents” reside, so this could be a northeastern quadrant of some distant planet, where boiling is a more commonplace event. And, in further defense…