Critical Section

Thursday,  04/24/03  06:31 PM

Mao with maskThe Economist: SARS: China's Chernobyl?  The latest issue has several great articles about the virus.

FuturePundit: What should be done about SARS.  Really excellent analysis.

CNN reports North Korea admits having nukes.  "North Korea's representative Li Gun pulled aside U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly on Wednesday and told him 'blatantly and boldly' that the country has at least one nuclear weapon, one official said.  Gun asked, 'Now what are you going to do about it?'"  Very interesting.  They must be quite frustrated with the U.S.' calm and restrained reaction to their bleating.

Steven Den Beste thinks this puts pressure on China, not the U.S...  Interesting.

From Cory Doctorow: Metacrap.  Cory is one of those people who consistently says things I'm thinking myself, only better.  The problems with metadata:

  1. People lie.
  2. People are lazy.
  3. People are stupid.
  4. People don't know themselves.
  5. Schemas aren't neutral.
  6. Metrics influence results.
  7. There's more than one way to describe something.

Take that, all you people who think XML and SOAP will make interconnectivity painless.

I can't wait until Dave understands trackback.  Hopefully he'll explain it and then I can finally get it, too.  { Yeah, you know me, I always assume if I don't get something, there's nothing to get... }

Russell Beattie edits the seven habits of the anti-blogger.  Cool.

Karlin Livingston reports William Gibson is ending his blog.  Interestingly, he feels blogging is incompatible with writing novels.  Meanwhile I've been under the delusion that blogging was helpful for writing nonfiction, although I must admit my progress on Unnatural Selection so far is a counter-example.

The Onion is back in form: New Fox Reality Show to Determine Ruler of Iraq.  They are much funnier when they're, uh, trying to be funny.

It isn't often that a website name makes me laugh out loud, but this one did: The Prime Number Shitting Bear.  Or, in its native Finnish: Alkulukuja Paskova Karhu.  Don't you just love the Internet?  I am not making this up.

this date in:
About Me

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained