Monday, November 27, 2006

Airborne and the scientist lobby

I flew JetBlue last night and was surprised by the prominence of quack medicine, in the form of Airborne, the best selling supposed cold remedy. See this wonderful post for more on this quackery. Not only were free samples being handed out but it was one of the more prominent ads being played on the TV sets that are on the backs of every JetBlue seat. An airplane is such a marvel of scientific ingenuity that i made me mildly nervous to see this boldly displayed hoax. And I wondered with a tinge of paranoia whether it was an indication of any other lapses in rigor by JetBlue. Or was it just cynical opportunism? Either way it made me, for one, feel a little negative about an airline with whom my experience so far has been entirely positive. Probably my reaction is so anomalous they could care less.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


We've announced Parasites Unleashed! the new game from Zygote Games. Not ready to ship yet but you can see a teaser quantity of information about it at Zygote Games.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Move to Chaos

An article in the NYT today describes a military briefing today with the graphic below. According to the NYT: "The slide includes a color-coded bar chart that is used to illustrate an “Index of Civil Conflict.” It shows a sharp escalation in sectarian violence since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra in February, and tracks a further worsening this month despite a concerted American push to tamp down the violence in Baghdad."So what's the option? A good editorial in the Economist (subscription but they offer free day passes) discusses the various options, such as pulling out, and concludes that the only option is for the U.S. to stay in, essentially as peacekeepers between warring factions or the chaos we're seeing now will be nothing like the chaos we'll see in the future. They say: "Leaving now stands a fair chance of plunging Iraq into an enlarged war and a far bigger bloodbath than anything seen so far." And they conclude: "Even if it was a mistake to blunder into Iraq, it would be a bigger mistake, bordering on a crime, for a nation that aspires to greatness to blunder out now, without first having exhausted every possible effort to put Iraq back together and avert a wider war."

Not sure if we have any good options. Seems chaos in every direction.