Friday, October 31, 2008

Mashavu, Dizziness Diagnostics, CalSolAgua, Robopsy, Minewerks

Mashavu, Dizziness Diagnostics, CalSolAgua, Robopsy, Minewerks, SurgyPack, ELF-SD, Nano Precision medical, Whole Tree

Names of student venture teams presenting at the ASME iShow (LINK )

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Proof that Governor Palin is a Socialist!!

"And Alaska we’re set up, unlike other states in the Union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of those resources occur." -- Governor Sarah Palin, to The New Yorker (LINK) and also (LINK)

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Greenspan, Einstein, Reich (by my brother)

Click here for his piece in RealClimate: LINK

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"It’s pretty well safe. I wouldn’t worry about it." No wonder people are paranoid.

"It’s pretty well safe. I wouldn’t worry about it."

Comment about whether early voting ballots will count.

No wonder people are paranoid!

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

George Will: utterly out to lunch. Thinks Obama winning because liberals want to feel good for electing a black.

George Will, you are so lost, so last century. That is such a tired, tired line about feel-good liberals. And your comments about Powell supporting Obama based 2:1 on race? Powell has supported inexperienced candidates before like . . . George Bush. He would have been perfectly comfortable siding with McCain and Lieberman et al if he hadn't made a reasoned argument to himself that his old friend John McCain is first for himself in this campaign and second for America, as evidenced by his choice of VP and other actions by his campaign. Is it because of race that newspapers, even ones that have supported Bush in the past, are overwhelmingly going over to Obama? Or are judgments like these race-based when made by a black but not race-based when the same judgments are made by white guy editors? Wake up Mr. Will! And hey, isn't Obama 1/2 white?


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"Palin Dudes" don't realize Governor Palin isn't running for Super Awesome Girlfriend of the USA

Jezebel: LINK

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

This is very funny . . .

but actually . . . my application is in . . . just in case . . . shhh.

Oops, but what about that Paul Martin character?? LINK

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ten rules to live by from Nicholas Taleb

via The Sunday Times (link)

1 Skepticism is effortful and costly. It is better to be skeptical about matters of large consequences, and be imperfect, foolish and human in the small and the aesthetic.

2 Go to parties. You can’t even start to know what you may find on the envelope of serendipity. If you suffer from agoraphobia, send colleagues.

3 It’s not a good idea to take a forecast from someone wearing a tie. If possible, tease people who take themselves and their knowledge too seriously.

4 Wear your best for your execution and stand dignified. Your last recourse against randomness is how you act — if you can’t control outcomes, you can control the elegance of your behavior. You will always have the last word.

5 Don’t disturb complicated systems that have been around for a very long time. We don’t understand their logic. Don’t pollute the planet. Leave it the way we found it, regardless of scientific ‘evidence’.

6 Learn to fail with pride — and do so fast and cleanly. Maximize trial and error — by mastering the error part.

7 Avoid losers. If you hear someone use the words ‘impossible’, ‘never’, ‘too difficult’ too often, drop him or her from your social network. Never take ‘no’ for an answer (conversely, take most ‘yeses’ as ‘most probably’).

8 Don’t read newspapers for the news (just for the gossip and, of course, profiles of authors). The best filter to know if the news matters is if you hear it in cafes, restaurants... or (again) parties.

9 Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.

10 Answer e-mails from junior people before more senior ones. Junior people have further to go and tend to remember who slighted them.

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Taleb on e-mail: "Answer e-mails from junior people before more senior ones."

"Answer e-mails from junior people before more senior ones. Junior people have further to go and tend to remember who slighted them." LINK

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Thoughtsful words from the (thoughtful) East Coast elite (or "You Betcha!")

"We cannot expect one man to heal every wound, to solve every major crisis of policy. So much of the Presidency, as they say, is a matter of waking up in the morning and trying to drink from a fire hydrant. In the quiet of the Oval Office, the noise of immediate demands can be deafening. And yet Obama has precisely the temperament to shut out the noise when necessary and concentrate on the essential. The election of Obama—a man of mixed ethnicity, at once comfortable in the world and utterly representative of twenty-first-century America—would, at a stroke, reverse our country’s image abroad and refresh its spirit at home. His ascendance to the Presidency would be a symbolic culmination of the civil- and voting-rights acts of the nineteen-sixties and the century-long struggles for equality that preceded them. It could not help but say something encouraging, even exhilarating, about the country, about its dedication to tolerance and inclusiveness, about its fidelity, after all, to the values it proclaims in its textbooks. At a moment of economic calamity, international perplexity, political failure, and battered morale, America needs both uplift and realism, both change and steadiness. It needs a leader temperamentally, intellectually, and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe. That leader’s name is Barack Obama." LINK

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Balloons in my backyard

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Let's hope this always can happen

Somehow I wonder if the older, more genteel politics of the past are past. Somehow I wonder if Palin and Biden will ever show up like this when they're older. I didn't find this piece interviewing George Bush 41 and Geraldine Ferraro about their Vice Presidential debate particularly interesting in the details of its conversation, except for the fact that it did happen and that they appear so comfortable with each other. Does time ALWAYS heal all wounds?

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Come on, can we just elect this guy now and be done with it?

I'd seen this before, but it is so well done:

Innovation is hard work

". . . progress took shape in setting goals, testing, tweaking and then setting more goals."

Very good article on VC Kleiner Perkins, well worth reading by a wide audience: NYTimes LINK.