Data are a systematic representation of observations about reality. “Raw data” is an oxymoron. Every dataset has some underlying agenda–selecting which parameters to measure, which to ignore, and how to present results constructs a … Continue reading The quantified self…or how do you measure a fool’s progress?
Recently, researchers at UW-Madison’s College of Engineering have come up with some pretty cool stuff. One awesome interdisciplinary innovator took a long hard look at insect eyes and realized that … Continue reading What the Badger engineers are up to lately
Of all of the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad things that could possibly happen today…what would be the absolute WORST? Let’s assume that North Korea’s H-Bomb test was, in fact, exaggerated … Continue reading Worst case scenarios
Happy New Year party people! Welcome to the year of the monkey and farewell to the year of the sheep! New Year’s morning should be my cue to offer some … Continue reading Spinning into a new year
Memory is a slippery thing. It’s almost impossible to disentangle actual experiences from the narrative knot of invented reality arising from oft-repeated stories. Is my vivid internal photograph of the brick-colored terra-cotta tiling on my … Continue reading My earliest childhood memory
Hello from deep inside the most unpleasant bolgia of the 8th circle of traveler’s hell. I’m not sure why Dante neglected to include descriptions of the eternal tortures inflicted on … Continue reading Planes, buses, and automobiles
Today some very smart people are having some very deep discussions about a very important technology. The world’s finest scientific minds, along with a squadron of bioethicists, philosophers, and concerned … Continue reading CRISPR at a crossroads