Some Books Read in 2004

I’ve been pretty busy this year at work and at school, but still have managed to read a few books, at least one of which was seriously good, though most are just escapist fare. Presented roughly in order of enjoyment: What’s the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank “How Conservatives Won the Heart of America”: […]

Asian Tsunami Relief

There’s still time to contribute this year to charitable organizations and deduct it from your taxes in April (or sooner!). Here are a few links for your convenience (I was in the neighborhood, anyway). The number in parentheses after each charity’s name is their Charity Navigator Overall Rating, out of a possible score of 70, […]

Fall 2004 Grade Gloat

COMP 615, Computer Science: Advanced Theory of Computability: A I murdered the curve in this class: my 92.5% on the final was a full 9% higher than the closest competitor. The median was 58%. My cumulative score for the course was 87%, which was 8% higher than the second-place finisher. The median was 53%. I […]

A Sinister Advantage

On average, left-handers are smaller and lighter than right-handers. That should put them at an evolutionary disadvantage. But it is hard to box against a southpaw, simply because most right-handed people have little experience of fighting left-handers, but not vice versa. And winning fights enhances your status. If this has translated into increased reproductive success, […]

Whitewashing Torture?

On June 15, 2003, Sgt. Frank “Greg” Ford, a counterintelligence agent in the California National Guard’s 223rd Military Intelligence (M.I.) Battalion stationed in Samarra, Iraq, told his commanding officer, Capt. Victor Artiga, that he had witnessed five incidents of torture and abuse of Iraqi detainees at his base, and requested a formal investigation. He was […]

Why I Can’t Recognize Faces

I’m famous for it — I can’t recognize faces. I’ll give you some quick examples, but understand that these are just a few of many that I could tell you: 1. I used to work at home, and I would often pick up my son Sean at school, every day, really. It would often happen, […]