Archive for December, 2005

How to Handle Java Finalization’s Memory-Retention Issues

Friday, December 30th, 2005

How to Handle Java Finalization’s Memory-Retention Issues

Propositions | Uncertain

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Propositions | Uncertain is an essay in which the thesis and perhaps 90% of the sentences are false but the essence is true. It is not science but religion that “immantizes the eschaton” – almost without exception and perhaps even especially at its most “mystical”. And to accuse Lennon of this offense demonstrates a lack of understanding whose depth is truly magnificent.

thetyee.ca Free Wireless Fever

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Should we get thetyee.ca Free Wireless in Vancouver?
I think so! Not so much for the business traveller (who probably has adequate access at hotel and meeting place) or the poor (who probably don’t have laptops and more likely use free fixed community access points) but for tourists and the rest of us who suffer the inconvenience and expense of using multiple different providers and/or paying for an hour’s access to just send one picture or message.

Hypertext Style: Cool URIs don’t change.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Hypertext Style: Cool URIs don’t change.

EdTechPost: An Evaluation of Open Source CMS Stressing Adaptation Issues

Monday, December 19th, 2005

EdTechPost: An Evaluation of Open Source CMS Stressing Adaptation Issues

EdTechPost: Unicon provides Sakai ‘Test Drive’ sites

Monday, December 19th, 2005

EdTechPost: Unicon provides Sakai ‘Test Drive’ sites

What Good Is Religion? By Richard Dawkins — Beliefnet.com

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

What Good Is Religion? By Richard Dawkins — Beliefnet.com

Easterbrook on Dawkins — @Beliefnet.com

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

— This old (2001) article by Gregg Easterbrook at Beliefnet.com attempts to refute Dawkins.
But apparently Easterbrook expects his audience to be so ignorant as to be convinced by a primarily and unabashedly ad hominem argument:
“Which brings us to the first problem with Dawkins’s positions: he is arrogant.”
…Oh well (sigh) what else?
next we have the ignorant belief in human coexistence with dinosaurs attributed to offense at the mean and nasty arrogant biologists as opposed to the apparently much nicer and humbler physicists so that “Americans overwhelmingly accept many findings of modern research, such as the theories of relativity and of cosmic expansion” – which,of course they should not! (not because they are wrong, but because the “acceptance” is based purely on faith and not one whit of genuine understanding)
what next?
There’s a claim that Dawkins’s estimate of the extent and impact of fundamentalist influence in US school boards is exaggerated – debatable but irrelevant.
And a silly reference to the fact that there is not (yet) any commonly accepted scientific explanation for the origin of life. Why silly? Because lack of an explanation does not imply the impossibility of finding one and even if some things are scientifically inexplicable that does nothing to support the validity of any other proposed “explanation”.
Finally, Dawkins is accused of “insisting that people who don’t agree with him are not just wrong but ignorant, stupid, …etc”. This is false – at least in its implication that Dawkins’s scorn applies to all who disagree with him. But certainly some people really are ignorant and stupid – even willfully so, and whether or not Dawkins is impolitic in his identifications is totally irrelevant to the question of the validity of his position.

beliefnet: Interview with Richard Dawkins–evolution intelligent design Darwin selfish gene religion science God atheism spiritual Sheahen

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

beliefnet: Interview with Richard Dawkins–evolution intelligent design Darwin selfish gene religion science God atheism spiritual Sheahen

EdTechPost: Why does ‘Freesound’ succeed when so many learning object repositories fail?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Scott Leslie asks EdTechPost: Why does ‘Freesound’ succeed when so many learning object repositories fail? – and of course for me the interest is in the second clause. I have claimed to have ideas about what is wrong with LOR’s so maybe I should look at this and see if we’re on the same page.

Online Rights Canada

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Online Rights Canada

What I Learned by Teaching Real Analysis

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

What I Learned by Teaching Real Analysis

Introductory Economic Analysis

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Introductory Economic Analysis

Introductory Economic Analysis

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Introductory Economic Analysis

Declan Butler, reporter � %u2018Thin blogs%u2019, RSS and %u2019social bookmarking%u2019

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Declan Butler, reporter � %u2018Thin blogs%u2019, RSS and %u2019social bookmarking%u2019

Information20Theory2C20Excess20Entropy20and20Statistical20Complexity

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Information20Theory2C20Excess20Entropy20and20Statistical20Complexity

Squashed Philosophers

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

Squashed Philosophers– Condensed Plato Aristotle Augustine Descartes Hume Marx Freud Copernicus Hobbes Sartre Ayer Sade Wittgenstein Einstein

Interactive Java Applets

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

Interactive Java Applets

GodelBook

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

One morething to look at over the holidays

Stephen’s Web ~ by Stephen Downes ~ Dave Winer Proposes to use URLs for Digital Identity

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Stephen’s Web ~ by Stephen Downes ~ Dave Winer Proposes to use URLs for Digital Identity