September 17th, 2010


False Flag

Tempted to go to the Stewart/Colbert "rally" in DC at the end of next month - it might be interesting/fun? I wonder if I should plan to drive back to Pgh the same day or get a hotel room. Anyone considering carpooling or organising a trip on some more comprehensive level should let me know.

Recently read about Google being criticised for not allowing vendors to customise Android's default search engine - I have very mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I think carriers should not be allowed to customise Android at all (because they invariably mess it up, they fragment the platform and make upgrades hard, and the way they mess it up often is intended to establish tollbooths). Still, I think that Google should not be able to control what might become a common platform in a way that privileges its other services. I'm not sure there's a way to avoid having the worst of both worlds.

Pope Ratzinger gave a speech in the UK yesterday that condemned godlessness, creating some controversyCollapse )

A rare diplomatic scuffle between Germany and France...

Currently I am fascinated by Gene regulation and Morphogens.