Tonight: Cloudy and increasingly windy; periods of snow late, accumulating a coating to an inch with a low of 32°F Tomorrow: Very windy; periods of snow in the morning, Tr-1” followed by a bit of drizzle in the afternoon with a high of 44°F Get details at AccuWeather.com
Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a bit of snow, accumulating a coating to an inch with a low of 34°F Tomorrow: Breezy with rain and snow showers, accumulating a coating to an inch with a high of 41°F Get details at AccuWeather.com
“We may already be in the red in terms of our ability to store information,” said Christopher L. Greer last week to an interested, and vaguely intimidated, audience of scientists and other academics. Gene sequences, distant pulsar signals, YouTube videos, e-mail — it’s all too much to keep track of.
Or perhaps not. Mr. Greer, who works on networking policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, was addressing a session called “Managing the Exaflood” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It was actually an optimistic gathering, where researchers presented ideas for getting a handle on all this data — an exabyte is one billion billion bytes — and using it productively.
“But after I accepted that…he actually said such things, the next puzzle for me was why? Because…prior to Martin Luther King, I don’t know of any other Nobel Laureate who spoke so forcefully for the rights of African Americans.” — S. James Gates, Jr., string theorist
“My trip to this institution was in behalf of a worthwhile cause. There is a separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it.” — Albert Einstein, speaking at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1946
Albert Einstein’s spiritual sensibility is the center of this week’s program, “Einstein’s God,” but I want to highlight a section from our companion show, “Einstein’s Ethics,” that explores the nature of his humanitarian passions and public ethics, including his views on race. It contains one of my favorite interviews: Krista’s conversation with S. James Gates, Jr, a professor of physics whose work focuses on string theory and supersymmetry — things I don’t fully comprehend.
Originally, he was not on our radar for this program, but when we heard him speak at a conference on Einstein’s legacy, we were impressed not only by his scientific insight, but also by his reflection on Einstein the person. In this excerpt from our program, Gates speaks eloquently and thoughtfully about how he discovered Einstein’s passion for the problem of racism, and his “capacity for ethical engagement and his scientific creativity” — something Gates himself embodies. You’ll hear the beautiful voice of the legendary opera singer Marian Anderson, whom Einstein invited to stay at his home after she was denied a room at Princeton’s best “whites only” hotel.
Today: Winds becoming strong; rain, heavy at times; coastal flooding can occur with a high of 43°F Tonight: Periods of rain mixing with snow; strong winds can down trees and power lines with a low of 34°F Get details at AccuWeather.com
This week, my students are talking about ChatRoulette the way they were talking about Facebook five years ago. This is the latest “weird,” “creepy,” “sketchy” internet technology and the Casey Neistat video, while a little crude in spots, about sums it up. Caveat nextor!
BY CLIFF KUANGToday Ladies really do have all the luck, and the perverts are a sizable minority, according to Casey Neistat’s video study of Chatroulette.
“Let’s face it. We’re undone by each other. And if we’re not, we’re missing something. If this seems so clearly the case with grief, it is only because it was already the case with desire. One does not always stay intact.”—
Judith Butler, (books by this author) (1956-), author of Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), who currently teaches Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at Berkeley.
Apparently, it ain’t reconciliation until the crocodiles have cried.
TUESDAY, FEB 23, 2010 20:20 EST
Senate Dems adopted 161 amendments and key GOP planks while soft-pedaling the public option. That’s not compromise?
BY ETHAN SHERWOOD STRAUSS
AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Rep. John Boehner, with other Republican congressional leaders, talks to reporters outside the White House.
As the healthcare reform bill waddles toward reconciliation — a maneuver that would let the Senate pass certain budget-related provisions with “only” a majority vote — Republicans are complaining, louder than ever, about being excluded from Democrats’ efforts to craft legislation. And some in the media are buying it.
I traveled this weekend and missed the identification of the only person killed by Joe Stack in his unsettling attack on the Internal Revenue Service office in Austin last week (h/t Crooks and Liars, Will Bunch). He is Vietnam veteran and IRS worker Vernon Hunter.
His son, Ken Hunter, told local reporters he was tired of the media paying too much attention to the fractured and incoherent political beliefs espoused by the demented Stack, and not enough attention to his father’s life
Is anonymity online coming to an end? The pervasive attitude says yes.
The Pew Research Center teamed up with Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center to survey 895 experts on the future of the Internet—and at the forefront of the discussion is the sticky topic of anonymity. Experts were nearly split down the middle, with 55% agreeing that Internet users will be able to communicate anonymously and 41% agreeing that, by 2020, “anonymous online activity is sharply curtailed.” Not only are there divergent opinions on whether online anonymity will be possible in the future, there isn’t even a consensus on whether anonymity is universally desirable.
Belarusian authorities, apparently with the approval of President Lukaschenko, have declared German Shock Rockers Rammstein enemies of the State in an effort to ban them from performing in Minsk on March 7. Here’s a very quick paraphrase of the gist of the case from a German article on the matter:
“German rock band Rammstein would undermine ‘the order of the Belarusian State,’ ruled the moral Authority of the totalitarian ex-Soviet republic.
Consequently, the Social Council for Morality, supported by President Alexander Lukashenko, abruptly declared the band a public enemy. This happened in regard to a March 7th concert planned to take place in Minsk.