Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for 2006

December 16, 2006


What’s laughable about the Alicia Colon piece I blogged about yesterday? The claim that The Drudge Report is a liberal site is laughable in general. How could you know anything at all about American politics and make this claim? Here is her supporting evidence: The propaganda of the enemedia — an excellent descriptive term coined […]

December 15, 2006

What’s in a Name

In this laughable op-ed from the New York Post, the author concludes by making a big point about her name: My name, Alicia, means truth, so here it is. I wouldn’t go there if I were her. Her last name is Colon.

December 5, 2006

Seach Strategy

In Hunting the elusive search strategy Jon Udell proposes to study the methods that people use to effectively search. He proposes capturing individual cases of searching for something and then analyzing those cases. The point is to help people learn to search. That’s an interesting approach, and it would benefit from having some good tools […]

November 12, 2006

Network Effects of the Opposite Kind

I have been reading The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs. It was published in 1969 which means I have been walking around blindly for the past 37 years not noticing it. I don’t know how that is possible. So many of my interests intersect in this single thin book, the history of agriculture, the […]

November 8, 2006

Rumsfeld’s Rules

In honor of Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation, quotations from Rumsfeld’s Rules It is easier to get into something than to get out of it. If a prospective presidential approach can’t be explained clearly enough to be understood well, it probably hasn’t been thought through well enough. If not well understood by the American people, it probably […]

September 27, 2006

Training Pace

From Inside Tri comes this nugget about training to swim at race pace: If you have a hard time hitting your desired race pace during a given workout, try shortening your intervals until you can. For example, if your goal race pace is 1:20 per 100 meters, but you can’t hold that pace over 100 […]

September 8, 2006


Regular readers know have a handful of disparate phenomena that are interesting to me because they are mathematically similar. Each is a process that traverses a probability tree and becomes more or less probably as the number of branches in the tree increase. My posts on Wiio’s Laws, network effects in rural economies (Jane Jacob’s […]

September 2, 2006


September 1, 2006

Hot Water/Cold Water

Steve Yegge wants to hear about my gross conceptual misunderstandings. I’ve had a couple in the hopper to blog about for a while, so I’ll take the opportunity of this new blog to mention two I’ve become clear on over the past few years. Both relate to plumbing and water temperature. Once when I was […]

September 1, 2006

Moving to WordPress

What? A brand shiny new WordPress blog with exactly the same content as the old blog. Same name, same posts, same comments. Why? The old MovableType was too much trouble to change. The templates were awkward to manage and I was tired of the busyness of the pages. Plus I wanted to be able to […]