Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for 2009

August 23, 2009

Walking Down Hill

When walking down hill, my natural response is to lean backwards, to brace myself from falling. Often it is better to lean forward. Leaning forward places your body weight on your entire foot and the pressure on your foot causes it to make better contact with the ground. This means that you are less likely […]

August 4, 2009

Edward Hall

Edward Hall died a few weeks ago. His obituary was in the Times today. I first learned of his work with non-verbal communication in the early seventies, but returned to it in a visceral way in the early nineties. I read The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time and it worked its way […]

May 25, 2009

Standardized Tests and National Security

One of James Fallows’ readers comments on teaching to students in China and their obsession with the standardized test (gaokao) that will determine their future. The only thing that matters is the test, and doing well on the test is a matter of memorizing a number of decontextualized facts. The worst affect by far of […]

May 6, 2009


Knowing is half the battle. Hypercritical – Ars Technica. So I’m halfway there!

April 29, 2009

HATCHfest names George Baxter a Groundbreaker!

Evan was named a fashion groundbreaker at Hatch Asheville. Here’s is the site. HATCHfest.

April 29, 2009

Fashionist: Amy – Dolores Park, SF

Here’s my girl wearing her latest creation. Thanks to for the picture.Fashionist: Amy – Dolores Park, SF.

January 22, 2009

The Company They Keep

I agree with Dick Cheney! Asked for his reaction to Bush’s decision [not to pardon Scooter Libby] Cheney said: “Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and honorable men I’ve ever known. He’s been an outstanding public servant throughout his career. He was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice, and I strongly […]

January 15, 2009

The Beginning of the End for Google Notebook?

Synchronization and cloud services rear the heads once again as Ars has it, “Google closes down lesser-known services, lays off staff.” I don’t use Jaiku or Dodgeball, although there is sure to be a wailing and gnashing of teeth over the closing of Dodgeball. I had been using Google Noteboook, semi-extensively and although it is […]

January 14, 2009

The real cause of the financial crisis

See this article: The real cause of the financial crisis, notable for the explanation of the Martingale system. via Giles.

January 11, 2009

Lifelong Learning Self-Knowing Health Nut

Apparently 1 out of 53K or so. I’m not quite one of a kind, but getting there. I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I’m a Lifelong Learning Self-Knowing Health Nut