Bookmarks for 2005-03-14

Grabbed from my furl.

Rated 3
Rated 3
Commons-logging promises to bridge to different logging APIs such as log4j, Avalon logkit and java.util.logging API. However, it’s dynamic discovery mechanism is the source of painful bugs. In practice, JCL can only safely bridge the java.util.logging API.
Rated 4
Lakoff’s doing great work. It’s unfortunate that that means Berkeley students are deprived him in the classroom.
Done right, the framings should be invisible, not the product of human hands. They should give the impression that the world actually is that simple and hasn’t merely been simplified. For conservatives, this is easy because they have invested decades into creating their frames.
Rated 4
Who speaks of “racial stocks” anymore? After all, to do so would be to speak of something that many scientists and scholars say does not exist. If modern anthropologists mention the concept of race, it is invariably only to warn against and dismiss it. Likewise many geneticists. “Race is social concept, not a scientific one,” according to Dr. Craig Venter – and he should know, since he was first to sequence the human genome. The idea that human races are only social constructs has been the consensus for at least 30 years. But now, perhaps, that is about to change.
Rated 4
I know Edward Hubbard from cogsci undergrad. He’s a great guy.
Rated 5
Essay followed by worthy discussion.
Some say a “fair tax” that removes the need to file tax returns from the vast majority of the citizenry is a national sales tax. This doesn’t seem to be very fair to people trying to feed, house and clothe themselves and seems to subsidize large land holders (Bush’s favorite constituency). There is a tax that lives up to the promises broken by Bush’s proposal for a national sales tax.
Rated 4
I’d played with Indy Jr. before. It’s a very cool Flash app that reads an XML file listing a bunch of places, and the date you were there. Then, it renders a map, with dots on the locations, and optionally draws transit lines between the dots. Kinda like the Indiana Jones movie effect – hence the name Indy Jr.
Rated 3
With Pattern Recognition now out, Gibson talks to the Guardian about blogging, which ones he’s looking at and why he may have to quit blogging himself. He’s quoted as saying ‘…if I’m ever going to write another book, I’m going to have to quit doing my blog as I have a hunch it interferes with the ecology of being a novelist.’
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