Archive for the ‘media’ Category


It’s a really really really nice fossil…

June 3, 2009

…but it’s still just a fossil.  I’m referring to Ida, the fossil of what will soon be named Darwinius masillae, which is almost certainly not our direct ancestor.  I don’t have time to go into detail*, here’s someone else’s blog post with tons of links.

*(but I will quip that chains have links, trees don’t)



March 13, 2008

Why We’re Powerless to Resist Grazing on Endless Web Data by Lee Gomes for the Wall Street Journal.  See, it’s not even our fault.


Corporate terpitude re: net neutrality.

February 26, 2008

Comcast paid a bunch of shills to cheer for their guy, and to occupy seats that could may otherwise have gone to journalists or the actual public, at the FCC hearings on net neutrality.  ConsumeristSave the Internet Blog (via BoingBoing), ZDNet, Portfolio dot com (via /.), Valleywag.


Linkfest re: the volume wars

November 10, 2007

Avant Music News has blogged a post from Bob Drake to a prog listserv with a bunch of links to articles and videos about the disappearance of dynamic range from commercial recordings. You can read that post, but my quote of his quote of Drake’s email has hyperlinks:

The Loudness War. Very good YouTube video:

IEEE article on the loudness war:

Over The Limit: excellent, classic article about the volume war:

Short Term Gain/Long Term Pain:

Death of Dynamic Range:

I Want to Break Free of the Volume War. Another good Youtube video:

Here is my own little example:


The Oliver Curry thing explained.

October 29, 2007

I didn’t post about the ridiculous evolutionary story peddled as science by the BBC because it was all over the bloggotubes and the press misrepresenting science is pretty ho-hum to me.  There’s an unnatural law that says you should never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence, which I think in general works well.  But in these case, as Ben Goldacre of the Guardian points out at Bad Science, this case is actually more complicated.

How does this happen? The “research” – or “essay” – was paid for by Bravo, a bikini and fast car “men’s TV channel” celebrating its 21st year in operation…[SNIP]…I spoke to friends on other newspapers (the Guardian didn’t cover the story, mercifully) who told me they had stand up rows with news desks, explaining that this was not a science news story. But the selective pressure on national newspapers is for journalists who compliantly write up this kind of commercial puff nonsense as “science news”, while religious fundamentalism of all varieties is conquering the world. Bravo!