Thoughts of the Moment
Much of what crosses my mind does so in passing. For the sake of somewhere
to put it, without the pretence of it fitting into an overall hierarchy of
ideas, I have this area of my website; its contents are filed according to when
I wrote them, and try to explain in their introductions what prompted them.
Along with such
thoughts of the moment it seems to be a suitable place
for book reviews. Consequently, this index is based
on chronology. (See also my history, from 2004 to 2010,
postings.) I'm perfectly happy that this isn't enough to qualify the result
blog: that isn't something I'm trying to do.
What is the speed of a diffuse
object A partial beginning of a thought about how we describe
the movement of diffuse objects.
On the evil of advertising An
incomplete beginning of a late-night ramble, probably upon my return from a
Running continues A harder winter lead
to a slow start.
Avoiding reductio An
attempt at using more constructive reasoning about some puzzles I read.
On intuition and mathematics A
call for a more nuanced relationship between the two, recognising that intuition
can be educated to better accord with rigour.
2017 The modest amount of
activity I got up to in another quiet year.
More running I managed to drag myself
out for a run, enough times that I even ended up running (rather than jogging)
2016 Few changes during a
year with no enthusiasm, during which a disk crash lost local changes.
Running again I tried going for a run,
for (almost) the first time in a quarter century, and actually liked it.
My web-site continued evolving without me writing any new thoughts of the
2010 Changes during a
DnD caricature updates I played with
the same web-test as below (2009) some more, even considering which feats,
skills and spells a DnD me would be inclined to learn.
On divisibility A quick look at the
XML for people's names A rant
about bad schemas in illustrations meant to show how good XML is. (In progress
until 2011, Feb 21.)
2009 development during
international year of
astronomy. We are all mongrels Much of the
mythology around race and ethnicity ignores the practical reality of actual
pure-bloods are a myth. Sharing house-work How to cope
with house-mates when you don't all have the same tolerances for various kinds
Teaching the controversy It's
not a scientific controversy: it's purely political and religious. So, do those
who teach religion embrace
teaching the controversy ? A DnD caricature of me playing with
a web-test that tried to model me as a Dungeons and Dragons character.
Supersonic ionization Crude
estimates at whether supersonic movement can turn air to plasma.
The elusive Higgs boson and why
don't didn't believe in it. Thoughts on EPO G3/08 a set of
questions the European Patent Office has asked its Enlarged Board of
The Laius complex another
perspective on the tale of Œdipus.
Science's humility concerning
the errors that arise from mis-interpreting science's willingness to admit its
limitations, and the errors that come from forgetting them.
Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy
2008 Over-view of the few
changes in a year when I was otherwise busy.
Year-end disruption or, a short
account of why there were no updates in the last few weeks of 2008.
searching For the searches where you need human help, bug trackers
provide a possible framework for building a community of folk willing to help
with such searching.
LHC@home Now that CERN's LHC is
coming on-line, they'll be needing computing resources.
Iran, space and nuclear
technology a wry (and sadly cynical) look at what the mighty reveal
about themselves in their protestations about Iran's enthusiasm for twentieth
2007 Highlights of a year's
An illustration of how
a loss leader might help a business earn
money. 2007/October/3 Verbal doodles about
revealing clothing. 2007/September/30
Studying JPEG, to
work out what to do with images I've uploaded from my camera. 2007/August/5 A
about base one zero 2007/June/29 The Black
my solution of a
cryptographic puzzle it presents. 2007/April/20
A modest suggestion
towards reducing abuses of the patent system. 2007/April/8
What is the SCO group
claiming ? An attempt to make sense of part of an on-going law-suit. 2007/January/23
Diana ? As if the facts of the situation weren't plain
enough … 2007/January/18
Charge ! An idea for a board game 2006 Changes to this site.
A tribute to
constitutional monarchy 2006/October/7
On Numbers and Games 2006/September/8
On the principle of population 2006/August/27
Making teams work 2006/August/23
What is a planet ? 2006/July/26
On herding cats 2006/July/23
monkeys: a diatribe about bad programming. 2006/Summer
Building the spinning
colour cube, a note-book of some SVG development. 2006/April/26
How often is the 13th
day of the month a Friday ? 2006/April/23
trade in world history 2006/February/13
a partial study of the
game of noughts and crosses 2006/January/14
an incomplete look
at how many valid end-states there are for the game of sudoku 2005/October/12
Intelligent Design is not a Theory 2005/October/11
On the true
origins of HTML 2005/September/30
Population limit 2005/June/29
Leaps in the dark 2005/June
Remarkable Physicists 2005/March-ish
The Man Who Knew Too Much 2002/February/8th
Ecological Randomness 2000/Summer
The End of Time
Written by Eddy.