Tuesday Aug 11, 2009

☞ "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" in action

  • See how far "organic" has been hijacked by the food industry, to the point that the popular view of 'organic' ignores its holistic vision and just views it as a health fad. This is the fate of the term "open source" if we can't get OSI rebooted. As for the survey, this quote positions it nicely: "Pesticides were specifically excluded from the scope of this work. This is because our position on the safety of pesticides is already clear: pesticides are rigorously assessed and their residues are closely monitored. Because of this the use of pesticides in either organic or conventional food production does not pose an unacceptable risk to human health and helps to ensure a plentiful supply of food all year round."
  • Sounds like a miracle cure. Pity it tastes of beetroot.

Monday Aug 10, 2009

☞ A Busy Weekend At The Link Mine

  • Apple appears to be going through exactly the same transition - from underdog to overlord - that Microsoft so spectacularly failed (from an ethical standpoint) to navigate a decade ago and is only now beginning to emerge from its self-referential bubble and notice. The Apple response on Daring Fireball is an encouraging sign that someone over there cares about the problem, but Calacanis makes a strong case in this article and the answer from Apple had better not be like the idiots in the comments underneath it.
  • "In general, for weight loss, exercise is pretty useless" -- Exercise makes your body need food & drink. If you already lack the skills to eat & drink in the proportions you need for your health, the extra opportunity to screw up provided by each exercise session probably just makes things worse...
  • "Van Halen's standard performance contract contained a provision calling for them to be provided with a bowl of M&Ms, but with all the brown candies removed." It's true, and they have an excellent reason for demanding it that provides a great pattern for people planning events.
  • I don't think this comes as much of a surprise; it's clearly a nasty chemical. The question has to be "is it worth the risk", and the research doesn't answer that one.
  • I encountered this last week, sending a pretty routine reimbursement to a friend. Paypal now charges a fee regardless of the funding source, unless you indicate that it's a "personal payment". My friend refunded the payment I'd made & we did the transaction again as a "personal transaction". They are of course free to charge what they like, but the way PayPal announced it is pretty scummy.
  • Just in case you didn't think the TSA were abitrary enough...
  • I've always suspected that a prime motivation for Bush and Blair in Iraq was connected to the evangelical theology of Revelation. The source in this case (an fundamentalist secularist web site) needs treating with suspicion, but the line of investigation deserves exploring as I fear it was the background dialectic biasing (undoubtedly hard) strategic decisions.

Sunday May 03, 2009

☞ The Music of the Spheres, and URI Integrity

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