TED Talk: Pandemics

TED Prize wish: Help stop the next pandemic by Larry Brilliant What can we learn from the 1918 flu? by Laurie Garrett My favorite part is that only 20% of Tamiflu is used by human bodies. The rest goes back into the ecosystem where waterfowl who can spread flu end up breeding resistant strains. Ouch.

Conservatory A Perspective

Conservatory A perspective Originally uploaded by Ezra F Today is a Baha’i holy day. So I took the day off from work. Rather than sleep in throw off my sleep schedule, I ventured over to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia during the morning wonder light. The garden routinely pays off in great flower photos.… Continue reading Conservatory A Perspective

Relative Truth

Found an interesting comment on an article the state of Georgia observing the Confederate Memorial Day…. The truth of history means very little to those who are dead set against learning anything from it. No matter what the history books used in our public school system say, most will never believe anything other than their… Continue reading Relative Truth

Dwarf Cornflower

“In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man’s love was unrequited.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornflower Its been a while since I last posted a photo here. Last year I saw the field as I was headed out of town and didn’t… Continue reading Dwarf Cornflower

Flickr Uploadr Ordering Broke?

When sending more than five pictures to Flickr, many photographers want the last one or five sent to be their best one. The Contacts page can be set to show the last one or last five photos for each contact. Meaning, the last one should be the best one. I thought I was crazy at… Continue reading Flickr Uploadr Ordering Broke?

TED Talk: Picking apart the puzzle of racism in elections

By Nate Silver A less than convincing point… The list of states with voters reporting a racial bias only well matches the Obama-Clinton difference map because Nate draws the audience to the states he’s picking on: Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia (5 hits). He totally ignores the strong race bias in South Carolina,… Continue reading TED Talk: Picking apart the puzzle of racism in elections

Smart Boys

George and I talked about this some last night. Nature vs Nurture… I tend to think of both as bottlenecks for human development. The debate about which does more to me makes as much sense as debating which is better for a web application: Apache or MySQL? Both are involved and affect the end results.… Continue reading Smart Boys

Session Oddities

One of the clients we host complained about losing their session. Blackboard recommended we switch how our load balancer is handling the session persistence. Before agreeing to do that, we decided to use Blackboard’s script to determine if there is a problem before trying to fix something which may or may not exist. An acceptable… Continue reading Session Oddities

Losing My Mind

CPR/AED training requires time on the floor rescuing dummies. Objects in pockets, like my Digital Elph, interfere with rescuing dummies. Digital cameras on desks without supervision have a tendency to disappear. (Not so much from coworkers kleptomania but from my distractions.) So I put it in my work backpack.¬† Today is the First Day of… Continue reading Losing My Mind

Blame It on Oprah

Ev said, “To those asking: Site slowness today had nothing to do with @Oprah.” Social networks are amusing and fun at times. I’m just a fan of moderation. Too much of anything will ruin it.¬†Ever since Twitter became the new Golden Tool of PR, I knew it would be a matter of time. Friends and… Continue reading Blame It on Oprah