The Outsourced Brain

  I have relinquished control over my decisions to the universal mind. I have fused with the knowledge of the cybersphere, and entered the bliss of a higher metaphysic. The Outsourced Brain – New York Times Facetiousness aside, it does point out how others are consumed by these tools rather than consume them. Tom-Tom is… Continue reading The Outsourced Brain

Fun With Oracle Environment Variables

This is more or less for the next time I lose all my brain cells from not working over the weekend…. Critical Oracle variables: ORACLE_HOME ORACLE_SID Pretty much any script that deals with Oracle needs the value of these. Cron doesn’t have these variables, so use export VARIABLE to provide them to the shell. Also,… Continue reading Fun With Oracle Environment Variables

Science Mysteries, Explained

Science Mysteries, Explained – Popular Science The world is full of mysteries, and we at Popular Science strive to do our part to help you make sense of them. What causes Slurpee-induced brain freeze? Will junior1s piano lessons make him smarter? Can men produce breast milk? We’ve covered these important bases and more to help… Continue reading Science Mysteries, Explained

Cheating in an Information Technology Era

Some quotes from an article in the NYT on cheating. This recently came up on a WebCT Users list (usually at least once every year). Maybe the timing is right because the academic year at many schools just ended? Test administrators are usually one step behind the cheaters. There are lots of technologies that have… Continue reading Cheating in an Information Technology Era

Crime and Malnourishment

Perhaps this can suggest something even more novel like fast food is responsible for the increased crime levels? By eliminating McDonalds and Burger King, the US could cut crime by whole percentage rates? Maybe this could spawn whole new legal defenses? “Because I was malnurished, I was not thinking straight.” Perhaps too similar to the… Continue reading Crime and Malnourishment

Happy Mother’s Day

Kids are often deemed to be an intense responsibility which lasts for decades. Children also provide wonderful opportunities for entertainment. From the cute things they learn as infants to the idiot things they do as teenagers, children make life more interesting for parents. I am just glad my mom suffered through all of that with… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day