Archive for March, 2008
Excellent video on how to really make scrambled eggs.
Interesting survey by the Economist on various topics. One section shows that 80% of Americans believe in god, but when it comes to who should get a tax break, 35% believe the middle-income families deserve it compared to 20% for the poor. Compare this with 40% believe in god in the UK and 40% of people believing the poor should get the tax cuts. Seems that being devout has little correlation to being charitable or having concern for those less well off.
I was wondering about why it is that a few hours spent surfing the net often seems like a waste of time compared to reading a book for the same amount of time.
Persinger has tickled the temporal lobes of more than 900 people before me and has concluded, among other things, that different subjects label this ghostly perception with the names that their cultures have trained them to use — Elijah, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Mohammed, the Sky Spirit. Some subjects have emerged with Freudian interpretations — describing the presence as one’s grandfather, for instance — while others, agnostics with more than a passing faith in UFOs, tell something that sounds more like a standard alien-abduction story.
Who knows? Perhaps mystical visions are in fact nothing more than a bit of squelchy feedback in the temporal lobes. But that’s such a preposterously small part of what most people think of when they think of God, it seems insanely grandiose to suggest that anyone has explained away “God.” It’s almost ironic. Every so often during one of America’s little creation-science tempests, some humorless rationalist like Stephen Jay Gould steps forward to say that theology is an inadequate foundation for the study of science. Noted. And vice versa.
Well, my first attempt at a shopping cart was pretty naf. There was no feedback to tell you that something was happening when adding or removing books from your cart, and every book added was listed individually.
I’ve added some feedback now for adding and removing from your cart, and added the number of items beside each item. It’s quite a bit better. Still looks crap tho.
Well, they’ve finally finished. I was sure this was always going to be vapourware, but it looks like they’ve kept their word. I’ve had a play of the demo and it’s very reminiscent of the original. I’m not sure if that’s kind of cool and retro, or lazy. Regardless, the demo was fun and I’m pretty tempted to shell out the $33.83 AUD it costs to relive my childhood. You can find the game here along with a demo version.
Well, I’ve added another feature. You can now add books to a cart, which will calculate the price to buy all books in your cart at the various online book stores, including calculating shipping.
It might be slightly problematic for collecting referrer fees as people will probably not be clicking on each of the book links. I’ll have to have a think on that.
Next job is to make it look better.
I’m in an emailing mode lately.
While watching tonight’s story on the Lord’s Resistance Army on World News Australia, I’m curious as to why you would label their leader a “Mystic” — he is a self proclaimed Christian. Why would your well respected news desk make this error?
Dan Milne firstname.lastname@example.org