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Linkdump for November 9th

by Rob Friesel

Officials: Fake weapons parts ‘ticking time bomb’ At the Associated Press. Fascinating story. (tagged: military politics counterfeit research ) Goes Creative Commons: 50 Great Images That Are Now Yours Thanks, Wired. (tagged: creative commons wired ) To Find Alien Cities, Look for City Lights on Distant Planets at Popular Science (tagged: Science Astronomy ) […]

Linkdump for October 4th

by Rob Friesel

Making Laws About Making Babies at (tagged: research politics fertility ) One-Third of Sun-Like Stars Have Earth-Like Planets In Habitable Zone And (as usual?) the comment thread from pedantic astrophysics nerds is awesome. (tagged: Astronomy Science research ) Innovation Starvation Neal Stephenson (writing at World Policy Institute) on the demise of innovation. Mandatory reading. […]

Linkdump for September 13th

by Rob Friesel

Diamond planets, climate change and the scientific method Matthew Bailes: …I suspect we’d find a lot of commentators, many with no scientific qualifications, pouring scorn on our findings. People on the fringe of science would be quoted as opponents of our work, arguing that it was nothing more than a theory yet to be conclusively […]

Linkdump for August 30th

by Rob Friesel

The Sass Way (tagged: Ruby css Sass blog ) Sass for Designers at SonSpring (tagged: webdev css sass ) Nanolaw with Daughter Been meaning to read this for months. Finally for around to it. So worth it. (tagged: writing scifi future history fiction ) In the privacy of our homes at Code: Flickr Developer Blog […]

Linkdump for August 22nd

by Rob Friesel

HOWTO Use UTF-8 Throughout Your Web Stack at, via DF (tagged: webdev web programming UTF-8 ) Chrome and Safari extension to rehabilitate disruptive footnotes. at Ideon Open Ideas — a great idea but sadly doesn’t work on yet; it appears to be looking for footnotes with fn embedded in the href… so perhaps […]

How the Universe Got Its Spots

by Rob Friesel

You might have come across Janna Levin’s How the Universe Got Its Spots the same way that I did—by seeing it show up in io9’s “20 Science Books Every Scifi Fan (and Writer) Should Read”, or some such similar list of “must read” science books. Of Levin’s book, io9’s Annalee Newitz writes: Levin is a […]

The Trouble with Physics

by Rob Friesel

I first came across The Trouble with Physics after reading The Elegant Universe and receiving this comment which pointed me to this review. I had closed the covers of The Elegant Universe feeling invigorated about physics generally1 but sour on string theory specifically. Simply put, for as elegant as string theorists claim that string theory […]

Linkdump for January 6th

by Rob Friesel

a wishlist for contenteditable at totes profesh (tagged: wysiwyg todo webdev ) Face Research "Psychology experiments about preferences for faces and voices." ¶ Filed under: Holy WTF? (tagged: psychology research science social fun ) When adaptation doesn’t happen Just as interesting a question as “How did these 5 adapt?” is “Why did these 21 fail […]

Linkdump for December 28th

by Rob Friesel

Why ARE Restaurant Web sites so bad? Interesting discussion (especially in the comments) about why the restaurant business seems particularly plagued by poorly-designed, overly-flashy, nearly unusable websites.  What's a surprise to me though it that hardly anyone seems to mention the cost factor–most restaurants have such slim margins that it doesn't necessarily make sense (at […]