Posted February 18th, 2014 @ 02:54pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Dear Creation Museum, all science is "historical science." Here's why:
The real problem with Ham's argument is that it's so blatantly hypocritical. Historic science is actually fine with him—but only when it gives him an answer that can be crammed into his version of the biblical timeline. In the debate, he happily cited a study that showed all domesticated dogs shared a common ancestor—he thinks that's evidence for a dog-kind—but neglected to mention that the study also showed that the ancestor lived over 11,000 years ago. For those keeping track, that means dogs predate Ham's creation.
For biblical reasons, he likes the idea of Pangea, but he doesn't like the fact that the continents are currently moving annoyingly slowly—far too slowly to have broken up Pangea in the 2,500 or so years since the Flood. His website proudly suggests that there might have been a period of catastrophic plate tectonics where the continents raced around the globe.
Posted February 17th, 2014 @ 11:00am by Erik J. Barzeski
According to Paul Thurrott, anyway:
This is not open to debate, is not part of some cute imaginary world where everyone's opinion is equally valid or whatever. Windows 8 is a disaster. Period.
While some Windows backers took a wait-and-see approach and openly criticized me for being honest about this, I had found out from internal sources immediately that the product was doomed from the get-go, feared and ignored by customers, partners and other groups in Microsoft alike. Windows 8 was such a disaster that Steven Sinofsky was ejected from the company and his team of lieutenants was removed from Windows in a cyclone of change that triggered a reorganization of the entire company. Even Sinofsky's benefactor, Microsoft's then-CEO Steve Ballmer, was removed from office. Why did all this happen? Because together, these people set the company and Windows back by years and have perhaps destroyed what was once the most successful software franchise of all time.
Posted February 16th, 2014 @ 10:40am by Erik J. Barzeski
The NYTimes has the piece: N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He's Gay.
I'm glad to see that we're moving in the right direction. Even as little as five years ago, this would have been a bigger story than it is today.
Asked if he was nervous about the step he is taking, Sam told people at a Saturday night dinner party at the Los Angeles home of publicist Howard Bragman: "You all are the ones who are nervous. I'm excited."
Posted February 15th, 2014 @ 10:35am by Erik J. Barzeski
I don't understand how people can waste hours and hours playing a game like this, especially when they're forgoing much deeper, more meaningful experiences around them. Even watching a good movie would be a better use of time.
Posted February 14th, 2014 @ 10:21am by Erik J. Barzeski
Three years ago today we released the first version of Analyzr - version 0.9.
By the end of next month, we'll introduce our first paid upgrade - version 2.0. It will add, among other things:
- Vastly improved screen recording
- Pictures in the Library
- Live Video recording via iSight, USB, Firewire, or Lightning cameras
- Export to YouTube, Flickr, and The Facebook
- Retina graphics app-wide
The Student version gets a few of these things, too, making both a nice upgrade. Currently (this may change), we'll offer upgrades at $149 and $29 - less than half the cost of a new purchase, despite the free upgrades many have enjoyed for two or three years.
I'll write more when the applications near release. In the meantime, you can check out the site or our page on The Facebook.
Posted February 13th, 2014 @ 10:17am by Erik J. Barzeski
Woz: we love him, but he's clearly out of touch with modern-day Apple.
Posted February 12th, 2014 @ 10:16am by Erik J. Barzeski
Eric Bangeman reports for Ars: How did we get here? A brief history of the evolution vs. creationism debate.
I'm looking forward to the Cosmos show on Fox.
Posted February 11th, 2014 @ 09:54am by Erik J. Barzeski
Rather than adjust your side view mirrors to see the side of your car, turn them out slightly to eliminate blind spots.
Posted February 10th, 2014 @ 05:49pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Unfortunately, I doubt my 2014 Kia Sorento SX will be offer a firmware update to replace UVO with CarPlay. I'd probably pay a decent amount if it was possible, though…
Posted February 9th, 2014 @ 10:40am by Erik J. Barzeski
I've never really understood Bitcoin, but I read articles about it, and this one is good.
Posted February 8th, 2014 @ 11:59pm by Erik J. Barzeski
inessential.com: 10 Years:
It's been 10 years this month since "upgrade from tcsh to bash" was placed on my to-do list. It's starting to look hopeless.
I still use tcsh. Yeah, whatevs.
Posted February 7th, 2014 @ 05:26pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted February 6th, 2014 @ 11:39pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted February 5th, 2014 @ 12:22pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Creation Debate Recap: Bill Nye Invites Us to Explore the World, Ken Ham Does Not
But what struck me more than anything about the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye was the very different posture each took toward the pursuit of knowledge and the virtue of curiosity.
More than once, Bill Nye addressed the audience directly, urging them to get out there and explore the universe for themselves. "Let's keep looking," he said. "Let's keep searching."
If Ken Ham had a recurring catchphrase during the debate, it was, "There's a book about that, and it already has the answers."
Posted February 4th, 2014 @ 11:30pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The Real Story Behind Apple's 'Think Different' Campaign - Forbes
Jobs was quiet during the pitch, but he seemed intrigued throughout, and now it was time for him to talk. He looked around the room filled with the "Think Different" billboards and said, "This is great, this is really great … but I can't do this. People already think I'm an egotist, and putting the Apple logo up there with all these geniuses will get me skewered by the press." The room was totally silent. The "Think Different" campaign was the only campaign we had in our bag of tricks, and I thought for certain we were toast. Steve then paused and looked around the room and said out loud, yet almost as if to his own self, "What am I doing? Screw it. It's the right thing. It's great. Let's talk tomorrow." In a matter of seconds, right before our very eyes, he had done a complete about-face.
I also just finished Ken Segall's book Insanely Simple, which I recommend as well.
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