May 12, 2009

The Education of Henry Adams

Adams’ autobiography is a commentary on the value, or lack thereof, of education and of the utter impossibility of understanding history as it is being made. But, it is Adams’ perspective on the future that I find so riveting.

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April 29, 2009

Pandora Internet Radio

On Pandora Internet Radio, you create your own “radio station” by naming a favorite song or artist. Pandora scans thousands of pieces of music that have been analyzed by something called the Music Genome Project to identify those with similar attributes to the one you named. Voilà! New music for you to enjoy.

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April 14, 2009

Living Tongues

Languages are rich in the history and taxonomy of a place, reflecting subtleties that can be lost in translation, says Greg Anderson, an ethnographer who directs Oregon’s Living Tongues Institute. When the last keepers of a language die off, so does the fluent understanding of that particular environment.

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March 24, 2009

How Jazz Hastened Civil Rights

As early as the 1920s, white and black jazz musicians played together in after-hours jam sessions. As jazz captured more and more avid listeners, white Americans started to understand the effect of segregation in all aspects of American culture.

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March 2, 2009

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

In Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcasts, the past is twisted and turned upside down in novel and intriguing ways. Dan Carlin, a veteran journalist and radio talk show host, emphasizes the drama of past events and personalities to reveal why history matters today.

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February 17, 2009

Kerfuffle! (pt 2)

A kerfuffle is the polite term for a cascading series of errors that can be initiated by a seemingly innocuous event that then leads to other errors that seem to gain in severity and impact. But where do kerfuffles come from and how do we prevent them from happening?

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November 14, 2008

John Muir (1838 to 1914) and advice for surviving the Economic Crisis of 2008

John Muir was one of the first climbers to explore and climb many of the peaks in Yosemite Valley in California’s High Sierra. During his first ascent of Mount Ritter in 1872, he became gripped with fear.

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November 14, 2008

Beauty and the Beast?

Several large Pharma companies have announced interest in acquiring small biotech companies. Many Pharma companies have reduced or eliminated drug discovery efforts, and with stock prices back at 2003 levels, there certainly is a great deal of sense in these acquisitions. But finding another way to integrate these companies and their development portfolio also makes a great deal of sense.

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November 7, 2008

Kerfuffle! (pt 1)

\k?r-’f?-f?l\ to become disheveled. A kerfuffle is the polite term for a cascading series of errors that can be initiated by a seemingly innocuous event that then leads to other errors that gain in severity and impact. This essay describes a strategy for eradicating or minimizing the impact of kerfuffles in pharmacometrics.

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