This guy taught me all I know about being an unapologetic nerd. I wish I'd watched his show more, and learned more of what he had to teach.
Tonight, snowflakes are dancing in the heavens.
The Sorites Paradox is an old Greek thought-experiment. We start with two grains of sand. This, clearly, is not a heap of sand. If we add a single grain, it is still not a heap. But after thousands of grains, you have to ignore the fact that one grain ago you didn't call it a heap, and look at the big freaking heap in front of you. This concept applies to lots of things, from police states, to boiling frogs, to lame blogs (One post doesn't make this blog lame!)
In a closely watched case involving rendition and torture, a lawyer for the Obama administration seemed to surprise a panel of federal appeals judges on Monday by pressing ahead with an argument for preserving state secrets originally developed by the Bush administration.
About Wednesday of last week, I got a request from a coworker in our Paris office to build a terrain dataset for a trial of our microwave network planning tool. It didn't have any clear labelling, and it wasn't clear where the data was for when I put it together. I finally got it built on Friday morning, as the news was talking about the Russian offensive really heating up, and I was recoginizing some of the terrain in the maps as disturbingly familiar.
This dataset I was working on was for the Russian Caucasus, and includes Chechnya, North Ossetia, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia. There aren't any significant expansions of the data into Azerbaijan or other parts of Georgia. It's kind of creepy. And the cherry on top of this creepy-coincidence-sundae is that the coworker who made this request is named Mikhail.
I really hope somebody is just planning to build a nice, non-violent telecomunications network using this data. 8-(