Monthly Archives: February 2013

Safety through fear

A review of bicycle helmet laws shows that more laws reduce cycling-related head injuries. They also reduce non-head injuries and increased head injuries in other sports. Put simply, campaigns to promote helmet-wearing appear to be most effective in making people too afraid to ride their bikes.Dave Horton, a sociologist at Lancaster University, amplifies these findings in a series […]

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Mr. Hakkarainen goes to Helsinki

If you refer to blacks as niggers but don’t call yourself a racist, then you’re not a racist. So said Timo Soini, leader of the True Finns party in a BBC Hard Talk interview. (The video clip does not play on mobile devices. When I find an audio link, I will update this post.)Soini was […]

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More on sacred texts

Sandra’s father’s family hails from a red-clayed corner of the Great White North. To the folks of  Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables is a sacred text. To many Japanese girls, the Anne stories are an inspiration beyond words. These stories tell of an orphan girl who is a adopted by an aging brother […]

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More on science

Three quick notes on the ways that science making our lives, um, interesting. We’ve often heard that printer ink is more expensive than human blood. Well, here’s a twist: UK scientists have used 3D printers to print human stem cells. It’s within the realm of imagination that we could eventually use human blood in printers […]

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Silicon places

In the early days of the Intertubes, many locations tried to become the next Silicon Valley, if only in name.We saw Silicon Alley, Silicon Gulch, and a bunch more that are just out of reach of memory. With this GlobalPost article, Far from San Francisco and New York, Silicon Prairie emerges, marketers are trying to turn […]

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More on job searches

A while ago, I signed up with the job search site, Glassdoor. Since then, they’ve been sending me a list of  suggested jobs in the Worcester area. The jobs, however,  always a great match. One of a occasional series. A bunch of years ago, I worked for a software company. It was hard work for […]

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Chasing shadows on Groundhog’s Day

It’s almost that day again, when something means something in our dreams. Click to enbiggen and to see the full Pogo strip Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham has taken up the cause that Massachusetts needs an official groundhog. Do you know that Massachusetts has been without an official groundhog for centuries? Outrageous! Abraham’s column includes a […]

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