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Viewing a Solar Eclipse the Natural Way

There was a partial eclipse of the sun when I was living in California in the early 90’s, and I noticed that during it the sidewalk was covered with crescent-shaped spots of light. Palm trees were making natural pin-hole cameras: … Continue reading

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Billions in Weirdness

A friend​ asked me about the science behind this project backed by Indian American billionaire Manoj Bhargava and I thought it worth a little more public response. There are four technologies discussed on this site: stationary bike for energy generation … Continue reading

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There was only one catch…

The civil service is the permanent government of Canada. This is why senior civil service positions have titles like “Permanent Undersecretary for Whatever”. The purpose of Parliament is to exercise political control over the civil service. This is the foundation … Continue reading

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The Mutant Flowers of Fukushima

This picture of deformed flowers near Fukushima is making the rounds today, and I figured it was worth commenting on it. I am physicist who has worked fairly heavily in radiation transport and health physics, as well as genomics. It’s … Continue reading

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A Closed-Form Argument about Climate Change

I’ve been a critic of over-sold climate models for many years now. I am a computational physicist, and therefore–unlike climate scientists–am professionally qualified to judge the predictive quality of climate models. I mention this because apparently many people think it … Continue reading

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Socio-moral vs Techno-economic Problems and Solutions

When all you’ve got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. This is especially true when you really like bashing things with hammers. Recently, there has been an upsurge in talk about the role of nuclear power in the … Continue reading

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Power Too Cheap to Meter

There has been some not-entirely-unjustified skepticism about Lockheed-Martin’s recent announcement of a novel fusion reactor configuration. This post is intended to explain why I’m hopeful about this, rather than simply dismissive. I’m a technological optimist. But you knew that. Timelines, … Continue reading

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Bluetooth Speakers That Are Silent on Reconnection

This is a public-service thing, as I’ve seen lots of people searching on this issue and getting a lot of useless and irrelevant advice. The problem is as follows: you buy a new set of Bluetooth speakers and plug ’em … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Indie Publishing

I’m at that point in every fledgling novelist’s life where I have to decide what to do with the damned manuscript. While it is true that “a score is not an album”, that fact is hardly relevant to the reality … Continue reading

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The Problem of Digital Media

There’s a lot of news in the news lately, and that’s a sort-of good thing. It’s only sort-of good because a lot of the new news is bad news. A lying, drunken, drug-addled politician. Corruption and lies in the highest … Continue reading

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