The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Just another everyday picture of Yosemite's awe inspiring scenery (I believe this features El Capitan as the backdrop, but hey, they're all darn impressive). Posted by Hello

Even the detritus from these mountains is impressive Posted by Hello

Bridalveil Falls and girls from "the O.C." that don't know what to do with the snow. Posted by Hello

Got a little too close to some of the waterfalls, heh Posted by Hello

Yosemite Falls -- wow Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Information wants to be free!

ok, I know everyone talks about all the work that goes into creating content and blah blah blah but it should be standard practice by now that all peer-reviewed journals have PDF versions and that these be available free (I'll accept the possible 1 year delay for 'exclusivity' sake) but it's just ridiculous I can't get access to some of this stuff.

What a racket.

As you can tell, I was trying to follow up on some of the evolution and am stymied by reprints. My major success comes from professors putting their own publications online but it's a big hassle and not everyone bothers. So, if anyone has access to KK Smith's 2001 review on heterochrony I'd be much obliged. Otherwise, there will be a preponderance of MK Richardson's articles.

Small Delay

Pictures are on hold because my digital camera seems to have wandered off. I'm sure it will turn up in the next day or two but those pictures will probably have to wait until next week.

A little more update on what subjects I am trying to focus on the for april.

1) Intellectual history of evolution -- I found a few good articles on other early evolutionary thinkers and how their ideas are similar/different to how we understand it now. This will be the first topic

2) Liebniz -- Stephenson brought him back to the fore and I've always been obsessed with monads. Everyone knows this. I'll try to see what I can dig up over the weekend and probably hit this next week.

3) California history, natural history, and scenery -- I'm at least loving the scenery out here and really want to be more knowledgable about what this is all about and how it came to be so expect some posts on that.

I'll try and keep myself confined to these to get a little more depth but I'll probably get sidetracked somewhere along the line as usual.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Well, that was some road trip

Well, I am now in San Francisco with my girlfriend and a new job, new car, and access to the Golden Gate bridge.

At long last I am ready to resume blogging and have started accumulating a fe wmore materials to hopefully keep things moving.

This post is just to let you know I'm back. I will try and upload a few pictures from Yosemite tomorrow. The real information will probably not really resume until April 1st but I'll try and get some stuff going and back in the rythm between now and then.

Still hoping that maybe this could be a group blog and not just me and my own internal rants.