Via Kevin Drum
Isaac Newton’s Gravity – How a major new exhibition gets the scientist wrong. By James�Gleick
Gleick has an interesting article up on Slate about the complexities of Issac Newton NOT mentioned in a new NY Public Library exhibit. As a biographer of Newton, he’s certainly qualified to critique it.
Thanks to books like Gregory Keyes novel Newton’s Cannon
, I am well aware that Newton was far more than the portrait of the ur-scientist that most people have of him. He was very interested in the occult as well, and was a hard, sometimes pettily punitive man.
As well as being a brilliant theoretician, of course.
Brad DeLong’s Semi-Daily Journal: A Weblog: Max Sawicky Has the Goods on Bush’s Secret Social Security Plan
The amusing thing about this entry of Brad’s is the SF references to Dune and to Wells. (See the comments, too).
Who says we aren’t living in an SF world?
Hmm…but if this is Dune, then does that make Teresa Kerry a member of the Bene Gesserit?
MSNBC – Damon powers Red Sox into World Series
Coming back from a 3-0 series deficit, the Boston Red Sox have done the unthinkable, and beaten the NY Yankees to go to the world series.
No team in Baseball playoff history had ever come back from a 3-0 series to win it.
Of course, if the Red Sox go on to lose the World Series, then one could say that the Curse still holds. After all, the Red Sox have BEEN in the World Series since 1918…they just have never won it.
OOC: Added a little more information, clarifying matters.
Michael, who plays Oliver in SB, sparked an obvious mechanics question.
We know that player characters have significant numbers of points, as do NPC cousins, to say nothing of Elders. And the same is true of Chaosians.
But what about lower level characters?
Continue reading How many points does a “mook” have in SB?
The change in the title of the Blog (albeit until it no longer amuses me, possibly on Nov 3) is due to the telling comments as reported by Matthew Yglesias, among others, about Ron Susskind’s article in the Times.
The aide said that guys like me were ��in what we call the reality-based community,’� which he defined as people who ��believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’� I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ��That�s not the way the world really works anymore,’� he continued. ��We�re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you�re studying that reality � judiciously, as you will � we�ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that�s how things will sort out. We�re history�s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’�
I’ll take reality any day. I leave ‘creating reality’ to my Amberites and Total Recall and eXistenZ.
NFL.com – NFL Hurricane Relief Drive
If you visit the linked page on NFL.Com, the NFL (along with the Weather Channel) pledges to donate a $1 to Hurricane Relief, up to a cap of $100,000.
I think its worth a click to make sure they hit that cap, don’t you?
Yesterday was “Worldwide D&D Game Day.”
I, myself, went to the excellent local gaming store, The Source.
Continue reading Worldwide D&D Game Day
I do have to get out a review of my latest purchase, Exalted: Sidereals, out, as well as other RPG reviews I owe (Paranoia XP, for example).
But, I came across the following on the WW Site, and its their description of a book coming out this fall…
Exalted: Fair Folk.
Continue reading Exalted goodness
Doc’s Game Dream (yeah, yeah, I’m behind on these) this time around is a
Do a mock review of a game that doesn’t exist, but you think really ought to. Readers are encouraged to let the author of the review know if this game exists in another form somewhere.
Continue reading Game Dream 18: Mock Review
MSNBC – Google launches desktop search tool
Its in beta, but Google, on the heels of its creation of Picasa , now has a desktop search tool for files on your own PC.
I’m going to download and install this today, and try it out. I have tons of text files this might be an easier way to navigate and look through, especially SB text files.