Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Early ED Research and Audience Participation
On Sunday, Radley Balko put up a number of links for his readers, one of which reads as follows.
As I was reading this, I kept thinking, “There’s no way this is going where it seems to be going.” But that’s exactly where it goes. And then beyond.
The “this” Radley refers to is an article posted at the DiscoBlog titled NCBI ROFL: Probably the most horrifying scientific lecture ever. which relates the story of Professor G.S. Brindley giving a lecture on his groundbreaking ED research in Las Vegas. It’s some story, though I hardly think it qualifies as the “most horrifying scientific lecture ever.”
Books - They Don’t Need Batteries
Gerard Vanderleun discusses books versus technology, in a post titled Bleached Woodpulp + Ink + Glue = A Mature Information Retrieval System, which is an interesting little read. Here are 10 points regarding books’ strengths.
1) No “advanced” technology required. Ability to manufacture present in all areas of the globe.
2 ) Crude but functioning units can be made by kindergartners with pencil, paper and glue.
3) Operating system and interface rock solid.
4) All types of information can be stored.
5) Has been demonstrated to be able to retain information in retrievable form across several thousand years.
6) Of the two, the User will often crash first.
7) All parts can be recycled.
8) All or part can be backed-up at any Kinkos.
9) Can be powered for hours with one candle.
10) All users receive up to 12 years of interface training free.