The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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Entries from March 2012

Guest Lectures

March 23rd, 2012 No Comments

I recently gave guest lectures in Jon Stone’s “Life in the Universe” course (2LU3) and in Paul Higgs’ “Genomes and Evolution” course (4Y03) at McMaster. For “Life in the Universe” I gave a general overview of the prospects for finding life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe. For “Genomes and Evolution” I talked about […]

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Third Party Tracking by WordPress+Quantcast Disabled

March 7th, 2012 No Comments

I just installed Do Not Track Plus and I recommend it to everybody, immediately. With it, I learned that my own website was inadvertently invoking 3rd party tracking companies (Quantcast) via the Official WordPress Stats plugin. Yuck! I’ve now disabled that “functionality” with the DoNotTrack plugin, but I’m still pretty upset that it was in […]

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IPY2012 FrostByte on ‘hima’ and ‘ddmp’

March 2nd, 2012 No Comments

I’ve made a short video teaser for my upcoming talk at the IPY2012 conference in Montreal. Check it out! [It took me all day to find the right combination of tools to produce this simple video in Linux! First I tried making it as a presentation in OpenOffice Impress, exporting that as a swf video […]

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