Archive for October, 2011

My favourite physicist

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Just one link for two books: Fine Feynman Fare: Freeman Dyson reviews two new books about Richard Feynman.

HFCS is not equal to other sugar

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Why High Fructose Corn Syrup is bad for you: Sugar: The Bitter Truth (link via MetaFilter).

“Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.”

In an octopus’s garden…

Friday, October 28th, 2011

MetaFilter: “You’d chase them under the tank, back and forth, like you were chasing a cat” links to Deep Intellect
Inside the mind of the octopus
by Sy Montgomery.

There are some other interesting links in the comments, a mimic octopus alternately morphing into a flatfish, several sea snakes, and a lionfish and the oldie-but-goldie Where’s the octopus? (longer version than the one you may have seen years and years ago).

There’s more octopus goodness in this older thread, for example this anecdote about a pet octopus.

Jobs and Gates at D5

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

After hearing about Steve Jobs passing away yesterday I read through most of this MetaFilter thread: Steve Jobs RIP. This lead me to a video of an interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates during the D5 conference in May 2007: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates together, available on All Things D (in seven parts) or YouTube (in eleven parts).

Update: Here’s the The Economist‘s obituary, published in tomorrow’s edition.