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A forced break from piano playing, and thoughts on autodidacts and other learners

After work on Friday I drove up to Raulston Arboretum to check on the flowers and insects. The rose garden was gone – nothing there but dirt. 467 more words


Long Island Rail Road strike averted

Crisis averted … for now.

On July 17, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and eight Long Island Rail Road unions reached an agreement to avoid an LIRR strike, one that would have affected 300,000 daily riders and cost the New York City region $50 million per day in lost economic activity. 1,098 more words

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Magic and the Brain
Scientific American 299, 72 – 79 (2008)
Susana Martinez-Conde & Stephen L. Macknik
•Magic tricks often work by covert misdirection, drawing the spectator’s attention away from the secret “method” that makes a trick work. 296 more words

Social Psychology

From Brookhaven Lab via Scientific American: "Proton Spin Mystery Gains a New Clue"

Brookhaven Lab

Jul 21, 2014
Clara Moskowitz

Physicists long assumed a proton’s spin came from its three constituent quarks. New measurements suggest particles called… 1,152 more words

Basic Research


“Screens” in meetings (with one exception), are like a live grenade in a classroom: they divert attention and cut performance immediately.
“Screens” are laptops, iPads and cell phones. 320 more words


Brain eating Amoebas!!! What is it like to be infected with Naegleria fowleri? #science

Roni Jacobson has written a scary/fun/entertaining/sad piece for Scientific American about what it is like to have your brain eaten by amoebas. The almost universally fatal infections are rare, and usually occur from swimming in warm fresh water (think Arizona). 99 more words


Was Feynman a Fine Man?

What a hornet’s nest!

Back in May 2014 I posted The Neg, in which I compared the Pickup Artist technique to Richard Feynman’s account of picking up strippers from his book, … 1,201 more words