Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2006  |  0 comments
One of my most pleasant memories from living in Santa Fe was cruising the back road to Albuquerque to visit Brian Damkroger for the first time in John Atkinson's classic Mercedes ragtop. Naturally, it started to rain and we had to pull off the road and wrestle his roof back onto the car. All this Mercedes mechanical sophistication and we still have to do this by hand? I thought.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2006  |  1 comments
Jon Iverson got the following email from one of our heroes, the Electronic Freedom Foundation's (EFF) Fred von Lohman.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2006  |  1 comments
Qwan Wen and Dmitri B. Chklovski, two theoretical physicists, have constructed a model that explains why vertebrate brains typically contain both gray matter and white matter. The gray contains local networks of neurons, wired by dendrites and mostly nonmyelinated local axons, while the white contains long-range axons that implement global communication via often myelinated axons.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 13, 2006  |  2 comments
An interesting treatise on anonymity in the Internet age. How much surveillance is too much? How much freedom from it is excessive? If we don't think these questions through for ourselves, somebody else might come up with answers that aren't palatable.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 12, 2006  |  6 comments
Rushing to get the last bits of the March issue out the door, with just "Letters to the Editor" left to proof, and:
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
You know that old bromide about science not being able to explain how a bumblebee flies? It's dead—they did it. As to how bumblebees manage to carry heavy loads, they apparently increase wing stroke amplitude without adjusting frequency, which is already high at 230bps—just like JA's beloved F1 race cars employ high revolution engines to power them to their mind boggling speeds.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  4 comments
As my readers have probably sussed out, I love to quote. What's not to love? As Mark Twain said (probably—most really good quotes seem to be attributed to Twain, The Bible, Shakespeare, or Casablance), "I get paid the same word rate for quotes as I get paid to make things up."
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
A subject I'd just as soon put behind me.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  2 comments
The best food writing isn't about snooty reactions to snooty cooking, but is like a personal conversation with someone you care about. A.J. Liebling's Between Meqls: An appetite For Paris, Jim Harrison's The Raw and the Cooked, and just about anything by Ruth Reichl all come to mind. And then there's The Great British Crisp Challenge, which is lively and entertaining as all get out.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
I like Andy Ward's illustration style, especially some of these recreations of classic album covers. Of course, in his "Fantasy League Allstars 1," he does have Hendrix playing guitar right-handed, but maybe in his fantasy Jimi plays rightside up.