Douwe Osinga's Blog: June 2003

Monday, June 30, 2003

The jailhouse rock

There is a category of social problems for which current solutions just don't work and still we don't really seem to care. We really...

I'm not a roll

Two weeks ago, I opened my blog with: I'm not a roll , and while I'm really not, I meant that I was on a roll, because I had blogge...

Thursday, June 26, 2003

The Matrix Reloaded: beyond meaning

So I went to see the Matrix Reloaded yesterday. In a way I think the movie reached a new level, a level we could have seen coming since the...

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Software with less bugs

According to the NIST about 80% of the time of software developers is spent on finding and fixing bugs. Not that all bugs are found. Think ...

Saturday, June 21, 2003

Making shopping easier

Men generally don't like to shop for clothes. Men usually have their favourite shirt, favourite jeans and a favourite sweater and they a...

Friday, June 20, 2003

Patens and medicine

Do patents work? They seemed to have worked in the nineteenth for getting all those nice technical inventions out there. Pharmaceutical comp...

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Making the world funnier

The simple reason why they play laughter in comedies, is that the jokes seem funnier when more people laugh. The viewers might think the tap...

Sunday, June 15, 2003

Atlantis II

I just added a project sealevel  with some code that lets you view the map of Europe at different levels of the sea. Nice to play with.

American Anxiety

A couple of days ago I watched ‘Bowling for Columbine' , a documentary about gun possession and why the murder rate is so high in the Un...

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

The location of Atlantis

I'm on a roll - three postings in three days! The subject for today is atlantis and where it might have been. A lot of theories and the ...

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Not a children's bible

This weekend I was reading a bit in a children's bible and as always it struck me how far removed the childrens stories are from the cru...

Monday, June 9, 2003

Why languages are complex

Why do have languages all these complex grammatical features? Languages seem to become more simple over the ages, see Lating becoming Italia...

Saturday, June 7, 2003

Why governments always need to cut spending

The Netherlands have a new government. Unfortunately the economy is bad and they need to cut expenditure. It seems logical, but if you think...

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Google Share

I stumbled on a nice graph component and couldn't resist. GoogleShare , calculating the mind share of something, is a new project. Enjoy.