Monthly Archive: December 2012

Who’s fooling who? 0

Who’s fooling who?

I get so frustrated by unsupported claims that people accept without questioning. It’s not hard to check. Google Scholar is your free best friend. Here are two really irritating ones from a recently shared...

It’s too darn hot 0

It’s too darn hot

The weather today in Perth is deeply unpleasant. Hot plus an approaching storm front. We have tried snoozing in the aircon. We tried going into the city to see the Hobbit in the aircon...

Why are there so many female geniuses? 0

Why are there so many female geniuses?

The recent publication by Scientific American of an article called “Where are all the Female Geniuses?” sent me digging through the Internet looking for some answers. After some research, I can only conclude that...

Breakfast bananas – how do they measure up? 0

Breakfast bananas – how do they measure up?

As one so naturally does on Christmas Eve, I found myself this morning contemplating the three bananas destined for breakfast. The rather scrawny and unnatural one in the middle started me wondering what ever...

the persistence of QWERTY 0

the persistence of QWERTY

Why is QWERTY so persistent? Common wisdom is that QWERTY was deliberately designed to slow typists down. According to MIT, it wasn’t. Rather, the layout was intended to place common two-letter combinations on opposite...

African time 1

African time

I have been experiencing African time this week. Wikipedia defines it as “the perceived cultural tendency, in most parts of Africa, toward a more relaxed attitude to time.”. This is not the same as being late....