RealClimate: The uncertainty prayer

I saw this recently at RealClimate.  I thought is was really cool and I thought that I'd share it.

Grant us…
The ability to reduce the uncertainties we can;
The willingness to work with the uncertainties we cannot;
And the scientific knowledge to know the difference.

From whence came the Zemox...

I had a short discussion with my eldest yesterday. It went something like this.

She asked me why I like Zemox so much on the web.

I told her that it was a word I created for an imaginary universe when I was about 9 or 10.  It was a place where you could design what ever laws of space and time you desired.

She said, so you have been using it all this time on the internet?

I said, no the the internet was created around the time I was born, like 1969-70.  But, the web wasn't created until around 1991, so I didn't get online much until after that, like around '93-94*.

You mean that you didn't have the web when you were a kid?


What about Google?

No, I think that wasn't around until the the early 2000's**.

Where did they come up with the name Google***?

Well, some kid made it up when he was about 9 or 10...

Well, she is turning 10 in October, I wonder what she will come up with?

* I first used USENET in 1989 at Bellcore, but didn't have much access until later.  I also used Gopher for a while until I discovered the Mosaic browser...
** Actually, it was founded in 1998. I didn't switch loyalties from Yahoo! until sometime later.
*** Google is actually a misspelling of googol.

Wocka: Joke of the Day

I always like a good quote. Here are a few amusing ones to ponder upon...
"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly
what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear
and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There
is another theory which states that this has already happened."
 - Douglas Adams.

"I'm astounded by people who want to `know' the universe when it's hard
enough to find your way around Chinatown."
 - Woody Allen.

"Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it
holds the universe together...."
 - Carl Zwanzig.

"Computer programming is a race between software engineers striving to
build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to
produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning."
 - Rich Cook.

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that it has never tried to contact us."
 - Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes).

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