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CFPB

Today President Obama named Elizabeth Warren (one of our favorite people) as a special advisor to set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It would have been run to watch the Republicans try to...

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Western Warship Combat Club

On our last day in San Francisco, we were walking through Golden Gate Park and we ran into these guys: They were members of the Western Warship Combat Club. They were testing new and...

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Four for the Money

Four recent articles on the economy. They’re by very different writers, but they kind of fit together somehow. Michael O’Hare apologizes to incoming Berkeley freshman for the mess the “me generation” made of their...

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Exploratorium

After Yosemite, we spent some time in San Francisco. One of the highlights of that stop was a visit to the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium is sort of the granddaddy of all modern science museums....

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BorrowLenses

When we were planning our trip to Yosemite, I realized that when we drove there from the airport, we’d be going right by borrowlenses.com. I had heard of them through their ads on various...

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Clouds Rest

From almost any place in or around Yosemite valley, you can look up and see Half Dome‘s distinctive shape. There’s one place where the view is different though. Clouds Rest isn’t the highest place...

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CDPH vs. UC Berkeley

You probably saw in the news that the California Department of Public Health stopped UC Berkeley’s Bring Your Genes to Cal program. That was an interesting program which the school had put together this...

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Minesweeper & P!=NP

You’ve probably heard about Vinay Deolalikar’s proof that P != NP. Are you confused about what it means? Ian Stewart has a nice explanation which involves minesweeper. Minesweeper is actually an interesting little game...

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Right To Repair

The news from Beacon Hill recently has all been about some gambling bill, but there was also something important going on. The Senate passed a Right to Repair law in July. Unfortunately, the other...

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Goodbye Google Wave

Google announced yesterday that they’ve stopped development on Google Wave. I’ve been using it to collaborate with widely distributed folks on one of my projects and it’s worked pretty well for us. On the...