Friday, August 22, 2014
It was really disappointing to see the end of the current season of Mythbusters. The season have felt too short of late but that's not the reason. Tacked on to the end of the episode was an announcement that Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci will not be back next season. That wasn't expected, and the way they handled it was particularly ham-handed. You might think, if they knew this was coming, that the show might dedicate a significant portion of their season finale to a retrospective on all the work the trio did for Mythbusters. My current pet theory is that Discovery channel tried to get the three of them to do a fake Shark Week documentary, they refused, and Discovery lashed out like a petulant child and fired them all. Probably not true, but it sounds good. You can see the sad ending to season 11 of Mythbusters here.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
A while ago, I posted a link to a presentation Phil Plait gave advocating for Wil Wheaton's law. Now I stumbled upon a video from TYT's Nerd Alert saying largely the same thing. I guess until all the trolls die off, this is a message that needs to be repeated.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
While I generally point out the shortcomings of local government and poke fun at their failings, today I thought I'd chime in with something positive. On March 31, Governor Herbert signed into law HB0128. This bill makes it explicit that a government agency needs to get a warrant before obtaining location information on an electronic device. So, the Utah state legislature feels that a person's cell phone shouldn't be used as a tracking device against them without just cause. Sometimes it's nice to say that someone's thinking is so twentieth century. Good work guys, think the federal government will respect your law? More on this story here
Friday, April 4, 2014
As reported in the Salt Lake Tribune, a teacher in the Granite School District has been placed on administrative leave and may lose their job. The heinous crime this educator is accused of is . . . telling the truth. Specifically, the truth this educator let slip was that computer adapted standardized tests were a waste of time and irrelevant to students. Anyone who has bothered to take a look at high stakes standardized tests has reached the same conclusion,with the possible exception of people who have a financial stake in such tests. So basically, the teacher got in trouble for not sticking to the party line and may now be out of work. Punishing people for not going along with the argument from authority is something that is more at home in North Korea or cold war era East Germany, not the United States. Sometimes it is easier to understand a seemingly irrational action if one applies the concept of projection onto it. If the Granite School District lashes out so crudely when someone questions a test that is a waste of time and irrelevant, perhaps they do so because they find that their institution is increasingly a waste of time and irrelevant.