2003-02-24

Hubble, Hubble toil and trouble

(With apologies to Shakespeare)

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble."

William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1606) act 4, scene 1, line 14

The 2003-02-15 issue of NewScientist has an article titled "Our Universe in glorious detail" on pages 12-13, about results from the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP). On page 12 is a small sidebar "Our Universe: The Facts", which contains (among others) the following two items:

  • Age: 13.7 billion years
  • Hubble constant (expansion rate): 71 km/sec/megaparsec

Since I'm interested in pregeometry (a term coined in the 1977 paper "Is physics legislated by cosmogony?" by J. A. Wheeler and C. M. Patton, and meaning "...something deeper than geometry, that underlies both geometry and particles."), I wondered what the above would entail at the Planck scale.

2003-02-20

Python::Bytecode::SAX Version 0.1 Released

I just released version 0.1 of the Python::ByteCode::SAX Perl Module.

@INC hooks: there should be two kinds (IMO)

Seems like there are two different ways one might want to hook into @INC. The first is to provide an alternate location (see my Import Subversion example). This works fine by allowing coderefs in the @INC array.

2003-02-19

The Peer Theorem

The Peer Theorem states "Other people are my peers". It is the fundamental underlying organizing principle of social interaction. Without some form of the Peer Theorem with reasonably wide acceptance, there can be no persistent social arrangement among people.

NOTE: This is a followup to People Are Not Commodities! and UPDATED: People Are Not Commodities!.

2003-02-18

Great Spirits

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

— Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

2003-02-16

POD Text Formatter Plugin 0.1 for Movable Type Released

NOTE: Since Gregor's World is no longer implemented with Movable Type, this article has been edited to show first what the rendered output used to look like, then what the input that generated it looked like.

2003-02-14

2003-02-10

France and Germany on Iraq — Diagnosed

I've been looking for a place to use this line since 2001-10-03...

France and Germany are failing to think straight about the Iraq situation because they are suffering from a Euro-Logic disease.

UPDATED: Hey! I’m Talkin’ Over Here!

UPDATED: People Are Not Commodities!

The original entry is worded strangely, but it does still ring true (or at least possible) to me. In contemporary American society, one tends to encounter many people in a day, but without much real interaction with them (ordering fast food or checking out at the grocery store doesn't count as real interaction). In most of these encounters, the other person is performing a function and could just as well have been any of a number of other people. Their unique character doesn't matter (and in some cases is obscured by their robot-like behavior anyway, but I digress...).

Getting Things Done

Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.

George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara (1907), act 3.