Thursday trivia #71

  • Fascinating article discussing a simple question: how can you tell whether it’s safe to run a nuclear reactor for 80 years?
  • After switching from Dropbox to SkyDrive, I had my first “uh oh” moment yesterday; I updated a file at home Tuesday night, then tried to access it through SkyDrive’s web interface Wednesday morning. The file wasn’t there. Turns out that the SkyDrive app can’t be run at logon unless it’s in the system Applications folder; I’d left it in the Downloads folder.
  • I’m really excited to see 311 tomorrow in Mountain View. I saw them there last year, and saw them with the boys in Atlanta last month, and they were the two best concerts I’ve ever been to. I expect a repeat performance.
  • The fifth season of Breaking Bad continues to excel. If you haven’t been watching the show before now, and you appreciate television dramas for adults, you really should be watching it.

And a bonus quote from mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell:

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do. If some one maintains that two and two are five, or that Iceland is on the equator, you feel pity rather than anger, unless you know so little of arithmetic or geography that his opinion shakes your own contrary conviction. The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology there is only opinion. So whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard; you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.

Application is left as an exercise for the reader.

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