Wednesday, November 30, 2005

OMG! I can't believe my eyes

I was catching up on my Bloglines account today and noticed a post by Adam Bosworth. This BBC article is unbelievable.

Millions of Americans, most of them supporters of the Republican party, believe that the world was created only a few thousand years ago as per the account in Genesis and the dinosaurs can only date from then, so the Tyrannosaurus Rex romped around with Adam and Eve.


But evangelical Christians, operating inside the Republican party ... are campaigning, for instance, to tell visitors to the Grand Canyon that this wondrous sight is not millions of years old, which it is.

I've heard such nonsense before. And that's why we left and moved here. Isn't it ironic?

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Too much work, but still having fun

It's been a long time. Instead of giving excuses about why I've not had time, I'll just share some interesting things. Recently, I've started going through Hoftadter's Metamagical Themes. Honestly, it's not as good as his classic GED but it's a lot of fun nonetheless. Here is one of my favorite self-referential sentences mentioned in the book:

There are thrree errors in thiss sentence.

Do you see the third error? I also really liked the chapters on Lisp. For those of you who haven't seen GED, take a look at the figure on this page.