Monthly Archives: July 2002

Wealth Distribution

Two French scientists think they’ve modeled how wealth gets concentrated to the wealthy, and observe that in their model, increasing the amount of economic exchange that occurs helps to even out the distribution.
In “Wealth condensation in a simple model of economy,” Jean-Philippe Bouchaud and Marc Mézard developed a simple model of wealth transfer that reliably [...]

Keeping Kids From Slipping Through The Cracks

On a mailing list I’m on, Sandra posted, I’m a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a young girl (15) and her brother (13) who are in foster care.
The idea is to help keep them from slipping through the cracks…but, really, what I think the most important thing I do, is having these kids know [...]

Yipes Enterprise Services

Yipes Communications, my old company, has re-emerged from bankruptcy as Yipes Enterprise Services. Well, the web site hasn’t changed yet, but they’ve distributed three press releases:
Yipes Enterprise Services Emerges as Newly Funded Company Poised for Growth; Customers Received Unwavering Support During Transition
Yipes Enterprise Services Partners with E-xpedient Networks to Expand Services in Key Markets [...]

Lilo & Stitch / Star Wars Episode II

The kids and I saw Lilo & Stitch this week. I was expecting an overdone Disney thing, particularly after seeing the “there’s one in every family” ads where Disney attached the little blue monster to most of the other animated characters in the canon — which made it look like the little guy needed [...]

Web of Words

WordNet® is “an online lexical reference system whose design is inspired by current psycholinguistic theories of human lexical memory. English nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are organized into synonym sets, each representing one underlying lexical concept. Different relations link the synonym sets.”
With a suitable interface, this synonym web makes a handy thesaurus/dictionary. WordWeb is [...]

Principle Engineer

Seen recently on a job postings mailing list:
Principle Engineer – Java & XML Architect
A privately held technology startup located in San Jose, CA., is currently seeking candidates for the position of Principle Engineer (with specializations in Java and XML technologies). This position will report directly to the VP of Engineering and will serve as the [...]

Does Pasta Have More Calories Than, Say, Beef?

To compare grams to grams, 100 grams of ‘Spaghetti, cooked, enriched, without added salt’ (no sauce) has 141 calories, and 100 grams of ‘Beef, composite of trimmed retail cuts, separable lean and fat, trimmed to 1/8″ fat, choice, cooked’ has 301 calories. (From the USDA Food Composition database, which has lots of other foods, [...]