Archive for April 23rd, 2008


Metacognitive Miscalibration, or wicked problems and the desire to learn, and other reasons misinformed people think they are well-informed.

Why are the unintelligent or uninformed so arrogantly confident while the intelligent and well informed so often unsure and apprehensive? There is something very human to thinking you know more than you really do about a subject or issue.

Explained in terms of software development.

via Daring Fireball

You Twist and Turn Like a Twisty-Turny Thing

Bad Weather Makes for a Long Day

Changes in mass distribution affect the earth’s rotation rate. A little.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colo., occasionally adds a “leap second” to the atomic clocks used to standardize time. The last such update took place on January 1, 2006.

Arrg. And so do all of the timing labs around the world. The determination of whether or not to add (or possibly subtract) a leap second is the responsibility of the the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service.

Just In Case You Get Sent Up

How to make your own Pruno

Pruno, a prison wine created from fruit, sugar and ketchup
[Even though] it tastes so putrid that even hardened prisoners gulp it down while holding their noses, they’ll go to incredible lengths to make it