21 Jun 2001 jonabbey   » (Journeyer)


You know, I am amazed at how much the Discovery channel sucks. Two parts science, three parts commercials, five parts sensationalism. I am so happy to be a PBS contributor. I know it's expecting too much to see a 'high energy physics' channel, but is it too much to expect to see a 'don't insult my fucking intelligence' channel? Bill Nye The Science Guy doesn't insult anyone's intelligence, and he aims his show at ten year olds, for heaven's sake.

Sightings! Do UFO's exist? "We could explain to you why the science and statistics imply strongly that people who claim to see UFO's are lying, and what the real scenarios for exobiology are, but instead we'll do a he said/she said bit to keep the suspense up and to sell commercials to the gullible."

The more time I spend on the Internet, the less patience I have for advertising-driven media.


Ganymede is going well. I've had a lot of good feedback and bug reports on the 1.0 release, and thousands of downloads. Some of the reports coming in are really good, detailed, user-oriented things that I really couldn't have generated myself. There are just too many places where I know how it's supposed to work. Getting a fresh view really helps. There is a full range of users, though, from the 'i know you wrote some readme files, but i skipped them, could you explain this to me?' type to the 'you used an O(nlogn) algorithm in module DBQueryHandler.java when you could have used an O(logn)'. Both kinds are gratifying, nonetheless. Just so long as people are using my stuff.

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