Dare to stay

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

A piece of good news, Dare Obasanjo has decided not to pack in his weblog and proceeded to demonstrate such by posting several very helpful posts on the recent GMail scandal (which, all things considered, wasn’t that much of a scary situation–oh, we’ll get more spam, horrors.)

As an aside, sometimes when I write something that I somewhat regret writing, because it’s too sentimental or exposes too much, I write several blog posts, one right after the other, to ‘push’ the vulnerable post down and out of the page. I wonder if other people do this?

Anyway, Dare wrote some useful stuff on the vulnerability of GETs mixed with JSON, especially for Ajax developers.


Green Design

Vestal Design mixes coverage of environmental issues and web page design into an interesting mix. Mike Lin writes today on The Climate Project:

Well, my spirits are high and I’m going to do my best to hit the ground running. I’ve just landed in Nashville where I’ve been invited to meet with Al Gore, climate scientists, and educators this week and as participant in The Climate Project. Following in Vestal friend and collaborator Serge de Gheldere’s footsteps, I’m looking forward to learning more about climate change and reporting back this week with my thoughts, impressions and next-steps on how I hope to be more a/effective in this new year. You can read Serge’s account of his experience with The Climate Project here on Worldchanging.

Mike’s resolution is to be more effective in the New Year, and asks his readers what are our resolutions. I don’t have any, I’ve barely been cognizant that a new year has come, and I have to change what I write on checks.


Skeptical calendars

These are about the most fascinating calendar idea I have seen to date: Skepchick and Skepdude calendars. According to the site, and Bad Astronomy, who appears in the male calendar, the purpose of these calendars is to raise funds to support critical thinkers:

This year, we’re taking it all a step further. Not only are we adding an all-male calendar, but we’re going to use the proceeds to fund multiple $500 scholarships given out to people with demonstrated need who have a Big Idea for furthering science and reason. Beginning in January, we’ll accept applications, so start planning now. If you’re interested in applying for a scholarship, we’re going to need verification of your financial need and a business plan for how you’re going to use the scholarship to achieve the Big Idea.

I’m skeptical of the whole idea, but pleased to see both men and women featured in calendars.

But can one fund critical thinking? What can one do with a scholarship for ‘critical’ thinking? It doesn’t imply an education fund, because as we all know, there’s no guarantee of any thinking happening in education. A person could use the money to go to the Grand Canyon, buy up all the books that state the Grand Canyon is the result of the Noah’s Arc flood, and tastefully turn such into organic compost, but what would be accomplished? Silliness is like water, always flowing back into the void when reason passes.