Month: May 2008

Marija Gimbutas: The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe: 6500-3500 BC

Marija Gimbutas: Gods and Goddesses of Old Europe, 7000-3500 B.C.: Myths, Legends and Cult Images Rating: I really must do a book review on the books of this very special person. I have several in my library, this is the largest one with a treasure of illustrations. The role of the female in the evolution of humankind has long been suppressed by a period of about five thousand years of lopsided focus on the male role. This era may now come to an end, but I always like to speak about research...

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Zotero: The Next-Generation Research Tool

Zotero: The Next-Generation Research Tool It’s free, and possibly the most advanced web browser plugin I have seen so far. What it does? I have been using it for 20 minutes and already I could not do without: it manages my library references in such a brilliant way! I have been using several tools to manage my library and bibliographical references: Librarything: www.librarything.com/catalog/rvens This is currently the place most of my books are catalogued, and a fantastic social networking...

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GM Mosquitoes Nearing Widespread Release in Malaysia

Male mosquitoes genetically engineered to produce offspring that die in the larval stage are nearing a release into the wild. As we first reported back in January, Oxford spin-out Oxitec was nearing a deal with the Malaysian government to release millions of GM bugs to help kill off the mosquito population that carries dengue fever. GM Mosquitoes Nearing Widespread Release in Malaysia | Wired Science from Wired.com An essential attribute of complex systems is the almost absolute impossibility...

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How intuitive is object-oriented design?

ACM Communications – May 2008 A recurring discussion is about the intuitiveness of object-orientation and its perceived complexity. Articles in authoritative magazines like the ACM Communications are also wrestling with this “intuitiveness”. This article struck me as especially interesting because it involved a multidisciplinary approach involving cognitive psychology, in particular the Dual-Process Theory, to research the thinking processes of object oriented modellers. First...

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The Mirrored World

Software is the mirrored world. The outside world is the “normal” world we live in. More and more however we see that, with the growth of the internet and numerous software systems we embed ourselves in, and increasingly grow dependent on, a situation begins to emerge of “two identities”: the Me in the outside “real” world, and the Me in this new inner world, this mirrored world, the person we are when googled to, the profiles of our identity on the various...

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