Iphigenie’s minimalistic corner of the web

The old site is gone – any posts still of interest will be moved here over time @iphigenie: Web pioneer, physicist, ecommerce governance expert. Trickster, aims for greatness, questions received ideas, can never do what’s easy. Also wine merchant @alpinewines passionate about the alpine regions, heroic winemaking and “modest” varieties everywhere, hand crafted food and friendships – doing things […]

Hexagonal London

found on Strange Maps, http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/417-as-it-might-have-been-hexagonal-london/ who found it in London as it Might Have Been Leighton, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, published a scheme to divide London in a number of hexagonals, specifically aimed at preventing overcharging by cab drivers. “John Leighton suggested that the old borough boundaries should be altered to conform […]

Hunger

Definitions and manifestations of “hunger.” Ending food insecurity requires everyone to get involved. Governments, businesses, individuals and nonprofits—including food banks—all have important roles to play in creating solutions. Food banks serve as a bridge between the immediate needs of those who are hungry and food insecure today and longer-term solutions. For example, many food banks […]

That darned platonism

Something I have had long discussions about, with several close friends who tend to be on the other side of the argument. Seems the topic is warm again! are new mathematical truths discovered or invented? http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/31392/title/Still_debating_with_Plato If anyone cares I’m squarely on the invented side of the argument. I don’t buy the concept of absolute […]

Wheeler

We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance. John Wheeler died yesterday – I nearly got tears in my eyes reading this tribute: http://cosmicvariance.com/2008/04/13/goodbye/ I’m sadder than I can quite understand about this. Partly because of the tribute, and […]

Recent Reads, Sept 2003

David Brin, Kiln People (Tor 1/02) The job of a private investigator has new twists in this future where disposable duplicate bodies make it possible to be literally in two places at one time. A richly complex hard-boiled, hard-SF mystery. Rhapsody – Elizabeth Haydon. Regularly recommended to me so when i saw it cheap… And […]