Joel on Software: “Whaddaya mean, you can’t find programmers?”

Silence from Susan at 2020 Hindsight: ”
I’ve been thinking of silent retreats as a way to encounter one’s internal chatter.” That sounds great Susan!

[Scripting News] The baby eagle story: “There was a baby eagle living in a nest perched on a cliff overlooking a beautiful valley with waterfalls and streams, trees and lots of little animals, scurrying about enjoying their lives.” That’s a timeless story Dave. Thanks!

John VanDyk at View from an Iowa Homestead: “I mentioned [to Bob Bierman] that I had PostgreSQL and Frontier talking to each other, he asked me to write up a how-to. So I did.” A good useful, succinct how-to. Thanks John! John has a lot of fantastic things going on in Iowa, family, career, faith, garden, the homestead, they’re going to do home schooling, listens to Greg Brown, fan of Buckaroo Banzai – on top of that he codes . He’s written a Frontier plugin for metadata. And he sleeps … when? A great weblog, I read it daily. I haven’t mentioned it because … I don’t know why. Go visit – I think you’ll like it.

It was hot out there in southern Nevada today. I’m a little off the mark … need electrolytes … air conditioning ….

[Mac users] A new version of FinderPop (1.8.9) is out.

[Reuters] For Neanderthals, life was a meaty problem. Neanderthals feasted on meat, meat and more meat, researchers said on Monday in a report that adds to a growing body of evidence that they were skilled hunters and not the grunting, witless cave men they are often portrayed as.

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I am the non-admin personality of blivet tool & die I have been academically trained as a professional archaeologist (MA, RPA) and now live in Arvada, CO. Father, husband, scientist, geek of several trades, and high-functioning Autistic adult. Future planetary expatriate?

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  1. Actually, I always thought that early man was largely a carnivore because of the rapid development of the brain. Incredible amount of evolutionary pressure to force that kind of change…

    After all-how much intelligence does it take to sneak up on a blade of grass?

  2. It could be a chicken and egg thing. Certainly to stay alive and find food while not entering the food chain was a task. Trinkhaus has been trying to make the case for a generally unilinear human evolution (with variation) for some time. He’s part of the ‘lumper’ faction, while the ‘splitter’ faction of course argues for many species, many dead ends, but only ‘one true Homo‘. Human cladistics makes my head hurt because with the evolution of Homo its a religious war. The facts (such as they are, and are known) don’t always hold as much weight as the convictions…

  3. Sorry about the straight line, Hal. I keep forgetting this is your line of work, and that you have already heard all of these lines before.


    What are cladistics?

  4. Ah, my old friend cladistics … will get you a bunch of stuff including which under “Introduction” sums it up much better than I –

    ‘Cladistics is a particular method of hypothesizing relationships among organisms. Like other methods, it has its own set of assumptions, procedures, and limitations. Cladistics is now accepted as the best method available for phylogenetic analysis, for it provides an explicit and testable hypothesis of organismal relationships.

    The basic idea behind cladistics is that members of a group share a common evolutionary history, and are “closely related”, more so to members of the same group than to other organisms. These groups are recognized by sharing unique features which were not present in distant ancestors.”

    So, any time you see those ‘tree’ diagrams that show which organism evolved from which ancestor, that’s a clade diagram – cladistics. Its how you draw those diagrams that get folks riled up…

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