Lawrence Solum’s Legal Theory Blog has a nice introduction to the precautionary principle — the bedrock philosophical/ethical idea that undergirds much environmental activism. This is a little dense, but well worth a read.
I just became aware that in versions prior to 2.5, Movable Type generated invalid RSS feeds. Even though I have upgraded Moveable Type since then, the old templates were not be automatically upgraded. Thus, if you are running a blog on our site, you should follow
these simple instructions for updating your templates so that your RSS feeds will be valid once again.
Mozilla Firebird 0.61 is out. It’s minor update to my hands-down favorite browser. I only mention it because this release is supposed to fix the “autocomplete crash” bug that has been really annoying me.
Seriously, if you’re still using IE as your default browser, give Firebird a try. You haven’t lived until you’ve surfed with tabbed windows and mouse gestures.
Free World Dialup is an interesting VOIP service. It’s not PC-to-Phone (ala Vonage), but a very easy way to interconnect to other VOIP users in a semi-standardized way. The site is still a bit long on jargon, but definitely worth keeping an eye on.
IConnectHere is a very interesting Vonage-like VOIP>Regular Phone service. Very flexible service/pricing options, unlike Vonage.
This stuff might be just about ready for primetime. Hmm….
Tribe.net is an interesting, still-in-beta, not-many-users yet social network (e.g. connect to your friends, friends of friends, etc.) app that is appears to be focusing less on dating (ala Friendster) and more on “other stuff.” Hmmm….
PS If you wanna check it out, let me know and I’ll try to figure out how to “invite” you to “join my tribe.”
Researchers at UC Berkeley (ed.– why couldn’t it have been University of Texas?) have just published a fascinating study that purports to identify some of the psychological underpinnings of conservative ideologies. Some of the best bits from the press release:
“Four researchers who culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of conservatism report that at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality, and that some of the common psychological factors linked to political conservatism include:
* Fear and aggression * Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity * Uncertainty avoidance * Need for cognitive closure * Terror management
“While most people resist change, Glaser [the principal author] said, liberals appear to have a higher tolerance for change than conservatives do.”
‘Conservatives don’t feel the need to jump through complex, intellectual hoops in order to understand or justify some of their positions, he said. ‘They are more comfortable seeing and stating things in black and white in ways that wouldmake liberals squirm,’ Glaser said.”