October 23, 2014

6:23 PM | Denver chemistry teacher charged w/assault for methanol demo
Courtesy of JJ, I see that the chemistry teacher who had a methanol demo go bad on him was charged by the Denver district attorney: A former teacher is being charged in connection with an explosion at a Denver charter school that injured four students, one critically. Daniel Powell, 24, has been served with a summons charging him with four counts of third-degree assault, a class 1 misdemeanor, the Denver District Attorney said in a news release Wednesday. The charges allege that […]
1:56 PM | I find this NYT article just a bit naive
Surely we don't need professors to tell us about hiding information from your colleagues at work: Knowledge-hiding in the workplace is common and takes different forms, some more harmful than others, according to new research by Catherine E. Connelly, an associate business professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and David Zweig, an associate management professor at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Theirs was not a study of inadvertent communication failures. […]
1:47 PM | Daily Pump Trap: 10/23/14 edition
A few of the positions posted at C&EN Jobs over the past couple of days:Slim pickins: Not too many positions posted.Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: I see Saudi Aramco is hiring for a B.S. chemist position.Chicago, IL: Wheatland Tube is hiring a coatings engineer for steel. I love this line: " This position will report directly to the Corporate Coatings Director, and functionally to the Electrical, Fence, and Mechanical Tube Division Quality Assurance Director." This is a company that loves its […]
10:45 AM | Links (with annotation)
I’ve been heads down writing this week but I wanted to share a bunch of great stuff coming out. Here’s a great interview with machine learning expert Michael Jordan on various things including the big data bubble (hat tip Alan Fekete). I had a similar opinion over a year ago on that topic. Update: here’s […]
10:17 AM | Finding taxis on rainy days
A classic story on the play-list of many behavioural economics presentations is why you can’t find taxis on rainy days. The story is based on the idea that taxi drivers work to an income target. If driver wages are high due to high demand for taxis, such as when it rains, they will reach their income […]
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