Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Expander Blog

I once wished that I could get (academic) credit for blogging. It turns out I now can! I mentioned in an earlier post that I was taking a course on Expander Graphs. There is no homework, no final exam, or anything else of that nature. Grades are determined by participation in class, posts on the course blog, and improvements made to the Wikipedia stub on expanders.

Dilbert Goodness

This had me laughing out loud for five minutes. Ok, so it's not that funny, but the last panel was so completely unexpected that I cracked up.

This one is hilarious as well.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Katrina and Relief

The big news of the last week is obviously hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. I haven't written about it so far because pretty much everything I wanted to say is being said well somewhere else. Along with the rest of the world, I'm shocked at the pitiful response from the authorities and in awe at the generosity of ordinary people - people who have rescued survivors at risk to themselves, welcomed evacuees into their cities and homes, and raised over $400 million to assist those affected by the flood.

I've been reading all week about the criminal incompetence of FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), but today was the last straw. Constructive Interference has collected some of the worst incidents from last week. Read them and weep!

(Link via Andrew Sullivan.)