Links for the week of May 12th, 2010

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  • Thorn Cycles Sterling – If I were going to get a suspension mountain bike, clearly this would be the one… since you can also use it to criss-cross the Andes loaded down with a week's worth of food and camping gear!
  • MIT OpenCourseWare HST.508 Genomics and Computational Biology – Freely available audio and slides from George Church's computational biology course at Harvard/MIT. I wish there was some homework from Durbin et al. to go with it, and it would be great if it were less than 8 years old. Also, without the video of the lecture, it's just barely possible to stay fully engaged. I'm surprised how much easier it is when you've got an image of the person to watch.
  • Another Kind Of Atheism | The New Republic – Godlessness it true, but is it good? I guess I feel like if it's true, we just have to deal with it, and maybe the goodness/evilness of it becomes moot. I mean, quantum mechanics is true… and we don't seem to feel compelled to assign it a moral character. There are a lot of ways to deal with a lack of god. Despair is one, but that doesn't sound like a good option to me. The complementary position is also interesting to consider: god is false, but does that make god necessarily evil? I don't think so. But given the option, some people prefer a difficult truth to an easy lie.
  • The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook – A wonderful interactive graphic showing the evolution of information availability on Facebook over the last five years or so.

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A former space explorer, now marooned on a beautiful, dying world.

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