Your question is misguided. Einstein was a scientist, not an engineer. Scientists try to learn about the world; engineers try to use that knowledge to create useful things. Trying to rate a scientist based on his inventions is a case of using the wrong score board — like counting innings in a tennis game.
Hopefully, those keep you busy until I’m done with this @#$#% fellowship application.
For your reading enjoyment:
Anil Dash smacks down email forwards with style.
A math limerick that’s all kinds of clever.
A man was recently detained at JFK airport solely because he had Arabic writing on his shirt. Now, you can show solidarity and proudly proclaim: “I am not a terrorist”. (I own the shirt and will be wearing it next time I fly)
Need late night food? Find it at GopherNow
Too much good stuff going on for me to not post some of it. So here’s a link dump:
How cool is this giant centipede that eats bats for dinner?! And how’d you like to find one under your bed?
I often collect snippets of information that I read in text files, with the idea that I’ll turn them into blog posts or ruminate on them later. Right now I have way more accumulated than I can handle, so here are a few of the random things I’ve been reading about lately:
PZ Meyers on the state of science education in the US:
Imagine being an electrical engineer and hearing that a third of the country doesn’t believe all that stuff about electricity and radio waves, but thinks there actually are little people moving about inside their televisions. That’s how biologists feel about the state of knowledge about biology here; we’ve got a lot of people with medieval attitudes about the subject. This is the pool from which we have to draw our students, and that worries us.
Razib shares this exchange from a message board he’s on:
dude, mormans are weird. let’s just face it. the whole thing makes me giggle when I talk about it. golden tablets . . . the whole thing is goofy-times.
Weirder than, say, believing that a man who died two thousand years ago can be eaten in convenient wafer form as a requirement to getting into heaven?
By now this is old news, but according to Reuters:
The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court’s approval, the Justice Department said Friday.
Did you hear the headline abou the lunatic who raped the laundry woman and ran away? “Nut screws washer and bolts!”