Wednesday, June 28, 2006


never known a person to live to 110 or more, and then die, to be remarkable
for anything else.

Josh Billings"

The Determinants of Mortality

The Determinants of Mortality: "Is there a universal theory of mortality that can explain improvements over time, differences across countries, and differ-ences across groups? The authors argue that 'knowledge, science, and technology are the keys to any coherent explanation,' perhaps controversially downplaying the role of income. As for the future, they predict that an acceleration in the production of new knowledge and treatments is likely to increase inequality in health outcomes in the short run, but the silver lining is that 'help is on the way, not only for those who receive it first, but eventually for everyone.'"

Sunday, June 25, 2006


What if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence -- even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!' Upon hearing this, would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'?'--Nietzsche

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Reminder to Self: Slow Down on the Caffeine

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

My new workspace

IMG_0925.JPG, originally uploaded by eesley.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006

MIT ZigZag Video Magazine

MIT ZigZag Video Magazine: "06/14/06 Episode 7

See highlights from MIT's 140th commencement, check out the MIDAS automated dorm room system, and learn about the MIT Summer Research Program as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Article from USA Today titled “Not all successful CEOs are extroverts.” It has some good nuggets and real data in it. The punch line – in one of the studies, it was concluded that “the study found that the charismatic CEOs make more money, but make no difference to corporate performance.”

[via Feld Thoughts]

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Helen and Eun-Suk

IMG_0915.JPG, originally uploaded by eesley.

Helen and Eun-Suk came over to the apartment last night and we made some risotto.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Doggles - I learned about this at the Babson Entrepreneurship conference last week!

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Freshmen automate dorm room - MIT News Office

Freshmen automate dorm room - MIT News Office: "Freshmen automate dorm room

Little by little, freshmen Zack Anderson and R.J. Ryan, residents of East Campus, have turned an ordinary, standard-issue dorm room into something extraordinary: a fully automated pad."

MIDAS: Homemade Dorm Room Home Automation System

MIDAS: Homemade Dorm Room Home Automation System: "Since moving into my dorm this last fall, my roommate RJ Ryan and I have been working on creating the most elaborate automation system we could envision. Featuring everything from web control, voice activation, and a security system, to large continuously running information displays, electric blinds, and one-touch parties, the custom designed MIDAS Automation System has brought ease to our lives (if one doesn't count all the time it took to actually build and program the system).

The following page will both describe the system functionalities as well as a description on how it was built. Anyone with some programming and construction skills, drive, and a couple hundred dollars should be able to replicate this system."

Saturday, June 3, 2006

Odeo: TAL 310 - Habeas Schmaebeas

Listen to this episode: Odeo: TAL 310 - Habeas Schmaebeas

Thank You Jack Cafferty: Cafferty File: Gay Marriage Debate

Thank You Jack Cafferty: Cafferty File: Gay Marriage Debate

Watch Cafferty call out the fact that the Republicans are appealling to bigotry and hatred to get votes in the coming elections.