creativity, music

How to use the Moog Google Doodle (Moogle?)

Perhaps I could’ve used this yesterday, but fortunately, Google archives its doodles. Enjoy.

Google’s Rad Synth Doodle Explained By Moog Music Chief Engineer.

philosophy

So yeah — take THAT, economists (and others)

Philosophy professor Gary Gutting gets to the heart of the problem with economics and other social sciences.

While the physical sciences produce many detailed and precise predictions, the social sciences do not.  The reason is that such predictions almost always require randomized controlled experiments, which are seldom possible when people are involved.

His conclusion:

Given the limited predictive success and the lack of consensus in social sciences, their conclusions can seldom be primary guides to setting policy.  At best, they can supplement the general knowledge, practical experience, good sense and critical intelligence that we can only hope our political leaders will have.

via How Reliable Are the Social Sciences? – NYTimes.com.

tv

NBC: Thanks for renewing Community and all that, but yeesh!

What happens when a foulmouthed satellite radio DJ – played by the multi-platinum selling artist and outrageously charming Dane Cook (“My Best Friend’s Girl”) – is forced to share the mic with a chipper NPR feminist?

Um … I change the channel?

Seriously — the new comedies look horrible. It’s almost as if they’re specially designed to make people appreciate how good the Thursday night lineup (plus Community, now on Fridays) really is.

via NBC.com – Inventive New Comedies, Compelling New Dramas And A Quality Lineup Of Returning Series Highlight The 2012-13 NBC Primetime Schedule.