Arrival of the Fittest

Reading Arrival of the Fittest, by Andreas Wagner, today. In the promotional material for the book, Wagner made a tall promise: that he would explain how the chemical constituents needed to “bootstrap” life could have formed on primordial Earth faster than one would expect given nothing but random chaining of amino acids. I haven’t gotten […]

Been a while…

Well, I drifted away for a while; just got busy with work and family. Right now my leisure time’s mostly spent on physics and guitar. I’m particularly enjoying guitar instruction videos by Steve Stine, Jake Lizzio, and “StitchMethod Guitar” (I haven’t picked up that fellow’s name yet). On the physics front I’m particularly excited right […]

Many Worlds Madness…

One of my biggest peeves in the physics world is the idiocy of the Everettian Many Worlds interpretation of quantum theory, characterized by this quote from Sean Carroll: There was nothing stochastic or random about any of this process, the entire evolution was perfectly deterministic. It’s not right to say “Before the measurement, I didn’t […]

Power is a dangerous thing

I’ve watched something amazing happen over the last couple of weeks. The left-leaning part of our society is suddenly worried. Not just about Donald Trump per se, but about a whole host of things. I wish I still had the link, but about two days after the election I read a post by someone calling […]

Out with the old, in with the new…

For some time now this site has been hosted on a virtual server provided by VPSLink. When I first set that service up, and for quite a while after, I was very impressed with VPSLink’s solid customer support and quick resolution of issues. Friday, however, the server went down, and it took over a day […]

The Law of Large Numbers

I’ve been surfing a lot of physics forums lately, and I’ve run across several “misguided” interpretations of the law of large numbers. For example: The law of large numbers is rigorously provable from the axioms pf probability. What it says is if a trial (experiment or whatever) is repeated a large number of times, independently […]

New theme and "About" page

I have some new directions I want to go with the site. These things will show up soon, but in the meantime I chose a new WordPress theme that seemed appropriate, and I re-wrote the “About Kip” page. The theme is just a framework right now, but over the next few days I’ll be putting […]

Assembly language Forth for Linux

I’m working on an assembly language implementation of a code-threaded Forth for Linux. I’m using fasm (flat assembler) and will use no external code whatsoever (i.e., Linux system calls only). Honestly, this feel a little like coming home to me; programming like it used to be. The Linux system call mechanism interfaces the same way […]