Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson, RIP, dies of Cardiac Arrest.

Rest in Peace Man.

"Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back." -- TMZ

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wow, nice rant for XML

"SGML was a major improvement on the markup languages that preceded it
(including GML), which helped create better publishing systems and helped
people think about information in much improved ways, but when the zealots
forgot the publishing heritage and took the notion that information can be
separated from presentation out of the world of publishing into general data
representation because SGML had had some success in "database publishing",
something went awry, not only superficially, but fundamentally. It is not
unlike when a baby, whose mother satisfies its every need before it is even
aware that it has been expressed, grows up to believe that the world in general
is both influenced by and obliged to satisfy its whims. Even though nobody in
their right mind would argue that babies should fend for themselves and earn
their own living, at some point in the child's life, it must begin a
progression towards independence, which is not merely a quantitative difference
from having every need satisfied by crying, but a qualitative difference of
enormous consequence. "

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Asperger's and not about facial expressions

I have been reading up on Austism and Asperger's recently. Just adding to my psychology research. One thing that struck me about the current research. Researchers believe that people with Asperger's are bad at reading facial expressions.

"On a wide variety of tests that distinguish normal females from normal males, he says—from eye contact to language development to understanding facial expressions to intuitive physics—autistics of both genders lie beyond normal males, on the other side of the spectrum from females."

Personally, I just don't feel that high functioning austics are bad at something as simple as reading facial expressions. But, they may in fact be bad at all the emotions associated with a positive or even negative facial expressions. Is a smile more than a smile. Is a frown a threatening response. There is probably so much going on with the expression that it is information overload for the Aspie. So, I always wonder why research is devoted to this.