Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The above link is about the plight of a teenager in Florida, Kiera Wilmot, who performed a science experiment which went badly. No one was hurt and no property was damaged, but she's been expelled and she's facing felony charges.
The case has been getting a lot of media attention, which is a really good thing, I think. Here's some more reading material if you're interested.
DNLee has posted twice on the issue on her Scientific American blog. Both posts are eloquent, enraged, and worth reading:
There's also some discussion about what caused the expulsion.
Some cite zero-tolerance policies (http://madamenoire.com/275238/is-our-zero-tolerance-culture-behind-kiera-wilmots-heavy-handed-charges/) and some cite racism (http://newsone.com/2430066/kiera-wilmot-florida-science-experiment/). Both are probably factors.
What You Can Do
I've been trying to figure out what we can do to help Wilmot. Here are the suggestions I've seen around. I got all of these from DNLee's article.
If you're a scientist, tweet about the things you've blown up or broken in the name of progress using the, #ScienceIsNotCrime, #KieraWilmot or #Solidarity4Wilmot hashtags.
Personally contact the local authorities.
Here's the information:
Polk County Superintendent, Dr John Stewart.
Phone: 863-534-0521 Fax: 863-519-8231
Bartow High School Principal, Mr Ronald Pritchard.
Contact the Bartow Police Department
Phone: 863 534-5034 Fax: 863-534-5030
Sign the petition to drop charges, if you haven't already.
There's not much else to do at the moment. But you can sign offer to help by filling out this form, organized by DNLee. As soon as she knows more about the situation, like how to contact the family, she'll use the names here to figure out who to ask for help.
Here's the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UQ-CQ8G5UlRrxbn5pxPzgm44EQstz25WGWICMQHuKAY/viewform
Permalink to this post on the physics mill: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2013/05/03/an-update-on-kiera-wilmot/
Thanks for all you're doing to help!
REMEMBER. THE FIRST PRIORITY RIGHT NOW IS TO GET HER CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES. COLLEGE FUNDS, ECT. ARE SECONDARY.
-Initially Written By Jonah Miller and Copy/Pasted with changes/additions by Justin Howell
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
- Don't have to wait for games to download before you pay them.
- Easily screen record and upload.
- Watch people playing live, and take over the controller from your console if they're in trouble.
- Taking predicting what you're going to buy next to the next level: Games Sony thinks you'll buy next are automatically downloaded to your console, so you don't have to wait for it do download.
- PS4 games can be steamed to the PS Vita (Similar to the Wii U and Gamepad.)
Friday, January 18, 2013
A survey conducted by BCM found that in Japan in December of 2012, the Nexus 7 had 44.4% market share, while the iPad and iPad Mini together have 40.1%. More information can be found here.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today, people with Windows 8 Developer Preview, Consumer Preview, and Release Preview are being/will be given an error message urging them to buy full Windows 8, and burdens them with an automatic restart every 2 hours. You can buy a full copy of Windows 8... but... the upgrade assistant lasts much longer than the two hour restart time.
Not enough face.
Not enough palm.
There is a workaround, however. Going here:
gives you an installer, which just requires an upgrade key. I'd back up your files doing this, though, as you don't get to configure what it does with your files, and Microsoft has a track record of not giving alphas and betas the ability to keep them.