Archive for July, 2010

Creationism in the Classroom

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

I’m critical of your critical thinking.

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Mind Hacks: The illusion of progress lights a fire

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Psychologists have longed talked about ‘goal gradient’ which describes how we work harder to achieve a goal as we get closer to it. I just came across a fantastic study published in the Journal of Marketing Research which shows that we can be convinced to shift into a higher gear of work and spending, even when the perception of progress is a complete illusion.

Follow the link for the full story. The experiment is quite simple/ingenious :)

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Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Phenomenal. Some key points:
“Trade is ten times as old as farming.”
Animals can have culture, but they do not have cultural exchange.
The chain of exchange for a single good in our society is nearly incomprehensibly vast.

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Installing latest Adobe AIR on Ubuntu Lucid (10.04)

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Positively fraught.

If you go with the *.deb to dpkg route and subsequently install nearly any AIR application, you will break apt.
Rather, apt will think that it’s broken because you’ll have used the –force-architecture flag, and 32-bit Debian packages are not accounted for in apt’s list of met dependencies.

You’ll get something like this:

You might want to run ‘apt-get -f install’ to correct these.The following packages have unmet dependencies.<The application you want desperately to install, followed by some hash> PreDepends: adobeair (>= but it is not installable..., etc. 

This forum post, wrestled for your convenience from Google’s insatiable cache, details the issue in greater detail. It will also direct you to use the binary installer (.bin file), which you can procure here:

Now, if you’re psychically spent from searching for a solution to your AIR problem, you might forget to chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin, which would give you any of:

AdobeAIRInstaller.bin: AdobeAIRInstaller.bin: cannot execute binary file
(if you bash it)

./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin: 1: Syntax error: "(" unexpected
(if you sh it)

AdobeAIRInstaller.bin: AdobeAIRInstaller.bin: cannot execute binary file 
(if you–sensibly–just type out the installer name and wonder why tabbing to auto-complete the filename doesn’t work)

Hope this helps :]


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W: Failed to fetch Something wicked happened resolving ‘’ (-5 - No address associated with hostname)

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Incredibly annoying error that plagued me for a bit.

The fix?


# google nameservers nameserver nameserver

Is now at the top of my /etc/resolv.conf


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