Monthly Archives: February 2011

Vaccinations & the Francis Field Trial of Salk’s polio vaccine

“Today in History”, one of my favorite parts in the Seattle Times, has this item today: “1954: The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh”. There’s so much hidden behind that sentence. Salk … Continue reading

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Ken Jennings on “My Puny Human Brain”

OK, I should stop this Watson streak of posts. But here’s a wonderful piece by Ken Jennings on playing against Watson: I like his sense of humor: “Watson has lots in common with a top-ranked human Jeopardy! player: It’s … Continue reading

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Try your wits against Watson, Jeopardy-style !

Check out this great site from NYT: Y0u can play Jeopardy against Watson (kinda)!

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Mixed feelings as Watson wins Jeopardy challenge

OK, you probably know from following Watson on Evri at or from,0,586302.story?track=rss that Watson won handily. To quote from the LA Times article: “During the Wednesday finale of the three-day “Jeopardy!” challenge that pitted all-stars Ken Jennings and … Continue reading

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Jeopardy: Watson has a very impressive, great day !

I was so impressed with Watson’s performance today in Jeopardy against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Jennings looking slightly flabbergasted was at $4,800 at the end of the 2nd day, while Rutter was at $10,400 and Watson ended with a … Continue reading

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User delight and Hotmail calendar weather info

When I worked at Microsoft Research, I gave a talk on search experience satisfaction at HCIR 2008 (see paper at, and someone in the audience wanted me to define user satisfaction. I suggested that users display satisfaction with a … Continue reading

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RIP, Ken Olsen, DEC Founder

Take a look at this NY Times  writeup on Ken Olsen, one of the founders of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Through DEC, Ken Olsen, who died Sunday, had a huge influence on early computing, particularly with the PDP-11s. I have … Continue reading

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My favorite Superbowl ad

Well, we watched the Superbowl game yesterday, though I am not very clear about the rules of this version of football where hands are used more than feet ! And of course the ads were fun, especially the VW one … Continue reading

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Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola | Video on

Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola | Video on On learning from for-profit corporations, applying these learnings to nonprofits and developmental activities.  

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Blogging’s easy when you start, hard to keep up. I hope to have enough here to keep you entertained and informed and thotty ! Onwards !!    

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