Ernie the Attorney : searching for truth & justice (in an unjust world)
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Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Yoga technique fails to save scientist from shark bite.

"An unorthodox shark researcher who claimed that yoga breathing techniques protected him from attack has lost a chunk of his leg to a shark in the Bahamas." [Via Electronic Telegraph] [Scuba diving news]

I've tried Yoga, and there is no question that the breathing techniques are helpful in reducing stress, but this is some cutting edge research to speak.
3:16:41 PM    

Truth through error. [via Jonathan]

"Nana: Yes, you have to try to be sincere. Someone said to me, truth is in everything, even in error.

Parain: It's true. They didn't realize it in France in the seventeenth century when they thought you could avoid error. Not only lies but error. And live in truth. I don't think it's possible. That's why Kant and Hegel and German philosophy brought us back to living and the fact that we must reach truth through error." via [Jonathon Delacour]

This is great stuff, as always, from Jonathan.  It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, which is from Francis Bacon: "Truth proceedeth more readily from error than from confusion." 

I think that this ties into what Dave Winer and others are talking about when they say that we need more breathing room in the software development world.  That is, we need to create an environment where smart people (i.e. those who don't get confused easily) can try out stuff, make mistakes and figure out what works.   So I guess, the only thing to add to the quote would be, "and the more people making the errors the sooner the truth comes out."
1:17:42 PM    

Digital Convergence...yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about Jenny.

Jenny writes: "I don't need a small camera that does MP3 unless it does other things, too (like voice recording, PDA functionality, games, etc.). That's why I'm so intrigued by the Sony PEG-NR70V. I'm really looking forward to device convergence. [The Shifted Librarian]

That looks like a cool tool.  Digital convergence is something I have been praying for.  I think my phone needs to be primarily a communication device (adding E-mail would be nice, but I don't want other functions added, unless somehow miraculously they can tackle all the usability issues).  But something that lets me dictate notes (I now carry an Olympus DW-90 for that purpose) and listen to music and take pictures if the fancy strikes me?  That's way cool.
1:10:54 PM    

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