Tag Archives: KUT

Can the Can’t

I never heard the actual program and was not quite able to find it. But over the last few days they were talking about this 2nd (maybe 3rd) grade teacher planning a eulogy for “can’t”.

When you say you can’t, you are actually giving up.

I thought that was an excellent perspective. Of course we can’t say “yes” to everything – there simply isn’t the time available to do it all.

– manzoor


Another Point

I have been thinking that we are not hearing enough different perspectives on the Sexual Harassment / Assault. Even though so many woman have finally been coming out and speaking strongly about the horrible things that they have been going thru all their lives.

Finally, on This American Life over the weekend they finally brought up a new perspective.

– manzoor

Five Woman on This American Life

Data & Discrimination

Just heard, partly, a program on KERA’s Think that was talking about Search Engines and how they are discriminating or segragating. This is just making a note of it so that I can come back and look more closely at the program and the issues it is touching.

The guest was University of Southern California assistant professor Safiya Umoja Noble . She wrote the book “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism”

While I wait to go back and catch up with the whole program more closely, I do acknowledge that search results have a huge influence on how we relate to information and the authenticity that we associate with them. Not to mention that our search result to a great extent is dependent on our biases. We are usually shown search results that tend to match our existing preferences. We “see” things that our friends & family see or comment on. Companies behind the searches are trying to be helpful in this case.

– manzoor

Throwing a Baseball at Near LightSpeed

I don’t really recall which program it was on but I was listening to NPR / KUT and heard this little piece of “What If”.

The explanation included how the air in front of the ball would not be able to move around the ball as it usually does, since it was moving soooooo fast. So, instead there would be a vacuum created right behind the ball as it was moving and there would be a constant fusion in front of it.

As I was listening the one question that was going thru my mind – wait a second, why / how would the ball itself remain together? Are we assuming the whole ball is acting like a single “thing”?

Needless to say, I eventually google’d and did find some related / relevant articles but not exactly the program 😦

– manzoor