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Monday, October 20, 2003

Sunday October 19, 2003. I met Marie at the Caribou coffeehouse at Fifth and Washington.
We tentatively agreed to start a Clutterers Anonymous meeting in Minneapolis in December.

There've been meetings in Minneapolis, but the two currently active in the Twin Cities are in the St. Paul area.

I stayed longer than Marie did. Bad decision -- people were leaving the football game (Vikings vs. Denver Broncos) and Washington Avenue was jammed very badly by Twin Cities standards. (It was slightly worse than the George Washington Bridge at rush hour, assuming NYC metro area traffic hasn't greatly changed since the 1960s.)

I noted with approval that many of the female Vikings fans on foot looked as if they might play sports themselves, rather than being couchette potatoes. Not a majority; but I think it was a much higher percentage than it would have been ten/twenty years ago.

Public Release: 19-Oct-2003
American Psychologist
Renorming IQ tests due to Flynn effect may have unintended consequences
The steady rising of IQ scores over the last century (Flynn effect) causes IQ tests norms to become obsolete over time, so the tests are "renormed" (made harder) every 15-20 years. But this may have unintended consequences, particularly in the area of special education placements.

Public Release: 19-Oct-2003
Journal of Micromechanics and microengineering
Let water power your cell phone?
A team of researchers in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta (U of A) has discovered a new way of generating electricity from flowing water. It may soon be possible to never have to charge up a cellular phone again instead, the phone could be fitted with a battery that uses pressurized water.

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