Michael Tobis

Michael Tobis

Michael Tobis, editor-in-chief of Planet3.0 and site cofounder, has always been interested in the interface between science and public policy. He holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences where he developed a 3-D ocean model on a custom computing platform. He has been involved in sustainability conversations on the internet since 1992, has been a web software developer since 2000, and has been posting sustainability articles on the web since 2007.

Recent Articles

Phone Companies

Sigh… Transcript from an online chat. So far this has cost us several hours and probably a few customers. Please hold for a Verizon Wireless sales representative to assist you with your order. Thank you for your patience. You are…

Boids

  Friend 1: We’re going to count birds  tomorrow. Me: Where I come from, counting birds is very easy this time of year. Friend 2: Because there are so many of them?    …

Kosher, Hallal, and Intolerance

An interesting rant at an unlikely site. For those who follow this sort of thing, there is a slowly building “outcry” by some corners that Butterballs Turkeys are Halal. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it means that they are…

The Burzynski Clinic

Someone acting approximately  lawyer defends someone claiming to have a cancer treatment, who charges enormous amounts of money to people for being in clinical trials. These clinical trials have been going on for decades without any published result. It seems…

quicquid status quo

I saw a sentence on a leftish site today, Mother Jones iirc, to the effect that “Power is concentrated in the hands of defenders of the status quo” This seems almost a tautology. Moments in history where this is not…

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Dennis Ritchie has Died

A less publicly renowned figure in the history of computing than Steve Jobs, but at least equally central in its development, Dennis Ritchie also passed away recently. Dennis was coauthor of the original UNIX operating system and author of the…

A better Way

This blog will be moving soon, to be a sub-blog under Planet3.0 . Recall that the original purpose here was to examine how scientific communication had failed and what to do about it. Planet3.0 is the result of that thinking.…

Good News from Texas

It’s still unseasonably warm in Austin, but at least the season has changed. While it remains very dry here, major storms have been quite visible to our north and south of late. So, it seems that October is bringing us…

The Forces of Occupation

Obviously I’ve been wrapped up in Planet3.0 these last couple of weeks. But amazing developments have been afoot. I am ALMOST as far as this: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI_P3pxze5w] But it is tempered by something clever somebody said at SXSWEco last week.…