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Sunday,  11/16/08  08:57 AM

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Visiting Brazil...
(that's Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro)

the big five-O
... and turning fifty!

Hi y'all...  well, I'm back.  Whew.  Back from a whirlwind trip to Brazil, culminating in a wonderful incredible party last night celebrating our 50th birthdays!

So here's what's going to happen, you get a peek behind the curtain.  When I blog, I use a WYSIWYG tool called Citydesk.  I create pages, and then sync them to my server.  When you access pages, there is a little additional logic that happens dynamically on the server which adds all the trim - the header up at the top, the navigation bar at the right, etc.  Sometimes when I'm traveling I create pages but can't sync them right away, so stuff appears kind of out of order.  And so it will be now, because I have a weeks' worth of stuff queued up!  Posts about the world, which didn't hit pause just because I was out, and posts about the blogosphere, which never stops, and posts about my experiences in Brazil.


Please stay tuned, and watch this space for updates :)

And so now we're up to date, whew, no more queued posts.

Friday was spent in Salvador, and that night I flew back, arriving yesterday morning (five hours to São Paulo, ten to Dallas, and three back to L.A.); fortunately I managed to sleep (!), and in between I picked up email, read blog posts, and delighted in my Kindle.  Upon arriving I managed to squeeze in a little ride - my first in a week! - and then it was on to preparing for the great 50th birthday party, as we celebrated our "Midway point" with approximately 50 of our best friends.

We now resume our regularly scheduled blogging...



Sunday,  11/16/08  11:10 PM

Well I really am back - spent the day catching up, on email, on RSS feeds, on status reports, on pretty much everything.  And I'm not caught up entirely yet.  My life takes a lot of work just keeping up with all the inputs :)

One thing, I happened upon my BOO! post of 10/31, in which I summarized a wild and unpredictable October.  I cannot believe that was only two weeks ago!  I guess it was the week in Brazil because even the week before that seems like months ago.  Weird how time passes so slowly when you're in the moment, and so fast in retrospect.

L.A. wildfire destroys homesThe fires around here are terrible: Los Angeles ringed by wildfires.  The scenes of homes burning just tear at your heart, don't they?  Thinking about all that is being lost...  just horrible.

An old post from John Robb that bears rereading: Very interesting times.  "Ben Bernake: 'We have lost control.  We cannot stabilize the dollar.  We cannot control commodity prices.'"  This was posted on 9/18, just before I became aware that something was happening, but quite a bit before the magnitude was apparent.  Huh.

Michael Yon, from Baghdad: "The war is over and we won".  Great news, although a bit, er, under-reported.

Drudge reports Senate will take up $25B auto bill Monday.  Boy, I sure hope they don't do it, the automakers are in trouble because they don't make cars people want, the unions are out of control, and their retirement plans are draining all the cash out of them.  It has nothing to do with this economy.  If they go bankrupt, so be it; that's how the market is supposed to work.  Bailing them out would be wrong.

Can this be right?  Obama considering Hillary for Secretary of State.  No way.  Right?

Well, well...  Obama meets with Hillary.  Maybe they were just catching up on old times.  Yeah, right.

America's Cup challengers meeting in GenevaI love this [Photoshopped] picture from Sailing Anarchy: The Uninvited.  Referring of course to the meeting of America's Cup challengers held in Geneva, which did not include BMW Oracle, the renegades of the group who have created the Trizilla trimaran and are threatening to race it in the next contest, alleging that "anything goes" in the boats' design.

Trizilla flying along in San DiegoAnd speaking of which, here's a great shot of Trizilla sailing in San Diego, flying along in just 12 knots.  Wow is that thing powerful.

CNet reports T. Boone Pickens may stall wind farm plans.  If they aren't economically feasible because of a down economy, then they aren't worth doing in any economy.  Wind power is like solar power, it can only be deployed with government subsidies, because it is fundamentally more expensive than other sources of electricity.

2D barcode on iPhone as boarding passAmerican airlines are experimenting with 2D barcodes on cellphones as boarding passes.  How cool is that?

I guess this was predictable: Engineering suddenly sexy for college grads.  As opposed to, say, financial services?

Here we have failing hard drive sounds.  [ via Daring Fireball, who comments "some of the most terrifying noises known to man" ]  More proof, if any were needed, that you can find anything at all on the Internet.  Anything.




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Moving Mount Fuji
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IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
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In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained