Aside from my weird disaster with a coat hanger this afternoon, it was a pretty good day. Warm and windy, wow. Anything not nailed down is airborne. And meanwhile it is all happening...
Feedback from my Twitter and Facebook publishing is trickling in... can't say this is a huge success, but for certain people it is certainly nice, and there is no apparent downside. Looking in my referer logs there are definitely a number of people clicking through from my Tweets and from Facebook. So far, so good.
If nothing else I can now be more interesting at parties, "yeah, my blog posts automatically go to Twitter and Facebook, yeah, I'm so cool"... :)
I'm still chewing on Scott Adam's question: Define Friend. Clearly a tough concept to pin down. Trust is definitely at the core.
The vaunted Sport's Illustrated cover jinx strikes again; they no sooner publish "San Diego is dangerous" (at left) than the Bolts succumb to the Steelers. It was a good game, but boo, we lost. And the Titans had already won, so they AFC Championship would have been in San Diego. Oh well, they had a good run. And I did get to see them beat the Colts in overtime - from the front row :)
The Economist: Blessed are the geeks, for they will inherit the Earth. "Barack Obama is making good his promise to welcome scientists into his administration." Well, good.
An old article I missed from BusinessWeek: How Cloud Computing is Changing the World. "A major shift in the way companies obtain software and computing capacity is under way as more companies tap into Web-based applications." Indeed. Aperio's new SecondSlide digital slide sharing network is an example.
Have you loaded Win7 yet? I've upgraded the VM partition where I was playing with Win7 with the official Microsoft beta, and I still like it (the official beta doesn't seem much different). It will be interesting to see how soon it becomes broadly available. I might start investigating whether HP has compatible drives for my laptop... Ars Technica have published a deep overview of Win7 which you might find useful... it contains this worrying note: "Let's just cut to the chase here: Windows 7 is built on top of Windows Vista. It doesn't roll back the major changes that Vista made; it doesn't reduce system requirements, it doesn't undo security decisions like UAC, and, except for specific scenarios like booting, it doesn't really perform significantly better." Huh, that hasn't been my experience so far...
From FastCompany: The 10 architectural wonders of 2008. There's some really beautiful work in there, it isn't all abstract weirdness. Amazing how innovative you can be with something as simple as designing a building!
Marshall Kirkpatrick says R.I.P Enterprise RSS. But Brad Feld (investor in NewsGator) disagrees: Enterprise RSS is alive and well. So, they're both right, sort of; Enterprise RSS is being widely used, but a lot of people are using free tools like Google Reader; it is dead as a big commercial market.
Here's a cool article on Sailing Anarchy about the Rose Bowl regatta, held at Alamitos Bay yacht club, my old stomping ground. Brings back some great memories. Hey, I was married right there, in that club; the closest thing I had to a church :)
Here you go, some gorgeous Brazilian butterflies. As usual, click the thumbnail to enbiggen. You're welcome :)