Working on deadline today, a big project which has to be done by year-end... and so we celebrated the winter solstice with one of the coldest days of the year, freezing with a bitter breeze. I marked it with one of my faster Rockstore rides, 1:43, not bad considering my teeth were chattering :)
*Still* buzzed from Avatar; can't wait to see it again. But first, a filter pass...
Ole Reads I: Testing, testing. A crummy headline for a great article, the best defensive of the current health reform plans that I've yet read. I'm a skeptic; it seems to me that these plans don't hit at the core of why healthcare is so expensive, and I am always opposed to government solutions. But the analog to how government solutions helped farming become more efficient in the U.S. - something of which I was entirely ignorant, previously - is compelling. I was happy to read this because it gives some reason for hope; it looks like some version of one of these plans is going to be passed...
Ole Reads II: Hanukkah Stories. This is absolutely hilarious. You must read it, but please put down any hot liquids beforehand.
The incomparable Onion: The Top Stories of the Past 4.5B Years. My favorite: Sumerians Look On In Confusion as God Creates World. "According to recently excavated clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform script, thousands of Sumerians - the first humans to establish systems of writing, agriculture, and government - were working on their sophisticated irrigation systems when the Father of All Creation reached down from the ether and blew the divine spirit of life into their thriving civilization." I love it.
I totally agree with this: Apple is a Bad Example. Using Apple - or Microsoft, or Google, or Facebook - to make a point about startup companies generally doesn't work. There is only one Apple, and what works for them does not work for everyone else.
Not the Onion: Darth Vader opens New York Stock Exchange. Wow, who could have imagined? (I wonder if Jake Sully will be next?)
Ford's Wired Fleet: WiFi Hotspots on Four Wheels. I'm confused about this; seems like WiFi in a car has a pretty limited usefulness, considering everyone can just use cellular modems. Give us more drinkholders instead!
ZooBorn of the day: a baby Beluga. Yeah we've had one before, but man are they cute!