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My virus breeding program continues successfully, and my temperature continues to hover around 100o. My thermostat is not functional, I ping between sweating and freezing. My brain is barely functional (even less than normal). Crap!
And I'm supposed to be at the College of American Pathologists conference in San Diego, hanging out with customers and colleagues, and learning a lot and having a good time. Instead, this. Crap.
While Tim Oren was out, our financial system went missing. Lots of good links to explanations about what is going on and how it happened...
I really feel bad about this Lance Armstrong thing. So he has now announced that he is joining Astana, and as you would expect Alberto Contador is hesitant to ride with him. Who can blame him? It would have been so much better for Lance to form a new team, with his connections and PR he could have recruited sponsors easily and started a whole new operation centered on him. Instead I believe this makes the best team in the world weaker. A team with Kloden, Leipheimer, and Contador does not need another leader.
Wired runs these great articles from interesting dates in the past, and goes back to September 24, 1993, when Myst was first released. Boy do I remember that. I had a Mac 6100 (first PowerPC machine, remember?) and I loved every second of Myst. It was a completely new thing, a new world inside a computer. I know, it doesn't hold a candle to today's games, but it was so new. I also remember eagerly anticipating Riven, the sequel, and although Riven was great, it wasn't as great. Maybe it just wasn't as new...
The article makes the point - well taken - that Myst not only sold 6 million copies, but it also drove sales of countless CD-ROM drives. I well remember the era of PCs with external CD-ROM drives, don't you :)
Want to know what pisses me off? Check this out: Students are always half right in Pittsburgh. "Pittsburgh Public Schools officials have enacted a policy that sets 50 percent as the minimum score a student can receive for assignments, tests and other work. District spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said, the 50 percent minimum gives children a chance to catch up and a reason to keep trying." Ebony Pugh is an idiot. If kids don't try, they fail. Period.
Inhabitat notes the amazing Cathedral of Christ the Light, in Oakland.
It is wonderful!
Liron Shapira on the Singularity Summit 2008. It defies synopsis, please click through to read his description.
Don Reisinger says Windows 7 must appeal to geeks, or else. I keep saying it over and over, but they won't listen, there is only one thing Windows 7 must be in order to be successful: fast. That's it! If it is faster than Vista, faster than XP, then it will succeed. If it is a pig like Vista, it will fail.
I'm not an iPhone developer, but I've been following the weirdness surrounding Apple's heavy-handedness with iPhone developers pretty closely. Brett Simmons says it is Beneath Apple and John Gruber is starting to get The Fear. Particularly striking in contrast to the wide-open approach Google is taking with Android...
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There's a lot of great stuff happening...
Ganymede, Callisto, Europa, and Io
(click for larger view)
With the demise of Galileo (the satellite, not the scientist), there has been a lot of web activity about Jupiter. I came across this amazing picture of "the Galilean moons"; the four large moons of Jupiter which were visible to Galileo with his crude telescope. Watching the moons orbit Jupiter, Galileo had his first proof that the entire universe did not revolve around the Earth. What is especially fascinating to me is the way each moon is so different. Many astronomers consider Europa the most likely site for extra-terrestrial life in the solar system.
Think Tivo doesn't have the networks' attention? Matt Haughey notes NBC has juggled their fall lineup on Thursday nights to have non-standard start and end times. "Note the time of the Scrubs premiere show. It starts at 8:32PM. Huh? Coupling is a new show that also sports an odd time slot: 9:27PM-9:58PM. ER starts at 9:59PM that same night. Friends runs for 47 minutes and is followed by a 39 minute long Will and Grace. What in the hell is going on?" Presumably to mess up overlapping season passes? This is going to backfire - Tivo users will be pissed. If they even care about NBC, which is doubtful...
Lore Sjöberg thinks we should be Charging People. A really well-written look at micropayments and free content on the web. "But here's the dirty little secret of the artistic Web community: We're not as popular as we like to think we are." I wish The Slumbering Lungfish had an RSS feed, I'd subscribe... [ via Cory Doctorow ]
Doc Searles posted a terrific rant On the continuing death of Radio as Usual. "I think the future of radio is Webio over wireless IP, fed by the same grass roots originalities that give us both blogging and the equivalent in webcasting." Webio - I like it!
Philip Greenspun is on a roll, today he considers RIAA, friendship, and prostitution. "What is the point of Internet file sharing when people can, perfectly legally, copy as much music from each other as they could reasonably want? Only a person with zero friends would want to bother with file sharing. Which is why we can now say that the RIAA is the world's leading promoter of friendship!" The logic is impeccable. The RIAA is screwed reliving the past. Better they should buy an iPod, check out the Apple iTunes Store and start living in the future.
This looks like a headline from the Onion, but it's in the Register: KaZaA sues RIAA for copyright infringement. "Sharman Networks is suing the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for distributing replicas of its P2P file sharing software." Now you have to love that.
In the unintentional humor department, check out the 2003 Worst Manual awards. For a butcher's trolley, "test stranger and use on" is the last step. Hmmm...
And from Hoom! Maps, we have walking directions from Bag End to Mordor. "When using any walking directions or map, it is a good idea to stop at an inn or hostelry and inquire about news from abroad. Find out whether any wars are brewing, and if so, whether agents of the enemy are pursuing you." I love it.
Want a new desktop or laptop? How about a Go-L? This one looks nice :) [ via John Robb ]
T-Mobile gets in the N-Gage Game. As Gizmodo reports, "We're somewhat ambivalent about the N-Gage's prospects and aren't particularly impressed with it, but you really have to root for any gadget that seems to have so many pundits predicting its demise." Looks like a cross between a gameboy and a pillow. But it's a 'phone...
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
the big day
solving bongard problems
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
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
where are the desktop apps?