James Lileks is even more penetrating than usual:
This was predictable: Saudi Arabia pledges to fight rising oil prices. Yeah, right. Uh, so who sets those prices?
Ed Ring in AlwaysOn: Gerrymandering must go. "Because of gerrymandering, everything the U.S. Congress and every state legislature does is overwhelmingly influenced by representatives who got there by winning their primary, not their election." Another bad side-effect of two-party politics...
There are so many April Fools pranks on the 'net, you pretty much can't believe anything you read today. One of my favorites is the latest from TidBITS... And here's a nice summary. Gizmodo has one too.
Timothy Sandefur recalls Richard Feynman: "Today on the freeway, I drove behind a car whose license plate was 3SVD543. Can you imagine how small the chances are of that happening?" A perfect illustration of Littlewood's Law of Miracles, and the role of sequence in determining probability.
Speaking of life in the universe, NASA is hosting the third annual Astrobiology Science Conference. The Scientist notes: "The conference, which drew more than 700 participants, focused on three questions: 'Where do we come from?' 'Are we alone?' and 'Where are we going?'" So how small are the chances of finding extraterrestrial life? After we find it, the probability will be 1.
If you're interesting in virtual microscopy (you know who you are), you might find Apparent Magnification interesting.
Here we have the Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness. Amazing and not Photoshopped. For example, what do the elevator buttons at left do? The mind boggles.
A great math joke, from Joi Ito:
John Gruber takes on Eric Raymond: Ronco Spray-on Usability. "UI development is the hard part. And it’s not the last step, it’s the first step." Exactly. I know UI design isn't for everyone, but this is exactly like managing people; many engineers can't do it, so they assume it is easy and worthless.
If you're a blog newbie, you might enjoy Kinja, "a weblog portal". This is some kind of online aggregator. I don't think this will be much of a thing; desktop aggregators are really the way to go. Kinja is to blogs as Hotmail is to email.
This might get me to watch TV: Masters of Disillusionment. "Last year, the show took on topics as varied as creationism, bottled water, secondhand smoke, and alien abductions, in each case setting out to set things straight." I love it. Now adjusting Tivo, stay tuned...