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Monday,  03/03/03  05:35 PM

Today is 3/3/3.  I will never see another day like this one.  Reminds me of the preface to Godel, Escher, Bach, one of my very favorite books, in which Douglas Hofstadter mentions that he remembers "at an early age being fascinated with the idea of taking three 3's; operating upon 3 with itself!"  I hope you enjoyed Threesday.

Is is becoming clear that the U.S. war against Iraq won't "start" in the sense that one day it isn't on, and the next day it is.  Right now we're bombing and we already have ground troops in Iraq.  Maybe it will be a process, not an event.

Have you heard about "the semantic web"?  Do you get it?  Well, I don't either.  With stuff like this I've decided if I don't get it, either it is too complex to be really cool, or there's nothing to get.  { Like .Net, for example, which emperor's nakedness is slowly becoming obvious, but I digress. }  The clear simple alternative to "the semantic web" is the existing web, which Google is steadily evolving.  Duncan Wilcox ponders PageRank 2.0.

Sony has announced the first "blu-ray" DVD recorder, which can store 23GB on a single side.  Early pricing is 450,000 yen, or about $3,800, keeping this away from all but the most anxious early adopters.  Still, in five years it will be standard-issue...

William Gibson: "The future is already here, it just isn't evenly distributed."  I like that.

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Religion vs IQ
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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
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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
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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