Precelebration dept: Beijing: SARS under control. If only. Somehow it would be much more reassuring if they were worried and taking the potential for new cases seriously. The old communist "deny any bad news" meme is still active in China.
Wired is running a great series: 30 spaces for the 21st century. So far they've published Atlas Space, Voice Space, Office Space, Home Space, Bush Space, and Protest Space, with more to come. Check it out!
Are you hungry? How about some alphabet soup? Digest XBL vs. XSLT, a post on Surfin' Safari that speaks eloquently to the complexity of these new ways to build web pages. HTML I could explain to my 9-year old daughter. This I can't even explain to myself. Does that make it bad? Yes.
Scott Hanselman ponders The Myth of .NET Purity. Ironically I find this sort of article reassuring; it is a lot easier for me to deal with .NET as yet another API with potentially leaky abstractions than as a perfect solution to all the world's problems. [ via Scoble, who isn't pulling any punches now that he's in Redmond... ]
The color of money dept: $20 bill gets facelift. The U.S. will *still* have the ugliest currency in the world, but it's a start.
Speaking of money, here's some interesting news in payment technology: Nokia turns phones into credit cards. I've been expecting this, why should every store have a phone-based credit card authorization terminal when every credit card user has a cell phone? I believe this could be the future.
Tim Oren has a fascinating post: No Exit: When Venture Capital Isn't Right. This is a great survey of how VC funds work, and what types of investments fit their "model". [ via Andrew Anker ] My two takeaways:
When ads collide with content dept: Check out this screen shot (click thumbnail). An interesting article about e-paper, juxtaposed with an ad for the tablet PC, another form of "e-paper"...
Did you catch the Lakers / Spurs game last night? Not really a good game, but a great finish. The Lakers dug their way out of a deep 25-point hole and nearly pulled it out. I sure expected Robert Horry to bury that trey at the buzzer. Now the Lakers have two must-win games in a row. They're being tested for sure!