Critical Section

Tuesday,  05/20/03  11:45 PM

There is no spoonSaw The Matrix Reloaded tonight.  Was blown away.  Can't wait to see it again...

Bill Whittle has a new post: Magic.  If you're unfamiliar with Eject!Eject!Eject! please make time to click over; Bill is a premier long-form essay style blogger...

The most famous scientist of all time has his own website: The Einstein Archives online.  I can't say it is a great site; it only works in Windows IE, and there is no search!  Still, if you want to read the General Theory of Relativity paper in German, this is the place to go.

Apropos to my discussion of God and Beauty, consider the case of the Danish "art" display which featured goldfish inside working blenders.  Is this beautiful?  No.  Does this illustrate a beautiful idea?  No.  So, is this art?  No!  Sheesh.

Next up: art museum directors inside working blenders.  Now that would be art.

More on the Google / blogs discussion; turns out the NYTimes tells Google to get lost.  (For those of you unfamiliar with this technology, website's can have a file named robots.txt which tells "robots" like Google's search engine which pages not to visit.)  The NYT's file tells all robots to leave it alone.  Added to their 7-day link horizon, basically they are a non-source for search engine information.  No wonder blogs rate higher, and they should!The Aibo robotic dog

Microdoc News analyses the Dynamics of a Blogosphere story.

Sony has created a software add-on for their Aibo robot dog which enables owners to control their robotic pets via e-mail.  The dogs can also capture images with their "eyes" and send them wirelessly to nearby computer.

No word on whether the dogs will be able to blog :)

Intuit has announced it is dropping copy protection from TurboTax, following consumer backlash against the feature.  Business 2.0 calls this Intuit's Lesson for Microsoft and Hollywood.  This is an example of something Intuit does really well - listening to its customers.  And in this, Hollywood, particularly the RIAA and the MPAA, truly can learn a lesson.

Intuit's CEO Steve Bennett is on the cover of the latest Business 2.0 issue.  Nice story about he imported the process excellence philosophy from GE into a software company.  [ The story isn't online yet, sorry, no link. ]

In closing, we have the LAKS wristwatch USB disk drive.  I am not making this up.

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Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
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
New Yorker covers
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
Jobsnotes of note
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