Wow, big gap since my last post. I've been busy. Sorry!
FuturePundit considers whether being tall or being smart is more important. Turns out having a high IQ correlates better to "success" than being tall. What's interesting is that being tall is widely agreed to be mostly genetic, with a small environmental component, but having a high IQ is not...
Robin Jones has an interesting proposal for solving the abortion mess. This seems to have elements which would appeal to both sides (and others which would repel both sides). My personal bias is to remove all obstacles; if someone doesn't want to bring a new person into the world, they shouldn't, but this position can't be sold to everyone. Perhaps a compromise is better than a disagreement.
Wired: Regrow your own [organs!]. "It was a staggering discovery. 'People had been studying regeneration for years and had zero evidence it could happen in mammals'." Fascinating stuff, if even not real-world. Yet.
This is really cool - Cory Doctorow points to Plants in Motion, a website with lots of time-lapse photography of plants growing. Makes you realize it isn't just animals which can move; we just have different timescales from plants. (And they have different timescales from rocks, which also move, which have different timescales from mountains, which move, which have different timescales from tectonic plates, which move, which have different timescales from planets...)
John Patrick, a visionary at IBM, thinks ENUM is a big deal. This is a way to "map" phone numbers to IP addresses, via a DNS entry. "The most exciting application is a streamlining of Voice over IP, in which telephone calls can be made over the Internet." You know this will happen; someday analog phone lines will be as retro as analog music.
Naval reviews technically progressive Dartmouth: Ubiquity Breeds Utility. "In the late 1980s, Dartmouth College was the most wired campus on the planet, running 10Mb Ethernet into every dorm room. Today, Dartmouth is the most unwired campus on the planet, with 560 access points covering 200 acres."
Dell is going to start selling DirectTivo boxes. Think PVRs aren't mainstream? Wow.
Walt Mossberg compares online music services, Apple's iTunes, MusicMatch, and Napster 2.0. "I'm sure all three services will evolve and get better, and others will enter the fray. But, for now, iTunes is the best choice on Windows."
Looks like the MPAA will relent and distribute "screeners". But they'll be personalized so a pirated copy can be tracked back to the source. This seems really dumb; suppose movie X is found on Kazaa and tracked back to person Y. They'll just claim the tape was stolen somehow (e.g. left in an open car), and nothing will happen. Meanwhile imagine the coolness of having movie X personalized for person Y, especially if Y is "a name". So this plan won't do anything but cause work and irritation.
The Dutch Nuon Solar Team have successfully defended their title in the World Solar Challenge, crossing the Australian continent from north to south in a record 30 hours. This is most excellent, a true blending of design and art. [ via Adam Curry ]