Lawrence Lessig in Wired: The New Road to the White House. "How grassroots blogs are transforming presidential politics." And you thought blogs were just something silly Ole did to fill up his time :)
Joi Ito relays an interesting snippet from George Bush (Sr.)'s memoir, published in 1998: "Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurred incalculable human and political costs... Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land." Wow. I wonder if his son read this?
Citizen Smash has an interesting take on the recent "good" economic news: wishing the worst. If you're a Bush-basher, what do you do? Root for the economy to take a nose dive?
GNXP has an interesting map showing the worldwide probability of not reaching 40. (Sort of a backwards take on life expectancy.) The top 34 countries are all African. In some countries the probability of not reaching 40 is over 50%!
The Economist surveys Google's IPO aspirations. "Google is now more than a business: it is a cultural phenomenon. But where will it be in a few years?" I predict it will be a big IPO, but overvalued; it is hard to see them justifying a $10B+ valuation based on economics...
Could the entire universe be a hologram? This Scientific American article considers the question. [ via Xeni Jardin, who titled her post "hack the universe" and concluded "If the universe is a vast two-dimensional plane of information -- then it can be hacked." ]
The WP has a positive review of Panther, Apple's new OS. I just upgraded my iMac and I like it, too. Aside from the cool functionality (I already wish Windows had Exposé) it is noticeably faster, too. When was the last time a new OS version was faster?
Just about every cell phone has a camera, right? Well, how about a TV, too?
Business 2.0 has an interesting list: 10 Technologies to watch in 2004. (I copied it to my site because of their paywall). Unlike many of these lists, I agree with this one. The one thing I'd add: "video-on demand becomes real".
Designtechnica has a great survey of the known networked media devices. Very helpful! (but this list is probably already out of date...) [ via Matt Haughey ] I kind of agree with Matt that there isn't one device which has all the characteristics I'm looking for - yet.