John Rhys-Davies, aka Gimli son of Gloin, comments on the parallels between LOTR and the present day. He notes the differential birth rate between Muslims and Christians in Europe as a particular issue. Check it out...
Kevin Kelly excerpts from Art + Fear:
Wired ponders Next-Gen Flight: Sci Fi Scenarios. "In the second century of flight, private companies will ferry tourists into space, personal flying machines will roam digital skyways and executive jets will make supersonic speed around the globe, aviation experts and scientists say." Excellent. The future is closer than you think.
Joel Spolsky considers Biculturalism, the difference between Unix and Windows. "What are the cultural differences between Unix and Windows programmers? It comes down to one thing: Unix culture values code which is useful to other programmers, while Windows culture values code which is useful to non-programmers." Joel is my hero, as regular readers know, but in this case I think he is not even wrong. I'll have more to say about this later, but in the meantime please read it - it is well written as always - and decide for yourself.
CNet reports Apple hits 25 million iTunes downloads. "Apple Computer has nearly doubled sales of digital music through its iTunes music store since launching a Windows-compatible version of its iTunes software in October." They presently have an estimated 75% of the market for legal music downloads. Wow.