Busy day, for me, for the world, and for the blogosphere...
The frustration Democrats have with the electorate is understandable; even after all the "bad news" from Iraq, cheered on by big media, Bush remains ahead in the polls. Command Post notes Kerry is now trying to make the price of gas an issue. That's a good tactic for him, but realistically there's little the President can do about them. The world is running out of gas, and prices will continue to reflect supply and demand.
Not shocking, but too bad; China Shelves Plan for Astronauts on Moon. "China plans to build its own manned space station by around 2020 but has shelved plans to put a man on the moon for financial reasons." So be it.
AlwaysOn: Video Gets Personal. "Analysts generally seem to agree that the 'Tivo-ing' of America opens up new markets for on-demand Internet-based video content." Yep.
So today I get an email from Vonage, offering to change my plan from $30/month to $25/month. What! No strings attached. Excellent. They also introduced a new $15/month plan which offers limited calling. If you're still using analog phone lines, you are overpaying for phone service.
Steve Sailer points out Mind - The Adaptive Gap, from the Scientist. A nice review of the current state of evolutionary psychology. "As a field, evolutionary psychology (EP) has the difficult, and some say untenable, mission of discerning whether complex human qualities--everything from sexual attraction to language--are adaptations honed through natural selection or just nonadaptive byproducts of a uniquely human collection of cognitive systems." Great stuff.
The Heisenberg Penguins: The Scientist reports on a study which found penguins with flipper bands are late to breed and less successful at it. (Sounds like a job for RFID.)
If you're a regular reader you know I like modern architecture, and especially Rem Koolhaas. Check out these pictures of new Seattle public library. Wow. That's art. (I love the floor of babble - what a great idea.) Oh, and here are some QTVRs of the interior. [ via Cult of Mac ]
Remember the old Mac SE? I do, in fact I still have one (named Hen3ry). Check this out - Oliver Soehlke & Lukas Pajonczek have created a web-based simulation (in German, no less)! More proof that some people have too much free time. I must say, it is cool.
It was pretty cool having the OS X screen shot (above, right) and the OS 7 screen shot (above, left) sitting side-by-side in Photoshop. You've come a long way, baby :)
The Atlantic considers Broken Windows, from 1982. This seminal work strongly influenced William Bratton, who first as New York Transportation police chief and then New York city police chief had unusual success by focusing on “broken windows” (literally and figuratively). He was impressively successful at reducing graffiti and crime in New York, and subsequently wrote a book ("Turnaround") and then became L.A.’s police chief (!). So far he's receiving high marks with his efforts here.
The Sun reports Star Wars Episode III will be called Birth of the Empire. So be it. "The highlight of the space epic will be a thrilling lightsabre clash between Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) while surfing on lava." Cool. In the wake of Episode II my expectations have been lowered to the point where I'll probably like this one.
Soon it may be illegal to drive while distracted in L.A. What! "Drivers distracted by eating, talking to pets or combing their hair could face new fines under a bill that passed the state Senate." These guys have too much free time. Are they kidding? What if you're driving and a pretty girl catches your eye, does that count? [ via Blogging L.A. ]
My friend Cynthia told me about this the other day, and I didn't believe her: Born a Boy, Raised a Girl, Became a Man. "Dr. John Money, who had authored 40 books on human sexuality, had radical advice. He believed that the gender of a person depends on how a child is raised rather than genetics." This guy was a doctor? Sigh.