Hey, two days in a row, not bad :) And yesterday you guys gave me over 52,000 hits, amazing. Imagine what might happen if I actually posted something worth reading.
Okay. So I've got to start with another recovering ex-blogger, Steven Den Beste, who claims he is not going to start posting again: Poll Trends. "If I saw something like that in scientific or engineering data, I'd be asking a lot of very tough questions. My first suspicion would be that the test equipment was broken, but in the case of opinion polls there is no such thing. My second suspicion would be fraud." I link, you decide.
Roger L. Simon makes a great point, one I've thought about but haven't enunciated: "The predicted squeaker victory for either party will leave a divided country." This is very true.
John Robb continues to blog up a storm; he notes the U.S. trade deficit in August was $54B. (Yeah, one month.) "The two major elements driving this is the deficit with China: $15.39 billion and oil producers: $14.18 billion." The price of crude is now up to $55, and it isn't coming down. The problem is not Iraq, and not Saudia Arabia. The problem is we're running Out of Gas.
Matt Haughey notes DRM issues with the new Tivo DVRs. Essentially, the Tivos with DVD burners will not save content from another Tivo. Why? Well, this would make sense under one particular scenario. Suppose Tivo made a deal with someone who could give them VOD-type content over the Internet. Could be Netflix but it could also be CinemaNow or anyone else. Now they can get video content to your PC, but how do they get it to your TV? (This is the famous "last 30 feet" problem.) Well, Tivos have this cool Tivo-to-Tivo viewing capability. What if they gave you software so your PC looked like another Tivo? It already does for music and pictures, just not for video. So say they add video. Now you can view the downloaded video, and birds sing. But one problem, the analog leak. Content owners aren’t going to want people to download video to their PCs, only to burn it to DVD. So you can bet they’ll have Windows Media DRM on the content. Unfortunately it will have to be un-DRMed to send it to the Tivo. Once there, if you could burn it directly to a DVD, it would be bad. Hence this restriction...
Ottmar Liebert comments on Gizmodo's note regarding Roland's new Digital Accordion: "Question: If you throw an accordion, a tuba, and a banjo from the top of a 30 story building, which instrument would land on the street first? Answer: Who cares!"
I bet Joey deVilla would care :)
This is pretty cool: FilmStew reports "In an effort to raise funds for The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, DisneyAuctions.com is holding a 'spirited' event that will allow the winning bidder to receive a personalized tombstone in the finale graveyard scene of the attraction with a humorous epitaph written by the team at Walt Disney Imagineering." [ via Cory Doctorow, who thinks "this is the best thing ever. I mean EVER." ]
Dave Winer: Evangelism 101. "Don't tell the girl you want girls. Tell her you want her." I want you.
Will Campbell posts a great reminicense: There were Paper Boys in those Days. "'Boys,' he'd tell us, 'No matter how bad things get out there, people are going to always want their Herald Examiner. Always!' The Herald Examiner shut its doors 15 years ago next month." I delivered the Herald for three years, from when I was about 12 to about 14. Gave me strong legs, a good arm, and about $50/month. And some great memories...