The Ole filter makes another pass...
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has made it off the ground! "The MRO was carried into space on an Atlas V rocket and is now on a nearly seven-month journey to Mars. The launch had been delayed 24 hours after engineers saw an anomalous reading in the hydrogen propellant loading system on the Atlas V. There was insufficient time in the launch window to fully investigate the reading." Excellent.
Ever wonder what happens to all those white doves that are released on "peaceful" occasions? Slate explains. I didn't know doves were pigeons, and I didn't know cooked pigeons were squab. I love squabs - medium rare, with a nice red wine reduction sauce.
Der Spigel: the World in the iPod. "The microchip that runs Apple's popular music player is made in India, Taiwan, China and Silicon Valley. Is this an example of how globalization works to everyone's benefit -- or a sign that the world economy is about to roll over America?" The former, of course, dummy!
Speaking of the iPod, Andrew Grumet compares the iPod Mini to the Creative Zen Micro. "Overall: iPod wins." What I found interesting is that on features and everything else it was a push, yet Andrew clearly liked the iPod better. Yes, Virginia, design is important.