Critical Section

Monday,  03/31/08  10:22 PM

Quarter end!  Wow.  Doesn't seem like that long ago it was New Year's, and I had just restarted blogging...  And tomorrow is April Fool's, the annual silly season on the web where you can't believe anything you read (to an even larger extent than usual :)  Looking at history, four years ago Google announced Gmail.  That was the greatest April Fool's joke, because it wasn't a joke (so it was).

Also from history five years ago I wrote On Blame.  Not bad for a rookie blogger.  I still like that one a lot.

John Lott thinks The recession is a media myth.  "As any economist knows, a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth, and we haven't even had one single quarter of negative growth reported. The economy slowed down significantly during the end of last year, but that was after a sizzling annual GDP growth rate of 4.9 percent in the third quarter."  He could be right.  On the other hand, the credit crunch and precipitous fall in housing prices are not myths.

wine stave furnitureHere we have furniture from reclaimed wine staves.  "Furniture designer Cliff Spencer couldn't resist when he heard about a Napa winery discarding wine-stained oak. An avid user of reclaimed materials, Spencer now regularly reclaims oak staves from California wineries and transforms them into these stunning one-of-a-kind pieces for residential and commercial use. (p.s., you don’t have to be a wine aficionado to enjoy them)."  How cool is that?  I bet it smells wonderful!

Jaguar XF superchargedTTAC reviews the Jaguar XF Supercharged.  "For those unfamiliar with Newtonian physics, that means 'Ah Jenkins. It looks as if we're all about to die.' It must be said: 420hp is a lot of power. It’s enough shove to take the 4200 lbs. XF Supercharged from naught to sixty in five seconds flat."  Sweet.  Looks like the first Jag in a while to deserve to be a Jag.  A nice present for Tata :)

Tim Oren wonders Is Vista is Microsoft's Micro Channel?  I think it is worse than that; Vista is Microsoft's OS/2.

So I have a request; could we have a way to indicate when a link takes you to a page with an embedded video, instead of a page you can read?  I have little patience for watching video and generally avoid it, but nowadays it seems like half the links on the web are to video.  Anyway thanks in advance :)

Finally, Keith Kaplan reports researchers at Stanford have identified a specific pattern of brain activity which occurs when listening to the B-52s.  Tune Channel Z (vid)!  I am not making this up.

this date in:
About Me

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained