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Tuesday,  06/10/08  09:20 PM

A great day today; not only did Megan graduate from Elementary School (yay!) but before the alcohol test I made good progress on some key projects.  I have two kinds of work, "real work", in which I create code, write documentation, or otherwise produce real output, and "scorekeeping", in which I monitor and advise others doing real work.  (There is also, I suppose, "meta-scorekeeping", in which I monitor and advise other scorekeepers :)  Anyway in all my years of managing I have never managed to enjoy scorekeeping as much as real work, and I suppose by now it is hopeless.

Holland over Italy 3-0 in Euro 2008Woo hoo!  Holland's thrilling victory over Italy finally brought Euro 2008 to life!  Yeah, baby, shutting out the defending World Cup champions in the group of death, what could be better than that?  I am so not a soccer fan, but I am now :)  TivoHD to the rescue...

And whew, Kobe & co. staunch the bleeding, win at home over the Celtics.  Another series for the Tivo...

George Hincapie wins stage 2More sports: George Hincapie powers to a win at the Dauphiné Libéré.  Excellent!  Thor Hushovd is still in yellow, with Alejandro Valverde in second and Levi Leipheimer in third; they're separated by five seconds.  The time trial tomorrow should sort things out a bit.

The NYTimes reports Wine may keep liver healthy.  "Recent reports suggest that red wine is a potent force in increasing lifespan, and a new study offers still more good news for wine drinkers. A glass a day, whether white or red, may reduce the risk of developing the nation’s most common liver disorder, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease."  Another point in favor of drinking wine!  [ via Instapundit ]  (Although as noted, alcohol is not a performance enhancing drug :)

TechCrunch: Google app engine 'accidentally' blocks PayPal.  "Google App Engine, their new platform for building and hosting third party web applications, is blocking applications from integrating with PayPal for payments.  Developers who are building apps that use PayPal to handle payments require the application to send a request to the PayPal service.  The URLs used in these requests are all on the paypal.com domain name.  In Google App Engine apps, requests to these URLs returns a generic ‘download’ error with no specific details."  Wow, whatever happened to "don't be evil"?  Even at their competitive worst, eBay never blocked PayPal URLs(back in the bad old Billpoint days, before eBay capitulated and bought PayPal).

Mike Davidson: I really do think Apple just split the mobile world into two choices: settle for a free phone or buy an iPhone.  Well maybe; my spiffy new Centro wasn't free, and I didn't buy an iPhone.  It is possible that in the wake of the iPhone 3G, cellular providers like Sprint will have to offer Centros for free to keep their subscribers; time will tell...  [ via John Gruber ]

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