Critical Section

Wednesday,  06/11/08  04:47 PM

I am feeling overwhelmed, guilty, and unproductive.  Too many threads, not enough processors.  Context switching and garbage collection are eating up all my free cycles.  Crud.

Cory Doctorow links Linda "continuous partial attention" Stone on time management: 1) Each day, make a short list of your intentions, 2) List only what you really expect to do that day, 3) Give yourself meaningful blocks of uninterrupted time to focus on each intention, 4) At home, be clear about what technology you'll use and where.  Good advice...

Alejandro Valverde wins Dauphiné time trialToday Alejandro Valverde seized the lead in the Dauphiné Libéré with a blistering time trial, beating Levi Leipheimer by 19 seconds and leaving him 23 seconds ahead overall.  That might be enough to win, unless Levi attacks in the mountains; Cadel Evans is third at 37 seconds back.  A great race brewing!

If you don’t have an hour to watch the Jobsnote from Monday at Apple’s WWDC (at which iPhone 2.0 was introduced, many third-party applications, MobileMe, the iPhone 3G, etc.), then you may want to watch this 60s version.  Pretty cool.

You may have heard Pluto is no longer a planet?  So ... what do we call it?  How about a plutoid?  "Plutoids are celestial bodies in orbit around the Sun at a distance greater than that of Neptune that have sufficient mass for their self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that they assume a hydrostatic equilibrium (near-spherical) shape, and that have not cleared the neighbourhood around their orbit. The two known and named plutoids are Pluto and Eris. It is expected that more plutoids will be named as science progresses and new discoveries are made."  I love it!  Note that plutoids are not to be confused with Kuiper Belt objects like Sedna and Quaoar.

plug-in Prius hybridToyota have announced that they're going to have plug-in hybrids by 2010.  Wow.  Despite the similarity of name, a plug-in hybrid is an entirely different type of vehicle from a hybrid.  Plug-in hybrids are electric cars, you plug them in to give them energy, whereas garden-variety hybrids are gasoline powered cars, you put gas in them to give them energy.  This is a cool and great reaction to $4.00 gas.  Toyota's track record lends this announcement a great deal more credence than GM's Volt vaporware.

Aston MartinSo apparently Aston Martin is going public.  Cool.  First the split from Ford (yay) and now they're raising money for new product development (yay).  Seems like they're back to being a real company :)  Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but most beholders would agree that Astons are amazingly beautiful.

Mark Pilgrim: Purity.  I love it.  Buzzzzz...



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