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Thursday, July 10, 2008 11:17 PM >>>

Wednesday,  07/09/08  11:36 PM

I am working on something cool.  I am not talking about what it is.  It is fun.  I like working in stealth mode.

But I must say, I am still bummed from yesterday.  This overall feeling of mortality and sadness has stayed with me.  Normally a nice long ride would cure this, and fortunately I have one planned for Saturday, but unfortunately it is called The Death Ride.  Spooky.

BTW I came across Driven Up, a documentary about the Death Ride.  Cool.

Writing in the New Yorker, James Surowiecki engages in Oily Speculations.  "The difficulty for Congress, of course, is that none of the problems that have driven up the price of oil lend themselves to a quick fix, and most, like the boom in global demand and the inaccessibility of certain oil fields, aren’t under our control at all. That’s what makes speculators a perfect target: by going after them, Congress can demonstrate to voters that it understands their pain, and at the same time avoid doing anything that might require real sacrifice from Americans."  A pretty nice overview of the situation with regard to gas prices, oil speculation, and congress. 

Powerline notes Obama's latest flip-flop (on FISA).  This is really an amazing, it seems he just gets up in the morning and rewrites his blank slate based on what he thinks people want to hear that day. 

Meghan O'Rourke notes Anne of Green Gables turns 100.  Wow.  I loved reading this book with Megan, we both really enjoyed it (and both really though Anne reminded us of Megan).  Amazing to think what a stir this book caused 100 years ago.  Now it is just a great story. 

LGF notes the Ringed Giant, and talks about the Cassini-Huygens mission, which has wildly exceeded expectations.  "'We've had a wonderful mission and a very eventful one in terms of the scientific discoveries we've made, and yet an uneventful one when it comes to the spacecraft behaving so well,' said Bob Mitchell, Cassini program manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California."  JPL's record with spacecraft is so much better than NASA's... 

Here is the ESA's Cassini-Huygens page; they're a co-contractor on the project.  I guess we give them credit, too.  They have a lot of cool imagery on their website...