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Wednesday,  07/16/08  10:39 PM

On the road again...  Goin' places that I've never been, seein' things that I may never see again...

Tonight I had a board dinner - it was fun but exhausting...  this might be a short post :)

offshore drilling areasIf you're pondering what we can do about high oil prices and foreign dependency, consider this chart...  it explains quite a lot, doesn't it?  [ via Powerline ]

Can I just say, I am really loving my full-text Powerline and Instapundit feeds.  Man, what a difference.

Kurt Vonnegut's rules for writing [ via Ann Althouse ]:

1. Find a subject you care about

2. Do not ramble, though

3. Keep it simple

4. Have guts to cut

5. Sound like yourself

6. Say what you mean

7. Pity the readers

Good advice for blogging, and I'll try to follow it, except that I have no pity on you...

Tasmanian DevilThis is pretty interesting: Evolution races cancer to save Tasmanian Devils.  "Their numbers decimated by a virulent and contagious form of cancer, endangered Tasmanian devils are breeding at ever-younger ages.  Since it was first reported in 1996, devil facial tumor disease has wiped out more than half of the ferocious marsupials.  The cancer is invariably fatal and typically kills the devils between two and three years of age, their traditional sexual primes.  The species could be extinct within a few decades."  I love it; not that Tasmanian Devils are getting cancer, of course, but that such a clear demonstration of natural selection exists.  This kind of situation also helps answer the question, "why do we live as long as we do"...  evolution forces each species to find the best compromise.

Monday I noted for the iPhone, meanwhile TechCrunch reports Pandora is the iPhone's killer app.  "It’s a free, mobile, digital radio station that only plays music you like and lets you skip the stuff you don’t. And it rocks."  Looks like I'll have to check this one out, too.  I'm not sure if the killer app for a phone will turn out to be a music application, but it does seem cool!

Well I guess the post wasn't that short after all...  good night!


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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