Light blogging tonight as I am sick as a dog; temp hovering around 101o. Also the coherence of these posts may be even sketchier than usual. I attribute this cold/whatever to the no-sleep-deathmarch of last week, not riding a 200 on Saturday, but perhaps they were both contributing factors. Anyway.
This is the saddest thing: Paul Long, my daughter Alex' English teacher last year, died in the Metrolink computer accident in Chatsworth. Her whole school was closed today and they had a nice funeral service at the Cavalry Community Church. Seems like everyone I know knew someone or knew someone who knew someone; such a tragedy.
Powerline asks Why Did It Happen? And links this article by Kevin Hassett, which John Hindraker claims is all you need to know. "Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler of the mortgage crisis. They fueled Wall Street's efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves." Just as I suspected...
Wired News reports McCain affirms support for embryonic stem cell research. Good!
I missed blogging about this when it happened somehow; StackOverflow launched! This fine effort from Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood (two of my favorite "programming" bloggers) is a programming Q&A site. Here's the draw, as described by Joel:
This is pretty funny; TTAC reviews the Bentley Continental GT Speed. Yes, that's really the name of the car model, and apparently they weren't too impressed. "The Speed’s full leather interior with cross contrasting stitching (a $3300 option) felt coarse and looked putrid in my test car. The Speed has as many electronics as Captain Mike’s AWACS plane, but the gadgets are all several years out of date, anchored by an all-in-one LCD screen for operating the radio, HVAC, and navigation system that was objectively rotten. The grand touring promise that should be inherent in such a titanic coupe is broken by back seats that are too small for adults." Huh, so be it. I have to confess, I used to love the way Bentley's looked, but now they just remind me of a Chrysler 300. There are so many of those blingmobiles on the road, they've swamped the brand association of that look.
Okay, not bad for a sick guy. Now I am going to bed, taking my fever with me. Keep your fingers crossed!