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Tuesday,  10/14/08  10:48 PM

Today was a good day (thanks for wondering :)...  I spent the day in my office in Vista, but unlike many such days, it was blissfully meeting-free, allowing me to walk around and say "hi" to people, see what they're working on, etc., and actually sit quietly in my little cube and get some work done.  Sometimes it seems my days in the office are one meeting from dawn to dusk, this was nice.  And at the end of the day I did a great ride, 31 miles, the longest since my lung infection, and for the first time I felt oxygen transfer taking place again...  the fire in Camp Pendleton left a nice cloud to color the sunset, and there was a full moon.  What more could you ask for?

DSLM of a developing zebrafish cellPZ Myers reports on a new technique called Digital Scanned Laser Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy (DSLM), which let's a researcher watch every cell in a developing zebrafish - all at once.  The picture at left shows a developing cell, highlighted in realtime.  The movies of these cells growing are pretty mind-blowing.

Apple MacBook 15"Apple announced new MacBooks today, but perhaps the most interesting aspect wasn't the laptops, but the fact that Steve Jobs took a background role in presenting them, leading to speculation that he might be preparing his farewell...

Afterward John Gruber reviewed the announcements and scored the predications, then noted the problem isn't with predictions ("Predictions are fun. My predictions about Apple have been wrong far more often than they’ve been right. The problem is with false reports. None of the reports I called out yesterday were “predictions”, they were false reports.").  He's exactly right, the problem we have today is that journalists don't report what's true, they report whatever they want, as long as it suits some agenda.

Sorry but one more about the MacBooks; the Macalope wonders Is this a joke?  Regarding Adam DuVander's article on "the Apple Tax".  Clearly Adam thinks the only difference between an MacBook and a Dell laptop is price.  He must drive a Kia, so he doesn't have to pay "the Lexus Tax".  Sheesh.

Matt Cutts points out a nice new feature for site operators, Google has a new tool which shows you broken inbound links, as well as problems which occurred when the Google crawler scanned your site.  Nice.


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