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Sunday,  11/02/08  10:38 PM

Sunday, Sunday, a nice quiet Sunday...  puttering around the house, working a little (finally compiled all my notes from the conference last week, whew), watching football (thank you Tivo + Slingbox, I can do it while working :), getting rid of the pumpkin lanterns (boo...), and [for the first time since being sick] doing my hardest local ride which I call Malibu CC, a 30 miler featuring two long climbs and two short ones (1:56:15).  And of course, blogging!

Torremoron Ribera del DueroMy biggest problem just now is figuring out what wine to buy for our big Five-O celebration.  I'm leaning toward Torremoron Ribera del Duero, but I can't decide.

Art Marks thinks we should fire Congress.  "My solution to fixing the financial crisis is to start by firing Congress. All of them. They have failed to lead when it is necessary. They have failed to lead in the financial crisis. They have failed to lead to a solution in the energy crisis, they have failed to come up with an effective immigration policy. They have failed to address the long term entitlement bankruptcy facing the country."  Not a bad idea.  Especially the part where we elect people like us to replace them :)  [ via Brad Feld ]

The NYTimes notes to survive, net start-ups slow their metabolism.  "Silicon Valley has always been a land of big, bold dreams.  In the first Internet boom its start-ups either grew fast or died trying, sometimes spectacularly.  In this downturn, say investors and entrepreneurs, start-ups are adopting a strategy that they hope will let them hang on instead of flame out.  To preserve cash, many tech start-ups are rushing to lay off employees and cut expenses.  They are shelving their dreams of Google-size riches and getting small, humble and thrifty, all with the more modest goal of surviving the coming economic winter."  That seems like an apt analogy.  It definitely feels like everyone gets it, and is doing what they can to stay alive until the conditions change.

HD TV in 3D! With no glasses!This is cool: HD TV in 3D!  And no glasses.  "A sheet of tiny lenticules is fixed onto a high-resolution LCD display in such a way that each eye sees a slightly different view of each image pixel. The effect is akin to those 3-D plastic postcards that look a bit like a hologram if you view them at the correct angle. The underlying design for this was first conjured up by Sir Charles Wheatstone, a Victorian inventor, way back in 1840."  One thing the article correctly notes is that as 3D technology becomes broadly available, content creators are going to have to learn how to use it.  Right now they go crazy showing off their ability to use 3D, and it interferes with the telling of the story instead of enhancing it.

Slashsdot reports Windows 7 to be 256-core aware.  Cool!  The more cores the better.  And y'all better start brushing up on your Erlang :)

 

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