Checking in after a quiet day... worked mostly, while feeling guilty for not packing for my trip to Brazil :) and squeezed in a nice ride (last for a week, I'm afraid...) And now I have just enough time to see what the world is up to, and then it is off to a party... and tomorrow off to Sao Paulo. My next post will be from South America - who knows, it could be upside down :)
If you're not tired of the Presidential election yet, you might enjoy these election maps... the one at right depicts state-by-state results, with the areas of each state skewed by its population. You can see just how not-close the election was... [ via Brad Feld ]
Dave Winer: changing the way we do news. "What didn't change in the 2008 election is the way news flowed. This is a big disappointment to me and something that causes great concern. I see the newspapers dying, and the broadcast media failing to do news, and I want to evolve to the next thing, but it doesn't seem that's the way it'll go." Dave and I disagree on a lot, but on this I agree with him completely.
Philip Greenspun thinks we should let G.M. go bankrupt. Me, too. The longer this federal bailout period is taking, the more I think the whole thing was a mistake. Markets work, if you let them. And bailouts by the government is the opposite of letting them work.
Speaking of bankrupt, here we have $1B Zimbabwe dollars. Yes, that is a real note (thanks Adam Curry) and yes, it is basically worthless. Actually I think it might have value as a collector's item; I wouldn't mind having one :)
Mark Cuban has some good advice for Obama: Entrepreneurs will lead us out of this mess. Talk to Them. "Your current group has no one with 100pct of their networth on the line. I promise you that the possibility of losing it all will provide a completely different perspective than any of the “knowledge” the esteemed, learned members of his current advisory team offer." Indeed.
This is really cool: Scientific American has pictures of the International Space Station. The other day I linked the five most plausible sci-fi movies; well this ain't no movie, but it would fit right in with 2001's Discovery, don't you think? I remember the old joke, it would cost less to send a man to Mars than to make a move about it, but that wasn't true; space travel is really expensive, especially when [non-expendable] people are involved. But when you see the ISS and such, it such seems worth it...
Surfing picture of the day, or any day; Kerby Brown takes on a monster... unbelievably, the wave closed out and slammed him, but he survived...