Greetings all... yesterday was another long slog, up with the
This whole gift exchanging thing is really cool. I like giving people nice presents, but more than that, I like giving people the nice feelings they'll get from the present, first, the way they'll feel when they open it, but later, the feeling they'll have when they use it / eat it / drink it / enjoy it... good gifts keep on giving :)
Monday I posted man against the elements, about my ride in the freezing cold on the winter solstice; searching for it later I encountered this post from June, in which I used the exact phrase "man against the elements" to describe a ride in the blazing heat of the summer solstice. There you have it, the cyclist is pitted against the extremes of weather...
I was just reading about Yahoo's woes as they try an "open" strategy... looking back I can remember writing in May that I thought Microsoft needed Yahoo more than Yahoo needed Microsoft (and initially it seemed that the markets agreed). Bad call. The end of the year finds Yahoo searching for answers - and a new CEO - while Microsoft seems likely to survive the economic downturn and emerge stronger. Never underestimate the longevity of a dinosaur :)
This is rather sad: NPR rewrites Rathergate history to cover up fraud. "'Nobody has ever proven the documents to be anything but what they purported to be,' Rather says." Riight. He's either an idiot or a liar. Possibly both.
NYTimes: Turning page, e-books start to take hold. You betcha. The Kindle has been a game-changer, and just like the iPod, it is the whole ecosystem that makes it different, including the Amazon store...
CNet has the complete year in tech review: 2008. Everything from the iPhone, to the rise of social networks, Microhoo, Vista's woes and Windows 7, and the economic meltdown and it's affect on Web 2.0. Check it out, a great overview...
National Geographic has the top ten space photos of 2008. Excellent, all of them, but my favorite would have to be this excellent picture of Jupiter as seen from Earth.
Congratulations to SpaceX for closing a $1.6B deal with NASA to resupply the space station. And congratulations to NASA for choosing small innovative companies like SpaceX instead of Lockheed and Boeing. [ here's more from Kimbal Musk ]
Apropos: 40-years later, Apollo 8 moon mission still awes. No kidding. Recent progress by companies like SpaceX just underscores how amazing it was that we were able to send men to the moon in 1968 with the technology of that day.
I love this: the classic Radio Flyer wagon updated for world 2.0. "This wagon, called the Cloud 9, is equipped with enough high-tech bells and whistles to make the family minivan jealous. Outfitted with 5-point safety harnesses, padded seats, cup holders, foot brakes and fold-out storage containers, the sleek, curved Cloud 9 has every family covered for a ride through the park. There's a digital handle that tracks temperature, time, distance and speed - just in case energetic parents want to track their split times around the playground. And there's a slot for an MP3 player, complete with speakers, for some cruising tunes." I love it.