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Thursday,  03/05/09  11:41 PM

Today was a day of deep work, immersed in coding, on negative time trying to fix some bugs and ship something.  I tried to practice the Tyranny Antidote, eliminate all distractions, focus.  I was somewhat successful at this, but somewhat unsuccessful at the debugging.  A tough slog remains, and I'm traveling to Boston tomorrow for a conference.  Whew.

Okay; I haven't made a filter pass in a couple of days, and it's all happening...

stock market "gyrations" since stimulus announcedObama claims he's not worrying about the "gyrations" in the stock market.  Riight.  The chart at right shows what has happened to the Dow since the stimulus package was announced.  The markets are clearly pissed off.

David Brooks: This is not the Obama I thought I knew.

Glenn Reynolds: Actually, it's the same Obama it always was.

Bill Quick: Same thing, same results.  "California spends far more than it takes in, despite having some of the highest taxes in the United States. It is hostile to business, and the middle class is fleeing in droves...  Does any of this sound familiar? It’s what Obama and the Democrats have in mind as a 'solution' for the rest of the country."  I hope not.

Oh, and meanwhile 8 million mortgage holders are now under water.  California lost $1.2T in real estate value last year, accounting for about half of those mortgages.

The WSJ considers the boutique banks which thrived taking dot-com businesses public, and wonders will the four horsemen ride again?  I sure hope so; an IPO market for venture-backed companies is a good thing for innovation, the economy, and everyone...

StatoilHydro headquarters in NorwayCool green building of the day: the StatoilHydro headquarters in Norway.

Thou shalt not text until Easter.  When 21st century technology meets 1st century religion, weirdness results.

Michael Arrington thinks it is time to start thinking of Twitter as a search engine.  I think it is time to start thinking of Michael Arrington as a koolaid drinking fool.  I could be wrong but I still think the Twitter emperor is not wearing any clothes.

DaVinci surgical robotRobots!  The Boston Globe's Big Picture delivers again.  As many of you know my daughter Megan had open-heart surgery performed via robotic arm seven years ago, when she was four.  That technology was incredible, but it has become even more amazing since...

This makes me happy: VB 6 supported in Win 7.  The ice age has been postponed and the dinosaur lives on :)  This was almost a given considering how many of Microsoft’s customers continue to use VB 6 because of difficulties and incompatibilities with migrating to VB.NET; not little companies like Aperio but little companies like Texaco and GE and Nabisco and State Farm and Walmart, where most of the internal applications are written in VB.  Still it is good to have it confirmed...

Zooborn: baby WombatZooBorn of the day: a baby Wombat.

Josh Newman: remember when I used to blog?  I, too have found blogging about not blogging to be a great way to start blogging again :)  Welcome back!

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