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Tuesday,  03/24/09  09:10 PM

Spent today working from home, unusually for a Tuesday; this is my "meeting day" so I was on the 'phone for most of it...  was able to do a little work in parallel, but only a little...  and then I joined the Red Group of the Conejo Valley Cyclists; they ride every Tuesday, but I can't usually join them, so this was a nice treat.  I needed a good hard ride, I have a double coming up Saturday, and my brain needed defogging.

I am feeling like, in daily updates, I am posting too much stuffWhat do you think?

Boing Boing: Democratic North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan Saw What Was Coming (and no one listened!)  "'I think we will look back in 10 years' time and say we should not have done this but we did because we forgot the lessons of the past, and that that which is true in the 1930's is true in 2010,' said Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota."  That was in 1999.  Good call.

From Inhabitat: top ten greenwash.  "Now that green is trendy, marketers are starting see green when they hear the term ‘green’. As the green movement grows, so does the amount of ‘green-wash’ out there - stuff that is marketed to look ‘green’, organic or healthy, but in reality is anything but."  1) ‘Eco-shaped’ bottled water, 2) Hybrid SUVs, 3) Carbon credits.

Google Voice logoJohn Patrick reviews Google Voice.  He likes it.  "When you start out you get a phone number for most any area code you want. The new number then becomes your only number. When someone calls it your cell phone, your office phone, you home phone, and a vacation home phone all ring."  As I noted before, I already have only one number so this isn't that cool for me, but I wish all of you would get it so I only need one number to call you!

Levi Leipheimer wins Castilla y Leon time trialInteresting doings at the Vuelta a Castilla y León in northern Spain; I'm sure you've heard Lance Armstrong crashed yesterday and broke his collarbone, so today Levi Leipheimer won the time trial, with Alberto Contador second.  Any question about whether Astana isn't the best team in the world?

inch-sized amoebaFrom Collision Detection: Incredibly weird, inch-wide single-celled creatures discovered rolling across the sea floor.  "It’s a single cell, it’s the size of a grape, and it propels itself across the ocean floor: Behold the Bahamian Gromia - one of the strangest beasts yet discovered in the briny deep."  The more we learn about this world, the more amazed we are at the diversity of life.  Wow.

Wow, who would have guessed?  TechCrunch reports Facebook Relents: Users Get More Control With Redesign Tweaks.  Wow, I can't wait.  I've basically stopped using Facebook, it is that much worse than it was.

Nine good things the Internet has ruined forever.  A good list.  #1 is privacy, #2 is journalism, and #5 is OMG Lists :)

Chris Anderson: My letter to the Economist.  "As a former Economist technology writer, I understand the attractions of 'simplify, then exaggerate'. But in the case of your article on freeconomics ('The end of free lunch—again', March 19th), you have done a bit too much of both."  I read that article, and I thought so too...

flowchart: which Internet blowhard am I?A handy chart from Wired: which Internet blowhard am I?  I love it.  I think I might be Chris Anderson :)

ZooBorn: world's cutest Francois LangurZooBorn of the day: the world's cutest Francois Langur.  Who could argue?

Well so far my "don't post so much" resolution isn't working out very well.  Good night!

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