I am digging out from a day of status / email / administrivia; just surfacing… my [oldest] daughter Nicole [who is in the Navy, stationed in Sicily] arrived this afternoon with her fiancé Chris (he seems very nice) and everyone ran off to go shopping. A bit of a whirlwind moment. They’re going to be here all week, should be “interesting” ;)
Daniel Hannan delivers a classic rant: The devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government. Yes you must watch it, and then you must wish that we had our own Daniel Hannan in our Congress.
Glenn Reynolds has accumulated some links about the Wagoner firing, including James Lileks: maybe I'm old-school, but 'President fires CEO' looks wrong. The more I think about it, the worse this feels. The government has no business getting into business. Would you buy a used car industry from Uncle Sam the car repair man?
"Duh" headline of the day: Online journalists more optimistic about the future of journalism than print peers. I continue to believe that part of the reason for the MSM's negativism in reporting is because their industry is crashing around them. Bloggers are a lot more optimistic :)
Microsoft to shutter Encarta. Pretty incredible. Launched in 1993, the CD-based encyclopedia quickly put Encyclopedia Britannica and its competitors out of business, but it proved a transitional technology as it too has succumbed to the digital/online juggernaut; now Wikipedia rules. This is going to happen everywhere information is published, in whatever form; music, movies, books, etc., and not only will the new replace the old, but the new will cost less and make less money, as there is now no premium at all for distribution.
Coming to this a bit late, but congratulations to Levi Leipheimer for winning the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. This makes him two for two in one week stage races this year, after winning the Tour of California. That's speed. And of course he is on the same team with Lance "broken collarbone" Armstrong and Alberto Contador.
Joel Spolsky on solid state disks. "I did a little bit of benchmarking... don’t take these numbers too seriously since I didn’t run many tests and it’s hard to get everything right. Boot time dropped from 2:11 to 0:34. That’s from a cold boot to launching Firefox and navigating to google.com. Launching 6 major applications went from about 20 seconds to about 10 seconds. In general, the fact that app launching is so much faster makes a huge difference and it was totally worth it. This little laptop is now the fastest computer I’ve ever used." I totally believe this; with Windows paging sucking so hard disk speed is more important than CPU speed for most PCs. I want one!
Monsters vs Aliens seems to be getting a lot of good press. Interesting that the batting average of animated movies is so much higher than movies with live actors, isn't it? They aren't all great, but many of them are and few of them suck. This one is [apparently] notable for having good characters (and the lead is a woman!) and an actual plot; that alone would set it aside from a lot of the current cinema :)
ZooBorns of the day, Otter pups!