Critical Section

Wednesday,  05/20/09  10:37 PM

A travel day, Burbank to Dallas, long layover including an amazing dinner at Mr. G's in the Hyatt Regency in the middle of DFW (a game selection: Bison, Elk, and Quail, paired with amazing Burgundy, and an Italian cheesecake w cherries which was transporting), then Dallas to Raleigh, and here I am in Durham, blogging...

I am still really loving my Kindle.  It allowed me to read Pattern Recognition all day, including during dinner in the very dark and formal Mr. G's, where I was able to continue reading by setting the font size to 6.

One result of having watched Megan debate last weekend, I am thinking of many things in the "prop/opp" way; you have a hypothesis, and you have points in favor, points against, and rebuttals for each.  Proposition: the government should intervene to save large organizations from going bankrupt.  Argue for and against!

We can now consider California as one such large organization.  Wow...

Apropos: voters don't just say No, they say No Way.  Hasta la vista, Arnold...

Kaiser's online EHRCNet has an image gallery of online personal health tools: taking your health record with you.  Ah, but does it include the pathology information?  It should :)

Absinthe and FlamethrowersMaybe my next book: Absinthe and Flamethrowers: Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously.  "I’ve spent the last two years writing my just released book Absinthe and Flamethrowers, an exploration of a single, important question: Are people who take risks happier than those who do not?"  Interesting; I keep thinking I might be happier if I took more risks, but I'm not willing to risk it :)

Dave Winer's big idea for the NYTimes: write about Twitter for your Twitter audience.  And let them write about it, too.  Huh.  I swear, I still don't get Twitter.  Everyone else does, I know, even Queen Rania of Jordan, but not me.

Another thing I don't get: researchers store optical data in five dimensions.  What does that even mean?  It can't just be a five-dimensional array, right?

Looks like VS 2010 is out, at least in Beta form, so it looks like I'll have to try it.  I am still using VS 6 for VB and VS 2005 for C++; I've done some experiments with VS 2008 but not for production.  Stuck in the stone age :)

Levi Leipheimer TTTomorrow is the big day at the Giro d' Italia, the Cinque Terre time trial which will likely decide the overall winner.  It is long and hilly, and most observers think the time gaps will be huge.  Go Levi!  I wish I could watch...

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Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained