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Wednesday,  07/08/09  11:51 PM

Yesterday started great and ended in a funk.  Today started in a funk, descended into serious badness, but got better at the end.  Whew.

Did you mark the moment?  Today we reached 12:34:56 on 7/8/9.  Tell your grandkids :)

Not surprisingly, Venture Capital fund raising plunges in first half.  It is a trailing indicator of the availability of exists, the IPO market and the M&A market.  Those will have to improve first, and the funds will follow.

the Alinghimaran as seen from the bottom as it is helicoptered into the waterQuite an amazing picture: a bottom view of the Alinghimaran, as it is helicoptered into the water.

A rather optimistic take: how nanopayments finally came of age.  The idea being that social networks like Facebook somehow provide an infrastructure for micropayments that didn't exist before.  The fundamental problem is that authentication, fraud, settlement friction, etc. impose a certain cost on each transaction, and that is more than the value of a typical micropayment.

More nano: I like this: Feynman's Path to nanotech, from the Foresight Institute.  His 1959 talk, "plenty of room at the bottom", remains seminal in the field.  What an amazing, influential guy.

File this under 'unclear on the concept': printed blog publication fails.  It might have worked on the Kindle :)

Related: Chris Anderson's FREE is Free - online.

Weird/good information: rear lights, flashing or solid?  I always have a flashing taillight on my bike, on the theory that it makes me more visible.  But perhaps (according to this article) being more visible is not a good thing; apparently it can attract drunk drivers to you.  Wow.

ZooBorn: baby SerowZooBorn of the day: A baby Serow.  Yes of course there's such a thing as a Serow, and here's what they look like :)

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