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Sunday,  07/12/09  08:22 PM

Getting caught up after a busy long weekend that included the Death Ride and visits to the church of OVRO and the Land of the Ancients...

JibJab: he's come to save the dayJibJab: He's come to save the day.  They have the technology on these videos down, don't they?

Lance's new bike!I'm in between watching yesterday's and today's stages of the Tour de France; check out Lance Armstrong's new bike... wow, that's beautiful.

Hey, guess what?  Yeah, it's the all-star break.  Almost time for me to start paying attention to baseball.  What's that?  The Dodgers have the best record in baseball?  Wow, who knew?  How cool is that...

why are we so fat?Elizabeth Kolbert asks Why are we so fat?  A book review of The Evolution of Obesity, in which the evolution is discussed as much as the book.  My answer to the question is: Unnatural Selection, of course...

Related: as nation gains, size 14 becomes size 10.  Now that's what I call moving the goal posts!  (Unfortunately the same thing is happening with other metrics which are more important, like college entrance exam test scores...)

And the Economist weighs in with Battle of the bulge.

This makes me happy: Joe Satriani, live, Surfing with the Alien.  [ Thank you LGF! ]

Did you know?  Swearing makes you feel less pain.  I'm tempted to test this!

Last week in a business setting I countered a PDA, that is, a Poor Duplicate Acronym, in which you repurpose an acronym already in use with a less obvious meaning...

Marc Cantor's MacroMind LogoDave Winer: Marc Cantor leaves California.  Good luck, Marc!  (Love that old MacroMind logo :)

So it turns out honest people are not tempted into dishonesty.  I just have to wonder, how do we know?  Maybe they are tempted, but they're lying about it :)  Seriously I don't think honesty is so binary; there is a spectrum where some people are more dishonest than others, but everyone would be willing to lie about something...

ZooBorn: baby penguinZooBorn of the day: a baby penguin.  What a cute little guy...

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Greatest Hits
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