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Sunday,  07/19/09  10:29 PM

A great weekend of doing nothing, except that having a bunch of friends over yesterday for a BBQ wasn't nothing :)  Ate and drank too much and sat by the pool too much, and read, and didn't get anywhere near my bike (which is a little guilt inducing) and didn't get near my computer much either (also guilt inducing).  So be it, I have a busy week ahead and will spend plenty of time on both bike and computer...

Saturn V rocket graphicApollo 11 blastoffThe LATimes on Apollo (tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing): 'One small step for man,' one massive rocket project for engineers.  "The result of their work was the mammoth Saturn V, the largest and most powerful launch vehicle of its time. It was as tall as a 40-story building, with engines that gulped swimming pools worth of fuel every second. Producing 7.5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, Saturn V was so powerful that during a test at Cape Canaveral, it rained ceiling tiles on the head of CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite, watching from four miles away."  And that's the way it was.

Jeff Atwood wonders whether Software Engineering is dead.  Nope.

This is hilarious: God, Guns, Guts, and CNN's Idiot Reporters.  In which a red car dealer explains his "free AK-47 with a new vehicle" promotion to a blue reporter.  Watch it for yourself :)  [ via Instapundit ]

Interesting: Facebook vs LinkedIn: Creating good PR for yourself.  "Did you know that employers today have free access to an online database filled with photos and personal information about their job applicants?  Yeah, it’s called Google – maybe you’ve heard of it?"  I do worry about what colleagues, customers, partners, and other business associates might read on my blog, but...  [ Recommended by Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn :) ]

Dave Winer is trying to make RSS behave like Twitter.  So be it.  I often don't get Dave at first, and sometimes don't get him at all.  I'll keep trying :)

FREE for my Kindle, for FreeSo I ordered FREE for my Kindle, and it was indeed free, and it did indeed appear magically on my home page, and I did indeed start reading it.  Although it suffers from Chris Anderson's desperate attempts to extract significance from observation, there is definitely something new happening in the world of pricing, and he does a nice job of teeing it up.  In the end companies and people still want to make money, and so there has to be a way for value to get generated, so I don't think YouTube is qualitatively different from Gillette razors.  But I've barely started reading the book, so I'll give it a chance.  Stay tuned.

Apropos: The RIAA says DRM is dead.

ZooBorn: baby TakinZooBorn of the weekend: A baby Takin.  <Insert your pun here>

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