Whew, escaped from the spin cycle! It was just as bad as I thought it would be... but it was also great, and I learned a lot, and was amazingly impressed with the quality and content of the speakers at Pathology Visions. (Check out my Aperio blog for a recap.)
Meanwhile, it's all happening...
If you're wondering how President Obama's health care proposals might work out, you should read Philip Greenspun: Massachusetts Health Care Reform Results. The experiment has already been performed.
Wow, so Intuit has bought Mint, for $270M. The headline of the press release says it all: "tried and true combines with fresh and new". I can't figure out whether Intuit really needed capabilities (and users) which Mint had already acquired, or whether this was just taking a competitor out of the market. Either way the combination makes sense...
Inhabitat notes: Colossal green volcano building rises in Italy. Unlike some of Inhabitat's rather interesting posts, this one is really happening; they are building this thing. Wow.
Power outage caused by squirrel. Makes me proud to be an Eichhorn.
Tim Bray wonders Where's the mobile biz? Following up on Guy Kawasaki, Will Anyone Pay for Anything? It does seem like FREE is the default expectation online, and despite Chris Anderson's book, it is not a great business model for most things. I think it has gotten worse, too; if Amazon or eBay or PayPal launched today, their users would expect to get books or auctions or payments for free.
Speaking of FREE, from the Bing blog: visual search: why type it when you can see it? Indeed. Search is definitely one of the things we get free, supported by ads (Google! Yahoo! and now Bing!) and expanding Search to support more and different predicates is going to happen. I think this will drive adoption of augmented reality; if you could search in realtime for what you are looking at now, how cool would that be?
The Onion: Eight sailors suspended in boat-clearing brawl. Ha! I love the accompanying picture of Alinghi's cat becalmed on Lake Geneva, that's perfect... [ thanks, Greg ]
Roger Federer makes the most incredible tennis shot of all time. Do not try this at home - ouch!
New Buick tagline: "the new class of world class". Huh? You have to know who you are, and Buick, you are not world class. Not even.
Remember my comment about smartphones taking over? Well Kottke noticed it too: Your company? There's an app for that. "Few technology and device-making companies probably realize it, but they are in direct competition with Apple (or soon will be). How did this happen? Well, the iPhone does a lot of useful things pretty well, well enough that it is replacing several specialized devices that do one or two things really well." Good is the enemy of great. And good enough is the enemy of all specialized products...
Meanwhile, in another attack from below, the Kindle version of Dan Brown's new book is outselling the hardcover on Amazon. Well that didn't take long, did it. I don't think you would have bet on this two years ago.