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Saturday,  09/19/09  09:54 AM

Back in the blogitorium on a Saturday, enjoying the day.  I have a major coding project planned for this weekend, it will be Outlook down, Sharpreader down, Citydesk down, and Photoshop down, as I happily launch Visual Studio.  But first, this:

Can you even believe these ACORN videos?  Wow.  I really don't see how ACORN is going to survive this.  And of course President Obama worked closely with ACORN, but he is distancing himself as fast and as thoroughly as possible.  In him, we may have the new teflon President.  Although some of this crap is bound to stick... 

Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-man: bananas and antibananas.  I love this: 

Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann's chief competitor for the title of the World's Smartest Man but a stranger to pretension, once encountered Gell-Mann in the hall outside their offices at Caltech and asked him where he had been on a recent trip; "Moon-TRAY-ALGH!"  Gell-Mann responded in a French accent so thick that he sounded as if he were strangling.  Feynman - who, like Gell-Mann, was born in New York City - had no idea what he was talking about.  "Don't you think," he asked Gell-Mann, when at length he had ascertained that Gell-Mann was saying "Montreal," "that the purpose of language is communication?"

I can remember that both had their offices at the same end of the same hall at Caltech, a sort of living hall of fame.  And that the hall ended in a cul de sac, with a conference room as an island in the middle.  And that the rumor was, it was so they could chase each other in the hallway, endlessly...

Once again, Facebook owns "talk like a pirate day" on the web.  Avast! 

This is unbelievable: new lawsuit brings clarity to Skype's problems.  I have to agree with the conclusion: Prognosis: Screwed.  How could you possibly buy a business without also licensing the IP on which it is based?  Due diligence, anyone? 

Mike Arrington answers my question: Mint is Yodlee's YouTube.  "Yodlee never thought to ask for equity in Mint in the early days of the company, so they didn’t make anything from the acquisition."  Bummer. 

Robert Farago is leaving TTAC, prompting a retrospective.  My personal favorite was his review of the Subaru Tribeca, one of the ugliest cars ever built.  ("Once again, form murders function".)  He was definitely irreverent an entertaining, and he will be missed...