I had a great birthday yesterday, and because I didn't get home until last night it has extended into today, with a nice dinner planned tonight. What could be better.
John Stossel: Who creates jobs? "Today, the White House holds its 'Jobs Summit' stunt. It’s typical Washington-think: assemble interest groups and concoct special tax credits and handouts to the politically connected. What conceit. The political class think that economies revolve around them, that Washington makes things happen, that politicians are the most important players... They and the political class can’t imagine a decentralized world where good things happen…without them. But in the real world, that’s exactly how good things happen, and how jobs are created. When government sets simple rules that everyone understands and then gets out of the way, free people create jobs." Dead on, read the whole thing.
The American: The meaning of motley CRU. "It’s time for climate science to clean house. Whatever investigations come of Climategate, they should not stop with the United Kingdom." I sure wish I could get a clean bearing on all this; so far the discussions in the blogosphere have generated more heat than light.
This is important: How to tell if you are being boring:
Not boring: the eighteen strangest roads in the world. I've actually driven #1, the Hana Hiway on Maui. Beautiful but not for those in a hurry :)
Also not boring: The Gentlemen of Bacongo, about an extreme fashion subculture in the Congo slums. Wow. Just when you think you've seen it all, you realize "it all" is so much more than you thought.
Interestingly and strangely, Google gets into the DNS business. Huh. Not sure whether to immediately switch over everything or wait. The consensus seems to be that it is faster. I think I'll let this soak, I don't need to be an early adopter.
Jeff Atwood: Version 1 sucks, but ship it anyway. (I'm pretty sure he isn't referring to Google DNS :) This is good advice for anyone with a web-based service, you can learn and iterate rapidly. If you're shipping turnkey software into the field, you have to make sure version 1 doesn't completely suck before you ship it, because learning and iterating is going to be slower and costlier. Overall this is one of the biggest benefits of online software delivery, for both customers and vendors, and it is often unappreciated.
What? No foosball, today's startups are smaller, leaner, faster. They're too busy shipping version 1 I guess.
Salon's Scott Rosenberg: Memories of a Paywall Pioneer. I've subscribed to Salon for years; it is one of the few things I've ever paid to read online, and I did it mostly as an experiment. It would appear that ads are the only viable business model for online content. And as Scott notes, once a site erects a paywall, it is really hard to take it down later.
Finally, today we have surprised kitteh. Click through for the best 17s of your day, I promise :)