I'm baack... whew. Quite a week, in Europe, what with riding and watching the Tour of Flanders, and then meetings in Utrecht, Netherlands, Bonn, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland. In between I managed to screw up trains in every way possible; in one case, I took the right train to the wrong station, in another, I got on the wrong half of the right train (yes, they separate the cars, and off you go in the wrong direction), and in yet another I took the right train to the right station but got off at the wrong place. It was all great :0 Have I ever told you I love trains?
Bill Whittle: Vigilance and the Siren Song of the State.
Here's the Velonews replay: Cancellara conquers Flanders. And not content with that, Cancellara cruises to Roubaix triumph, again defeating Tom Boonen and the usual cast of classic characters. Wow, that's awesome, winning Flanders and Roubaix on consecutive weekends. He can take the next weekend off :)
Ted Dziuba undergoes a blog upgrade. I sometimes think about switching to a standard blogging software, but then I read stuff like this and the feeling passes :)
Earthquakes! 7.2 in Baja California. Yikes. Felt all the way in Holland; I was visiting relatives and my Mom called to report the news and check if we were okay. Ha. And not to mention 7.8 in Sumatra, Indonesia. Double yikes.
Here's some important research: would a Lava Lamp work on Jupiter? Featuring a homemade test rig: "The centrifuge is a genuinely terrifying device. The lights dim when it is switched on. A strong wind is produced as the centrifuge induces a cyclone in the room. The smell of boiling insulation emanates from the overloaded 25 amp cables. If not perfectly adjusted and lubricated, it will shred the teeth off solid brass gears in under a second. Runs were conducted from the relative safety of the next room while peeking through a crack in the door." Yes, you must view it in action.
Fox: It's a fact, sex makes you do stupid things. Depends on the definition of "stupid" :)
Yes: smooth jazz version of Metallica's Enter Sandman, with James Hetfield on vocals. Surprisingly not terrible, and interesting for being so different. I have an Ottmar Liebert version of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir which is similar.
Today's iPad pundits include:
The thrill of flying the SR-71 Blackbird. Awesome!
Scott (Dilbert) Adams contemplates The Happiness Button. "Suppose humans were born with magical buttons on their foreheads. When someone else pushes your button, it makes you very happy." An interesting analysis which results in a deep conclusion, with which I agree entirely: "I can't think of any imaginary situation in which long term happiness could come from other people. The best you can hope for is that other people won't thwart your efforts to make yourself happy."
From NewScientist: Enter the matrix: the deep law that shapes our reality. Some classic non-science as we get a dose of BS around "random matrix theory"....
It's about time: Slashdot reports C programming language back at number 1. Primarily due to the decline of Java. Ha!