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Friday,  04/23/10  04:51 PM

my brain is full... you have been warnedAs noted, my brain is full, but I will try to make a filter pass anyway, on a Friday afternoon no less.  You have been warned.

how to name a volcano :)Put down all sharp objects and hot liquids, and then let The Oatmeal explain how to name a volcano.

Yesterday Facebook announced that they've expanded their API, to include "the Open Graph".  Which is open in the sense that anyone can use it, but closed in the sense that it belongs to Facebook.  Scoble is right to comment on Facebook's ambition, this is big.  So, should I add 'Like' buttons to my blog?  (And thereby allow you to auto-link posts into your Facebook?)  Huh.  I'm thinking 'no', but I'm still thinking...

Earth Day - windmills!It is Earth Day, 2010.  And the Big Picture celebrates with a big spread, interposing "good" and "bad" pictures of humans and their effect on Earth.  I especially like the pictures of windmills, which are delightfully ambiguous in their green-ness; sure, clean power in some sense, but definitely a nonzero impact on the environment.

pianist plays iPad for encoreIt had to happen: Pianist plays concert encore on iPad.  Wow.  I guess the lack of physical keyboard doesn't affect everyone :)

Meanwhile, here is Eric Raymond's take:  "The iPad is the ultimate Steve Jobs device – so hypnotic that not only do people buy one without knowing what it’s good for, they keep feeling like they ought to use it even when they have better alternatives for everything it does."  He doesn't think it will be successful, but he's been wrong before...

non-stopping trainA train that never stops at stations.  Pretty cool, operates on the same principle as the newer style of ski lift, where the chairs come off the main cable for loading and unloading, allowing the cable to move much faster.  Probably impractical but an ingenious idea.

Okay, that's it, now my brain is really full.  See you Sunday.

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Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained