Coming to you live! from Houston... after a max busy day in which I drove down to Vista, had a few interesting meetings, and then drove up to LAX to fly out here... I must tell you all this travel is all very exciting, but it sure isn't very efficient.
From CNN: Economists: the stimulus didn't help. And of course when you factor in the inflationary pressure of the $787B ARRA, it will hurt considerably. Nice.
I have a rather large backlog of not-quite-important but worthy-of-doing tasks, as usual, and just today stumbled across Clive Thompson's excellent post from three years ago, the formula of procrastination. Dead on.
Congratulations to Adam Engst, on the 20th anniversary of TidBITS, their 1,024th issue! That's amazing. To celebrate they published a special section of reminiscence, including a TidBIT from me :)
Scott "Dilbert" Adams publishes two Internet-only Dilbert comics on the lost iPhone 4G fiasco. I love it!
From the Onion: Man At Very Top Of Food Chain Chooses Bugles. "Despite having no natural enemies and belonging to a species that completely dominates its ecosystem, local IT manager Reggie Atkinson opted to consume the processed corn snack Bugles Monday." Wow, bullseye. Almost had Bugles myself today, but settled for Chex Mix :) [ via Kottke ]
Philip Greenspun: Comparing books on happiness. "Folks are baffled by the fact that GDP per person has risen in the U.S. but reported happiness has not." Happiness comes from liking yourself, not from your physical circumstances. This is why relative prosperity is more important than absolute prosperity. And why programs which level prosperity do not make people happier...
Inhabitat: Top 6 stunning green pavilions at 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Beautiful examples of architecture as well as engineering.
And finally, Steve Hawking cautions against alien contact. "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet... If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the native Americans." I am not making this up...