On vacation in Montecito - yay! - and man I have a lot going on... still recovering emotionally from my car accident Tuesday night (and haven't even recovered financially, ouch, indeed). As usual when I am on vacation, things come to a head at work, and I end up working (!); maybe someday I'll master disconnecting from the real world, but I haven't yet. And on another thread, we might buy a car for Alex today; it is the last day of the month, and hence we are dealing with a very motivated dealer :)
Meanwhile, let's make a filter pass...
A great article with a great point: Are you a social networking mutant? On the generational differences in the usage of Facebook... I have totally noticed this myself. I am definitely in between, I think my approach to things like Facebook is "younger" than I am, possibly because I am philosophically interested at a meta level as well as directly interested in networking. The line between one-on-one private interaction and one-to-many public is definitely blurring...
A Linux experiment gone horribly...perfect! It is interesting to contemplate, would it be possible to live without Windows? As I look at my usage of my laptop, the answer is "no"- I run Visual Studio, for example - but for much of what I do it could be done. Email, surfing, and blogging are easily done on any platform, and [apparently] it is now possible to edit Word documents and use Excel spreadsheets and create Powerpoint presentations as well. Windows is definitely under siege.
In re: John Kerry's tin ear (buying an expensive yacht from a foreign builder, and moving it to avoid taxes); my reaction is that maybe he isn't as dumb as I thought. He is exactly as hypocritical as I thought. Would he have been worse than Obama? Yeah, probably, he would have had all the same liberalism but without the communication skills.
Good to know: How to find aliens: follow the photosynthesis. If there is extraterrestrial life, it will have to get energy from somewhere, and radiation from stars is a likely source. And conversion of that radiation will likely proceed via some kind of photosynthesis... BTW for this reason it is far more probable to find alien "plants" on another planet than alien "animals"!
Related: a new take on the Fermi paradox. (This is the observation that if alien life existed, we would have found it by now.) Maybe we've found it already and don't know it, or maybe [as this link suggests] there are structural reasons why civilizations won't "find" each other...
Meanwhile: teams of physicists closing in on the God particle. That is, they are starting to figure out where it is not.
Scott "Dilbert" Adams with another great thought experiment: Startup Countries. "My idea for today is that established nations could launch startup countries within their own borders, free of all the legacy restrictions in the parent country." I love it. Interesting to contemplate what kind of immigration laws would such a country have?
Apple's Magic Trackpad, now available. IMNSHO, a useful peripheral, but it does not herald the end of the mouse, nor anything that fundamental. I do plan to get one :) I've used trackpads for years on laptops, and find them reasonable mouse equivalents, but not sure they're actually better than mice when space is available.
Stieg Larson ("the Girl who...") is Amazon's first Kindle Million Author. He won't be the last!
The Chinese can't figure out why we don't love their World's Fair. Are we losing our ability to be impressed by the future?
ZooBorns of the week: baby ostriches!
So be it... and now, off to buy a Mini! Please stay tuned...