Spinning back up to speed, here's a filter pass on 9/22-24, which I spent traveling to and in Baltimore. It was a great little interlude between two conferences, with some extraordinary experiences sprinkled in between customer visits.
The central issue of our time: Federal Spending. One look at this chart, showing federal spending vs household income, and you know this story will end badly. The only question is how badly, and who-all will get hurt. The decrease in household income seems scarier than the acceleration in federal spending, but they are linked, of course...
Ann Althouse captions this photo of President Obama and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas moving a couch in the oval office "rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic". It cannot be much fun skipper this particular ship of state; the course has failed, and disaster is nigh.
Revisiting Richard Nixon's Checkers speech from 58 years ago. It is emotional now even across this space of time, and with the immense change in culture. Good oratory is just lacking from today's politicians, isn't it?
Here's some important research: Science says men like shapely ladies. "A UT research team interviewed 375 men and women and concluded that men categorize women with attractive, curvy bodies as short-term partners, whereas a woman with a pretty face would more likely be considered for a long-term relationship." Further research seems indicated :)
John Gruber ponders How much is Facebook worth? I can remember the same debates about Google, pre-IPO, and everyone's estimate was low. But that was a different time... still, Facebook could be worth more than Google. Sure seems to be occupying a lot of cycles in the blogosphere.
Boing Boing runs a chapter from Douglas Rushkoff's upcoming Program or Be Programmed: Chapter 3: You may always choose "none of the above". Reminds me of a quote from Robert Gruden (a good friend's favorite saying): "True freedom, when given a choice between A and B, is to create C."