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the hunt for read October

Sunday,  10/31/10  10:10 PM

Yes, I know, I know, I missed October.  It happens.  But it was quite a month, and so I thought I'd go back and review a rather perfect 10/10...

the face of facebookNY 9/20: The Face of Facebook.  A fascinating look at Mark Zuckerberg...

Zuckerberg on The Social Network:  "We build products that 500 million people see… If 5 million people see a movie, it doesn’t really matter that much."

NY 9/27: Desperately Seeking Susan.  I read this with a catch in my throat... can it really have been twenty-five years since this came out?  I had such a crush ... on Rosanna Arquette.

in praise of inflationNY 9/27: In Praise of Inflation.  An interesting prescription... it is odd that the government has "printed" so much money and yet rates remain low.

Jean-Louis Gassée: The OS Doesn't Matter…  The war is over, Unix has won.  Note his closing remarks on App Stores...

Intuitive Surgical's DaVinci robotCNN Money: Fastest-growing rising stars: Intuitive Surgical.  I've been a huge fan ever since my daughter Megan was operated on by a forerunner to the DaVinci, back in 2001...

TheScientist: Redesigning Scientific Reputation.  An interesting discussion... about a controversial subject.

I missed 10/10/10: Happy 42 day!  (If this makes sense to you, you might be a geek :)

a meme is born (NY 9/27/10)

Wired: Steven Levy on Kindles in the Tabletized World.  I have to agree; right now, the iPad is not going to replace the Kindle.  As screen technology evolves, that could change...

DarkDaily: Tech-Savvy Doctors Are Putting Smartphones and iPads to Work in their Medical Practice.  There is no stopping the iPad juggernaut... (even if they aren't as good as Kindles for reading)

Eric Raymond: Tetris, Torture, and the Gorilla-Arm Problem.  Aka, why the tablet form factor has advantages.

Zeldman: The iPad as the new Flash.  "In the minds of many, the iPad is like Flash that pays."  Yep.

iPads are certainly be used for publishing magazines!
what an awesome picture

If Richard Feynman applied for a job at Microsoft.  Totally great.

Cancellara wins fourth world TT titleCancellara wins fourth world time trial title.  He is so good, nobody was surprised.  David Miller and Tony Martin finished 2nd and 3rd.

Thor Hushovd wins World Road TitleThor Hushovd wins world road racing title.  Wow, great for him.  What a terrific year for a terrific rider.  It will be great to see him in the rainbow jersey next year.

rough shoulder :)

colour my worldA great teatise: Colour my World.  "Colour does not exist. Not out in the world at any rate. All that exists in the world is a smooth continuum of light of different wavelengths. Colour is a construction of our brains."  Amazing when you think about it, and this post makes you...

Tim Oren: Driving with Google's bots.  "Perhaps what we're seeing is the result of the biggest cabal of Google engineers ever, using their 20% innovation time to pull off a state-of-the-art robotics project right under the eyes and flapping ears of Silicon Valley's pundits."  That would be ...

awesome!Too bad: Facebook's Like button used to be the Awesome button.  That would have been ... Awesome!

the nesting instinct (NY 10/04/10)

FuturePundit: Love seen as pain killer.  Huh.  I must say some of the most severe pain I've experienced has been caused by love.

how to pet a kittyOatmeal: How to pet a kitty.  Dead on.

the Points of Control mapHere we have the incredible Points of Control map.  Check it out... about Google and powered by Google :)

Yay, Josh Newman is back!  Mobile Chicken Sex.  Yes of course you have to read it...  and then Get to Work.  "The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration.  Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work."  Amen.

Scott "Dilbert" Adams ponders The "I wonder" App.  This is *so* going to happen, you can just feel it.  How long will it take?  I don't know, but 15 years ago I had to explain the Internet to everyone, and now...

snatching compromise from the jaws of disaster (NY 10/04/10)

Excellent news: Coming Sooner: The Hobbit.  Who isn't waiting for this?

waves of the monthThese Horse's Mouth's Waves of the Day are my waves of the month :)

the mini cannon in actionMini cannon will explode your tiny mind.  Indeed it did.  The sound track and video editing on this are superb, too.

Jeff Atwood: The Keyboard Cult.  I must tell you, I have a 10-year-old Micron clicky keyboard [typing on it right now] but my favorite of all time was the IBM 3101, a metal keyboard you could *pound*...

In case you missed it: Apple's 'Back to the Mac' event, in 104 seconds.  As John Gruber notes, Really great. Incredible. Beautiful. Thank you.

what a great idea (NY 10/11/10)

The only five countries where pension systems can survive.  The U.S. isn't one of them.  #1 is The Netherlands...

universal robotic handThe Universal Robotic Hand can grip anything.  How cool is that?

The world's most famous brainA beautiful piece in Esquire: The world's most famous brain.  Jacopo Annise is my customer, I am most proud :)

Question of the day: Would you go to Mars and never come back?  It is definite that *someday* such choices will be available to us...  maybe I might go to Titan (and never come back).  Hmmm...

And finally, from Bicycling magazine:


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About Me

Greatest Hits
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