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Wednesday,  02/16/11  11:24 PM

the start of the day: storm over waterToday began horribly, with gloomy rain and a kazillion little things going wrong, but ended great, with a fullish moon and good news on a number of fronts.  That's how it goes sometimes, you wake up in the morning, you never know what will happen that day...

OMG, my daughter Megan has started a blog: style ftw. What have I done? :)

What I want this to be is something big, something different, something cool. I read about the blog Style Rookie by Tavi Gevinson in a magazine and decided to check it out. She is my new idol! 14 and famous for fashion already. Her clothing is amazing... she's fearless. I made the conclusion that if I had a blog I could maybe try to sorta do the same thing but different. My blog is more of a journey than a scrapbook. I'm going to start to wear whatever I want (even if its crazy), design one piece of clothing every week and show you guys what inspires me. I'm going to take pictures, videos, and write every week. This is about the fashion, the journey is just a way to serve it.

Meg is 13

I have an iPhone!  Yes indeed, a spiffy new iPhone 4 from Verizon.  I continue to love my Palm Pre and that will remain my daily driver, so to speak.  But I need to test Aperio's new AJAX digital slide viewer on an iPhone (and on an iPad).  So far I must say the onscreen keyboard isn't as horrible as I feared.  Stay tuned!

I have switched to Chrome!  Yes indeed, Chrome is now my default browser.  I found the solution to opening external links in a new window instead of a new tab.  It is a registry hack but it works, and now I am happily Chroming.  I'm just going to say, it *is* faster than Firefox, and less of a memory hog.  Speed continues to be important; remember, IE took over from Netscape when it became faster, and Firefox took over from IE when it became faster too.

computer Watson wins Jeopardy!Wow, Computer finishes off humans on Jeopardy!  "The IBM supercomputer Watson won its second 'Jeopardy!' game in Wednesday's edition of the TV show, completing a sweep of its two human opponents, including Jennings, who acknowledged mankind's trivia inferiority before the match was even over."  So be it.

Lance Armstrong retires from cyclingLance Armstrong retires from cycling.  So be it!  The greatest stage racer ever hangs up his cleats, after an amazing comeback that saw him finish third in the Tour de France at age 38 after a three-year layoff.  He will probably always be dogged by charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs, but he has never tested positive and has been tested more times for more things than any athlete ever.  Meanwhile he made a heroic recovery from a horrible cancer, won seven consecutive Tours de France, and has raised more money for philanthropic purposes through his Livestrong Foundation than any other athlete ever.  He is my hero, and I'm wearing a yellow LiveStrong wristband right now in his honor.

the roundest object in the worldHere we have the roundest object in the world.  All part of trying to define the kilogram empirically, by determining Avogadro's Number to a higher precision...

To nobody's surprise, Apple launches App Store subscriptions.  Interestingly they're taking a cut of every subscription payment, not just the initial payment for an App.  I guess this makes sense, but it will cause some tooth-gnashing among content publishers who are already operating on teeny margins.  I predict this will not save magazines and newspapers, it will primarily be a vehicle for game updates.

AAPL vs MSFT vs GOOG in five-year market capIn related news, Apple is now worth $100B more than Microsoft.  Google is closing fast in third place.  Wow, just wow.  Could you have predicted that five years ago?  No.

This I love: On the first day, Man created God.  "The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike."  Shhh....

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second gear
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almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
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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
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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