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Tuesday,  07/19/11  09:28 PM

Final post before getting on a plane tomorrow and heading to Europe.  It's going to be great!  I don't know how much time I'll have for blogging, so I apologize in advance if I have to catch up later.  Please have a great time if we don't see each other :)

Sorry for posting so much about the Tour de France, I know, you don't care, but I do, and this is my blog, eh?  We're actually going to be in Paris for the final stage on the Champs d'Elysee next Sunday, how cool is that?  And there's a nonzero chance we might go down to Grenoble for the time trials on Saturday, too.  So I'm afraid there's more Tour blogging ahead!

Want to see something sad?  This isn't a Tour de France stage profile, it's the value profile of my house over the past ten years, according to Zillow.  As you can see, the last five years erased the gains of the first.  Now the more-than-$64,000 question is, what will happen from here?  Is this the bottom and will prices recover, or are they going to go down further? 

Susannah Breslin: How not to be unemployed.  I am always stuck by how useless the "normal" advice for job-seekers feels.  I especially liked her emphasis on networking over resume sending.  That feels dead-on. 

Awesome counterpoint to country-level rights: this painting is not available in your country.  What's especially ironic is that this picture is on Flickr, where it is rights-restricted :) 

John Gruber, regarding the new Google+ app for the iPhone: "An interesting app for a service I do not enjoy. It does not solve my fundamental problem with Google+, which is that it feels like work to use."  See, that's my problem too.  In fact, it feels like work just to explain why I don't want to use it. 

Doonesbury on teaching creationism.  I love it. 

Why can't we fix Medicare once and for all?  Geoff Colvin makes too much sense in Fortune. 

Okay, that's it, we're off.  Have fun and stay tuned!