Greetings from Boston - 3/9/9, cooler in a way than 3/3/9, if less obviously so... it was snowing today, so it was cool in more ways than one. Fortunately I am safely ensconced in the Prudential center, and experienced the weather as a pretty vista through windows :)
You are getting tired of hearing me boast about meals, I know, so I will not mention the wonderful dinner in a French Bistro; nor the goat cheese salad followed by killer lamb, rare, nor the nice Rioja which accompanied it. And I will certainly not mention the decadent praline cake for dessert.
Penn and Teller on ESP: Bullshit! They are wonderful.
ArsTechnica review Watchmen: huge, awkward, and pitch-perfect. I keep hearing good things about this movie, I guess I have to go see it. So be it.
These lists are usually worse than this one: top 10 inventions of the 20th century that changed the world: 1) the Internet, 2) TV, 3) computers. I notice derailleur-shifted gears did not make the list?
I read this in paper Wired, but here it is online: Design under Constraint, how limits boost creativity. There's a real point here, all design involves limits, and creativity is often finding the hidden local maxima on a given potential surface.
Joel Spolsky: How to be a Program Manager. Interesting for making the subtle point that programmers should not work for the Program Manager, so that feature debates aren't prematurely ended by fiat. I am guilty of doing that pretty often...
Gerard Vanderleun: It seems to me. Worth clicking through just for the blue screens :)
Sam Ruby tries Twitter: "Of course, this is totally and completely insane. Just yesterday, my sister-in-law was asking me how, if I just signed up on Thursday, did I already have 200 followers? Today it is over 300. I can’t begin to fathom what exactly is so riveting about this drivel." Me either.