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3/3/3

Monday,  03/03/03  05:35 PM

Today is 3/3/3.  I will never see another day like this one.  Reminds me of the preface to Godel, Escher, Bach, one of my very favorite books, in which Douglas Hofstadter mentions that he remembers "at an early age being fascinated with the idea of taking three 3's; operating upon 3 with itself!"  I hope you enjoyed Threesday.

Is is becoming clear that the U.S. war against Iraq won't "start" in the sense that one day it isn't on, and the next day it is.  Right now we're bombing and we already have ground troops in Iraq.  Maybe it will be a process, not an event.

Have you heard about "the semantic web"?  Do you get it?  Well, I don't either.  With stuff like this I've decided if I don't get it, either it is too complex to be really cool, or there's nothing to get.  { Like .Net, for example, which emperor's nakedness is slowly becoming obvious, but I digress. }  The clear simple alternative to "the semantic web" is the existing web, which Google is steadily evolving.  Duncan Wilcox ponders PageRank 2.0.

Sony has announced the first "blu-ray" DVD recorder, which can store 23GB on a single side.  Early pricing is 450,000 yen, or about $3,800, keeping this away from all but the most anxious early adopters.  Still, in five years it will be standard-issue...

William Gibson: "The future is already here, it just isn't evenly distributed."  I like that.

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