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Thursday,  04/24/03  06:31 PM

Mao with maskThe Economist: SARS: China's Chernobyl?  The latest issue has several great articles about the virus.

FuturePundit: What should be done about SARS.  Really excellent analysis.

CNN reports North Korea admits having nukes.  "North Korea's representative Li Gun pulled aside U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly on Wednesday and told him 'blatantly and boldly' that the country has at least one nuclear weapon, one official said.  Gun asked, 'Now what are you going to do about it?'"  Very interesting.  They must be quite frustrated with the U.S.' calm and restrained reaction to their bleating.

Steven Den Beste thinks this puts pressure on China, not the U.S...  Interesting.

From Cory Doctorow: Metacrap.  Cory is one of those people who consistently says things I'm thinking myself, only better.  The problems with metadata:

  1. People lie.
  2. People are lazy.
  3. People are stupid.
  4. People don't know themselves.
  5. Schemas aren't neutral.
  6. Metrics influence results.
  7. There's more than one way to describe something.

Take that, all you people who think XML and SOAP will make interconnectivity painless.

I can't wait until Dave understands trackback.  Hopefully he'll explain it and then I can finally get it, too.  { Yeah, you know me, I always assume if I don't get something, there's nothing to get... }

Russell Beattie edits the seven habits of the anti-blogger.  Cool.

Karlin Livingston reports William Gibson is ending his blog.  Interestingly, he feels blogging is incompatible with writing novels.  Meanwhile I've been under the delusion that blogging was helpful for writing nonfiction, although I must admit my progress on Unnatural Selection so far is a counter-example.

The Onion is back in form: New Fox Reality Show to Determine Ruler of Iraq.  They are much funnier when they're, uh, trying to be funny.

It isn't often that a website name makes me laugh out loud, but this one did: The Prime Number Shitting Bear.  Or, in its native Finnish: Alkulukuja Paskova Karhu.  Don't you just love the Internet?  I am not making this up.

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