It's all happening... (seems like a good name for a blog :)
I've ignored the whole Jayson Blair / NYTimes thing; but of course I have a strong opinion. So does Glenn Reynolds! Anyone who thinks this isn't affirmative action-related is not paying attention. The worst part of this whole affair is the way it taints the work of any other minority reporter; people may question their veracity based solely on race. (In the same way that an Ivy-league degree means less if you're a minority.) So we see that affirmative action actually hurts minorities in their struggle for credibility. I hope the folks at the University of Michigan who are fighting to preserve their admission policies think about this.
Bush and Blair have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Makes as much sense as anyone else... This prize just doesn't have the luster or credibility of, say, the prize for Chemistry. I mean, Yasser Arafat has won it.
There's a lot of discussion in the blogosphere about "social software". The Guardian wonders "is it the next big thing or just hype". I think - just hype. Tools for communication are what people really need. Don Park has misgivings about it... Don't worry, Don. It is what it is. If there's a "there there", it will emerge from human-to-human communication, not because it is forced.
Wired looks for A Tivo Player for the Radio. Me, too! Bottom line - the killer product is not out yet. When it is, you'll know it.
Another new online music service: Magnatune. [ via Cory Doctorow ] "We are an Internet record label which sells and licenses music by encouraging MP3 file trading and Internet Radio." Interesting, but of course only "unknown" artists are represented...
I finished Michael Crichton's Prey. Not that good. Yeah, the nanotechnology ideas were there, and the genetic programming algorithms, and of course as usual he creates interesting characters and a sense of tension. But unlike some of his other novels it all seemed too farfetched, the science was far away from what's actually possible.
With the Matrix Reloaded on tap (three more days!) consider The top 10 things I hate about Star Trek. I'm going to reverse the polarity of this website right *now*; watch out!