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Monday,  06/16/03  08:26 PM

Have you been following this SCO vs. IBM thing?  Today SCO announced they've terminated IBM's license, and IBM may no longer distribute AIX.  Right, like that's going to happen...  (here's IBM's response)  SCO is bogusly destroying value, wasting everyone's time with a non-lawsuit that will cost everyone money and help nobody.

King Kaufman in Salon: "Watching the NBA Finals, that poorly played, charisma-free exercise in bricklaying that the San Antonio Spurs ended with an 88-77 win over the New Jersey Nets in Game 6 Sunday, I wondered if the league had reached an epochal moment."  I have to agree.  This was the most boring NBA finals ever, and not just because it didn't include the Lakers.  Only Jason Kidd and Manu Ginobili seemed alive.  Okay, okay, it was fun seeing the Admiral go out on a high; I've been a big fan of his all along.  But as entertainment goes, this was painful.

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Brussel Sprout?

Speaking of watching sports, tonight I was watching the Angels lose in Seattle, and I suddenly saw a giant Brussels sprout wearing a hat.  What?!  (I'm not making this up - click the pic for a larger view.)

What is the heck is going on here?  Really, really close inspection reveals it says "Jan's Ultimate Salad".  Is this an ad for salad dressing?  A head of lettuce?  A deli?  Besides being unreadable and confusing, I think the demographics are messed up.  Most people watching baseball are not interested in the ultimate salad, they're interested in the ultimate bikini babe holding the ultimate beer.  Weird.

Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos meet Ginger.  "'This is the most energetic discussion we've ever had,' he said, 'and like all good energetic discussions it leaves you with more questions than answers, and leaves you questioning everything you thought you knew.'  He paused.  'And that's good.'"  Apparently it was not love at first sight.

Scoble reports he just ordered a Traffic Gauge.  Excellent, I want one!  They're currently limited to Washington State, however...  what a business opportunity in Los Angeles...

This is cool - literally - SFGate reports a company called IdleAire Technology is making a device for truck stops that provides cool air, TV, phone service, and Internet access.  Apparently they'll charge less than it would otherwise cost to idle the truck for the air conditioner.

And speaking of cool, Popular Science has an article which shows how to use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream in 30 seconds.  Isn't the Internet amazing?  This is why I blogsurf, who would want to miss important technical breakthroughs like this?

The highlight of the annual JavaOne show in San Francisco is Java guru James Gosling hurling T-shirts into the crowd.  In past years he used a three-person slingshot, but these days slingshots are banned in S.F., so he used a medieval machine called a trebuchet instead.  (Here's an action shot of a trebuchet flinging a piano; this one was slightly larger than the one James used for shirts.)  I am not making this up.

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