It's all happening...
You can't make this stuff up. "Arnold Schwarzenegger will officially announce his intentions with regard to the California recall election for governor on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next Wednesday." So be it. I like Arnold, but I'm hoping he doesn't run so Richard Riordan will... we need someone with experience to clean up Gray Davis' mess. Gosh, I'm starting to sound like a Republican... slap! slap!
Steven Den Beste considers the history of the world, biology version. Very interesting stuff. (I don't know how Steven makes time to write these long tomes...)
Wired considers the Audiopad, a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. Very cool. Apparently it is easier to use than to explain - always a good sign :)
Want to spy on someone? How about an unmanned RC flying wing with a UV movie camera, programmed with GPS waypoints? What a great time we live in - that stuff like this actually exists, and not just in science fiction novels...
The NYTimes has a story about statistical language translation - the idea that you use statistical properties of human-translated documents to develop rules which are then used for machine translation. I think this kind of technique - which uses emergent properties rather than explicit heuristics - is the future of AI. A variation of this is what we're using for image pattern recognition at Aperio.
The Houston Chronicle reports: Teachers to keep tabs on potential dropouts by computer. "With a new computer database available at every campus this fall, teachers can keep a virtual eye on every student and identify those at risk of leaving." So that's nice, but even nicer would be a way to keep them from leaving - by motivating them to stay. At least this way teachers who care would know who to pay attention to... but then teachers who care would already know this themselves.
Joel Spolsky discusses stupidity at the helm of software companies...
NYT: cable or satellite, please stay tuned. Another article which (among other things) sings the virtues of Tivo. The article discusses Time Warner's new cable service for New York city, which includes a cable box that has a PVR built it. The future is here, ladies and gentleman. Time-shifting is the wave of the present. (You mean you still watch live TV? That's so 1900s...)
Don Park tells it like it is: XHTML is Technical Masturbation. "Emitting XHTML instead of HTML is pretty popular among geeks these days... Unfortunately, it amounts to technical masturbation because there are no real benefits to using XHTML. Even worse, using XHTML can be down right harmful." Don't worry, you're safe reading this blog; I have not succumbed to this temptation [yet] and still use plain vanilla HTML like my father and his father before him.
For the nerds among you (and for me to find again), Microsoft Developer Tools Roadmap.
There are a lot of blogs out there; CyberAtlas estimates there are 1,600,000 active ones... And you're using your valuable time to read this one!