I'm back. Sorry I was gone. I was, er, coding. And stuff...
So - important news first - HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY to my wonderful daughter Alexis. Ack, another pre-teen!
And - more important news - HAPPY DRIVERS LICENSE to my wonderful daughter Jordan. If you're driving in North Los Angeles, you've been warned :)
Last Saturday I took Alex and her friend Katherine to Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Want to know who's running for governor in California? Chris Heilman provides a list...
If you think government isn't completely out of hand trying to take responsibility away from people, you aren't paying attention. (Go directly to Bill Whittle's latest, Responsibility.) Here's the latest incredible example, California lawmakers OK soda ban for some schools. We have a $38B deficit and our lawmakers are worrying about this. Man, I am not making this up, but I wish I was. Help!
The Motley Fool considers Tivo, and finds it worthy (based on being the leader in a big new market). Interestingly they compare it to Netflix, which though a successful company I consider to be at the trailing edge. On the other hand, "never underestimate the bandwidth of a truck full of DVDs...".
This site is terrific! Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics. A detailed exposé of all the strange stuff that passes for reality in movies. Reminds me of that great line: "It would cost less to send a man to Mars than to make a movie about it." (Not to mention, in real life the physics would be better :)
Ever wonder why fireflies blink in unison? Or crickets chirp? Well, A New Science Looks at Things in Sync. Cue the Police, "With one breath, with one flow, you will know, Synchronicity..." [ via Ottmar Leibert ]
Mercury News reviews The Concert Companion, an off-the-shelf Sony Clie loaded with special software so that audience members at classical concerts can figure out what's going on in realtime. Wow, what a cool use for a PDA!
Nicholas Wade considers The End of Evolution. "...the one safe prediction about the far future is that humans will be a lot further along in their evolution." Hmmm...
GNXP wonders Why do Americans fear Nuclear Power? I've wondered the same thing, many times. In fact I'm puzzled why nuclear power isn't a favorite of "greens" everywhere. There is some danger, sure, but on balance it is cleaner and less destructive of Earth's resources than any other source of entropy.
There's more, but I'll save it for later. Thanks for making it all the way through :)