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Tuesday,  01/06/04  11:53 PM

Busy year so far.  Whew.

first color picture of Mars from Spirit

If you've been on the web at all the past 24 hours, you've seen these new color pictures of Mars, courtesy of Spirit.  When I saw that first picture, it literally gave me chills.  It just doesn't seem real - but it is.  Awesome!

India and Pakistan announce the start of "peace talks".  Excellent. 

North Korea offers to halt its nuclear activities if six-way talks are restarted.  A key contingency: they want the U.S. to begin supplying heavy oil, power and other energy resources.  Also excellent.

Meanwhile Libya is trying to reestablish diplomatic ties with Israel.  Again, excellent.

What's going on here?  Peace seems to be breaking out all overGlenn Reynolds comments: "A funny thing happened on the way to world war.  Despite claims that President Bush's war on terror would set the Middle East -- and the rest of the world -- aflame, things haven't worked out that way.  In fact, they're looking pretty good."

Governor ArnoldArnold Schwarzenegger gave his first State of the State address tonight.  Citizen Smash is all over it, with excerpts from newspapers prior to the speech, and a review of the highlights afterward.  "Over the last five years, the state's income has increased 25 percent, but spending increased by 43 percent.  This was irresponsible...  If we continue spending and don't make cuts, California will be bankrupt.  Every governor proposes moving boxes around to reorganize government.  I don't want to move the boxes around; I want to blow them up."  Smash sums up: My governor can kick your governor’s ass.

iPod mini family

So did you catch Steve Jobs' keynote at Macworld?  Excellent as always.  Here's a summary of the announcements if you don't have an hour to watch Steve...  For me the coolest new thing is Xgrid, Apple's computational clustering facility.  Perfect for pattern recognition in large Pathology images :)

Brett Simmons and John Gruber like GarageBand.  "GarageBand turns your Mac into an anytime, anywhere recording studio packed with hundreds of instruments and a recording engineer or two for good measure."  Very cool.

Chris Anderson in Wired: Memo to the Next Head of the MPAA.  "Congratulations on your new job - and on having the courage to take it.  You arrive at a historic moment, with big shoes to fill and a tough challenge ahead...  So what should you do?  Start by accepting that new technology means a new way of doing business."  I think it's right on - read the whole thing.

SCO really pisses me off.  Now they're asking 6,000 Linux licensees to certify that they in compliance with their Unix agreements.  Piss on 'em from a great height.

Another thing that pisses me off - fake political correctness.  Like this post on GNXP, where razib reports a school banned "the three little pigs" for fear of offending Muslims.  Are you kidding me?  Just because you don't eat pigs doesn't mean you can't read about them.  Wow.

Pete Rose aka Charlie HustleDave Winer thinks Pete Rose should be in the hall.  "Ask the fans, we want to honor the best hitter of all time. For all his moral weakness, there was a reason he was called Charlie Hustle."  I don't think Dave intended this to be a double entendre, but if you ask me there were two reasons he was called that :)

Rob Smith notes the 2003 Darwin Award candidates.  Like this one: "In February, according to police in Windsor, Ontario, Daniel Kolta, 27, and Randy Taylor, 33, died in a head-on collision, thus earning a tie in the game of chicken they were playing with their snowmobiles."  And they get a tie for my favorite, too.

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About Me

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained