George Packer, in Mother Jones: the Revolution will not be Blogged. "To see beyond their own little world and get a sense of what's really going on, journalists and readers need to get out of their pajamas." This is the argument that we're all in a little echo chamber, writing for each other, ignoring the bigger world outside. Which is ignoring us. Wishful thinking on the part of a Luddite, methinks. But read it and form your own opinion...
I really like this post from Halley: Come Away From the Window. I can so see that little girl. Or is it a little boy?
Joz has more on that missing Stradivarius cello. "A grainy surveillance camera videotape from a neighbor's home showed a man lugging the 4 1/2-foot-tall silver-colored cello case in one hand as he tries to ride away on the bicycle. A few moments later, there is the sound of a crash as he apparently runs into some trash cans on the sidewalk." Ouch.
Apple is sponsoring a competition for bioinformatics projects, and they're giving five bioinformatics workgroup clusters away as awards. This is really cool. I'm going to apply on behalf of Aperio; these systems would be perfect for running pattern recognition algorithms on large virtual slides.
Dare Obasanjo has Some Advice for the Bloggers @ Google. I agree with all of them, especially #4: "Provide an RSS feed. I understand that Evan and the rest of Blogger have had their beefs with Dave Winer but this is getting ridiculous. If an evil Microsoft employee can turn the other cheek and rise above holding grudges, I don't see why Google employees whose company motto is 'Do No Evil' can't do the same." Amen. [ via Robert Scoble ]
This could be really important: the Internet archive has announced FreeCache, a free HTML caching service. "FreeCache works by moving content 'hot spots' on the web closer to users. This provides several advantages to various parties involved: Users get faster downloads, content providers pay less for Internet-bound traffic, and ISPs pay less for Internet-originating traffic." This is so simple it is going to work. Say you have a page and suddenly everyone wants to download it. You build a URL like this: http://freecache.org/<your_original_URL>. The freecache servers get the page from your site, cache it, and serve it to users. You don't have to do anything else.
Tim Bray has some awesome pictures of Mount Fuji. (be sure to scroll down.) "Sometimes you just get lucky." Yeah, right. There's a lot more than luck going on here...