A pet peeve: why does the whole world think it is important to give sports scores? Airline pilots, lecturing scientists, radio disc jockeys, and even - yes, in fact especially - bloggers all feel the urge to pass along live scores. I can't even look in my RSS reader if I'm going to watch a game later, because bloggers who aren't even interested in sports are going to indulge this urge, putting the score in a subject line as if they're breaking a major scoop. Look, if I want the score, I'll find it; I have an internet-connected cell phone. ESPN or Yahoo will give it to me along with as much other information as I want. I do not need or want YOU to give me the score, in fact, if you could kindly keep it to yourself so those of us with Tivos can enjoy the game later, that would be great. Okay.
Did you see it? Tonight there was a total eclipse of the moon, visible in North America (around 6:15 PST). I saw it, and man, was it spooky. Looked like the moon was a blimp, it seemed so close, and so large! You could really see the Earth's "shadow" move across the lunar surface. The first full moon in October is called "the blood moon". Whew.
I'll be the 10,000th blogger to link Scientists Find Ancient Hobbit-Sized People. "Although the odd little humans likely left no descendants, and therefore no mark on modern human biology, the scientists say this is the first documentation of the entirely new species of hominids that apparently adapted and lived for thousands of years in caves on the isolated island." Are we sure they're gone? Maybe they're just living in The Shire .
Fortune: How Do You Think the Brain Works? "Jeff Hawkins brought the world the PalmPilot and the Treo. Now comes his boldest invention yet: a far-reaching theory of how intelligence actually works." Very interesting, check it out. Jeff has written a book called On Intelligence (of course it is available as an e-book for the Palm :). The basic idea is that the brain is constantly modeling the near future, so that it has pre-computed reactions to a variety of expected situations. Fascinating.
AlwaysOn wonders Is Healthcare IT Finally Gaining Momentum? "Increasingly, hospitals are turning to technology to drive cost savings and improve efficiencies throughout their organizations. In fact, IDC recently stated that spending on healthcare IT is likely to increase from $15.1 billion to $17.3 billion by 2007—IT spending that is finally on par with other large industries." Interesting. The "electronic medical record" has been talked about for so long it is almost a mythical legend, but it may finally become real. Of course EMR data must include Pathology images, so instruments to digitize microscope slides are essential :)
Google bought Keyhole, the earth-image database people. What's the synergy? John Battelle suggests it is because they're both in the "holy crap that's a lot of data" business. "Hanke showed an application, which he called geoblogging, which allows folks to fly around Keyhole's data and annotate various things they see." I wonder if anyone has annotated my house yet :)
Lawrence Lessig on the Alternative Compensation System. Essentially, how do we compensate content producers in a world where content duplication and distribution are "free". Great analysis.
Finally, Conrad at The Gweilo Diaries ponders The Wheels of Justice. Another great blog you should read daily. Especially on Friday :)