Today was a good day. For many reasons. Some of which I can tell you about, some not. Yet. But please stay tuned.
One of the ones I can tell you about; my daughter Alexis made the Headmaster's List - with a 4.0 GPA - in her first term at middle school. Yay, Alex! The triumph of hard work over bad genes :)
Citizen Smash posted a great tribute on the Marine Corp's 229th birthday.
IFILM is screening Theo van Gogh's Submission. Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was assassinated November 2, 2004, by a 26-year-old extremist Muslim of Dutch-Moroccan descent. The current theory is that he was taken down for his critical look at the treatment of Muslim women. [ via LGF ]
With the pending launch of Microsoft's search service, many analysts are wondering what this means for Google. John Battelle pleads Can we please bury the Netscape metaphor? "Let's get one thing straight, for once and for all: Google ain't no Netscape. As many have pointed out, it's looking more and more like the next Microsoft, in terms of business model, talent, and riches." I agree.
Cory Doctorow: How a ballot-receipt should look. Taken from Wired magazine's "objects found from the future". In a previous life I built transaction systems for banks, including ATM networks. Paper receipts are indeed a great thing. However in order for them to be useful, they have to balance against a transaction database.
Patrick considers personalized ad insertion; another interesting business model for video content. With the advent of Tivo, I've definitely noticed an increasing amount of non-personalized ad insertion...
The other day I asked "I'm just wondering - are there any commercials on television which don't use special effects?" Well through the magic of referer logs I found a post by Bruce on The Galactic Patrol in which he answered: "My mind immediately popped back to one of the best TV advertisments I've ever seen - Honda's 'Cog' ad. That thing is incredible, and has no special effects." He's right, that ad was incredible. And notable especially for the fact that it did not use special effects.