According to geekinformed.com, by 2050 you will be able to download your brain. "Dr. Pearson thinks that today's younger generation will benefit from the advances in technology to the point that death will be effectively eliminated." Very reassuring, I might still be alive in 2050. This was the excellently executed premise behind Altered Carbon, the terrific sci-fi novel by Richard Morgan. [ via Slashdot ]
Allen Orr gives a terrific overview of "Intelligent Design", the latest in the long line of Creationist attempts at pseudo-science. "The movement’s main positive claim is that there are things in the world, most notably life, that cannot be accounted for by known natural causes and show features that, in any other context, we would attribute to intelligence." Perfect. So it you can't explain something, you give up and postulate magic. [ via Panda's Thumb ]
Chris Anderson wonders is the Long Tail full of crap? Quick answer: Yes. Slower answer: Yes, but, it is also full of stuff which is every bit as good as the popular stuff at the head. Mass appeal does not equal "quality". Consider Aston Martins, they are definitely targeting a niche, but they are definitely not crap. Great point.
Slate on the Search for 100 Million Missing Women. "While Oster found, for instance, that Hepatitis B can account for roughly 75 percent of the missing women in China, it can account for less than 20 percent of the boy-girl gap in Sen's native India." This pretty much defies synopsis, please read it when you can. Fascinating.
YAUFGM - yet another use for Google maps: find the cheapest gas. Wow, is that ever a market leveler! [ via blogging.la ] Pretty soon those little cell phone apps which read UPC codes to do price checks in stores will have maps to show you were to go for a lower price :)
So, I am officially a non-participant in the great podcasting hype-a-thon of 2005. I think blogging is the greatest thing since sliced bread, or maybe since Gutenberg, but podcasting is always going to have a narrower audience. It just isn't possible to "fast forward" through audio to skim it, and that's the beauty of blogs. I don't have the time to listen to anyone - no matter how interesting - for extended periods of time. What about you?
Jeff Atwood is blogging about blogging: