Tuesday morning I was up early (0500), just leaving my house for my office in San Diego, and BAM. What was that? An earthquake? An explosion of some sort, surely. What the heck? Turns out it was only the space shuttle landing at Edwards Air Force base. Whew.
Slate: The White Stuff. How "vanilla" became synonymous with "bland". Personally I love it. (Oh, and hey, did you know most chocolate contains vanilla?)
Panda's Thumb considers the genetics of Harry Potter. "This suggests that wizarding ability is inherited in a mendelian fashion, with the wizard allele (W) being recessive to the muggle allele (M). According to this hypothesis, all wizards and witches therefore have two copies of the wizard allele (WW). Harry’s friends Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom and his arch-enemy Draco Malfoy are ‘pure-blood’ wizards: WW with WW ancestors for generations back. Harry’s friend Hermione is a powerful muggle-born witch (WW with WM parents). Their classmate Seamus is a half-blood wizard, the son of a witch and a muggle (WW with one WW and one WM parent). Harry (WW with WW parents) is not considered a pure-blood, as his mother was muggle-born." I love it!
KMaps - Google maps on your Treo. My goodness! [ via Gary Lang ]
Well we knew this was coming: Engadget reports on Tivo's download service. They have lots of pictures, click through to see 'em... It looks very Tivo-uler.
Apple News reports on the technology used to edit the TV coverage of the Tour de France. I've been watching OLN's back-episodes of the 2005 tour - I was on vacation during the tour itself - and man is that cool. Not only the event, which is awesome, but the coverage. It's hard to imagine any sporting event which is harder to cover, but between motorcycles and helicopters they did a fantastic job. I can imagine how hard it was to edit all those streams together, too...
Finally, here we have the geekiest comic strip: Everybody Loves Eric Raymond. In which, improbably, Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, and Eric Raymond share an apartment... Unbelievable. If you think this is funny, you might be a geek. I think this is WAY funny :)