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Thursday,  01/10/08  10:48 PM

Ronald Baily: Why we should care what candidates think about biological evolution.  "I don't need them to describe their faith; that's their business and not mine.  But I do care about their scientific knowledge and how it will inform their leadership."  Not only their knowledge, but their ability to reason.  Would I vote for a candidate who didn't "believe in evolution"?  No.  [ via Panda's Thumb ]

Yesterday I posted about the sheep of Saint-Affrique, including the Millau Viaduct.  So I Googled for "Millau", and got a hit on this site, from December of 2004!  Sometimes the small world is even smaller than you thought!

iPhone makes historyWired: The Untold Story: How the iPhone blew up the Wireless industry.  "The demo was not going well.  Again.  It was a late morning in the fall of 2006...  It was clear that the prototype was still a disaster.  It wasn't just buggy, it flat-out didn't work. The phone dropped calls constantly, the battery stopped charging before it was full, data and applications routinely became corrupted and unusable...  At the end of the demo, Jobs fixed the dozen or so people in the room with a level stare and said, 'We don't have a product yet.'"  The rest is [or will be] history...

Jason Kottke comments: "I wish this story had more direct quotes and explicit's hard to read it and not take the whole thing with a huge grain of salt."  Yeah, but it feels true :)

Zeldman: Everything that can be iPhonelike, will be...  "It’s inevitable.  The iPhone is too great a leap forward in interface design to be confined to, well, the iPhone."  I predict this will seem prescient after Macworld.  Stay tuned :)

Well, if you read Scott Rosenberg's excellent Dreaming in Code you knew this was coming: CNet reports Mitch Kapor bails on the Chandler Project.  "Kapor--the designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the founding chairman of the Mozilla Foundation, and the chairman of Linden Labs--certainly can find other things to do.  OSAF wasn't a bad idea, and Chandler wasn't either.  But neither was managed particularly well."  So be it.

Uncov is merciless: Wikia Search: Weapons Grade Fail.  "Here's the story: Wikia has set up Nutch, a mediocre open source search engine, and laid a wiki on top of it. You can write a mini wiki page for your search result if you don't like what Nutch comes up with. This is even more craptacular than Mahalo."  Fire on 'em!

OMG!  Halley Suitt is back!!  Yay!

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