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Monday,  03/10/08  09:07 PM

Just another day in paradise; here in Southern California, Spring has officially sprung.  I went for a ride this afternoon in short sleeves, must have been 75, bright and sunny.  The flowers are blowing out of the ground everywhere.  I love it.

record snow in OhioI'm not really trying to gloat, but I know it is not so everywhere...

Meanwhile, the Ole filter makes a pass...

So have you been following the whole Democratic delegates from Florida story?  (What is it with Florida, anyway?)  This is amazing; apparently the state went ahead and had a primary too early in the year, so they were stripped of all their delegates.  Since Hillary Clinton "won" Florida, and since it is going down to the wire between her and Barack Obama, this really matters.  Michigan is apparently in the same boat.  I'm tempted to comment, why vote for a Democrat when they can't even select their candidates properly, but I won't.

big 30" monitorWSJ: Bigger monitors = more productivity.  "Researchers at the University of Utah tested how quickly people performed tasks like editing a document and copying numbers between spreadsheets while using different computer configurations: one with an 18-inch monitor, one with a 24-inch monitor and with two 20-inch monitors. Their finding: People using the 24-inch screen completed the tasks 52% faster than people who used the 18-inch monitor; people who used the two 20-inch monitors were 44% faster than those with the 18-inch ones."  This applies equally to digital pathology and software development; in my experience bigger better monitors are a cheap way to help people be more productive...

planet alignment: Mercury, Venus, MoonPicture of the day: this rather astonishing view of Mercury, Venus, and the Moon, all appearing alongside a radio telescope array.  Fantastic.  (Please click to enlarge.)  "This picturesque conjunction was caught on camera behind elements of the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) near the town of Narrabri in rural New South Wales. The ATCA consists of six radio telescopes in total, each one larger than a house."  Beautiful technology, in both senses.

 

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