I was a little down today. Not sure why. A rough way to celebrate the first day of Spring... (yay?) And yet, it was a beautiful day, nothing bad happened... weird. Anyway you don't care about that, you care about this:
So interestingly for many the initial flavor of Obama's speech about race and Jeremiah Wright was positive, and this would include me, but the aftertaste is a bit, well, bitter. Maybe, as Powerline notes, it was the part about his ["typical white"] grandmother. Mickey Kaus thinks it was a disaster for him, at least in terms of reaching the voters he needs to reach. I'm conflicted, and I'm one of those voters...
Paging Al Gore... NPR reports on The Mystery of Global Warming's Missing Heat. "Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather." I don't know about a breather, what it means is that we don't get it; the air is getting warmer, but the oceans - apparently - are not!
Instapundit links a post by Ted Bronson about Ted Nugent on gun control. There's a link to his website; you will get the kick ass riffs introducing Stranglehold. Man, that still sounds good, after what, thirty years? A song I will always know from the first note.
Thinking about it being the first day of Spring, I clicked my "five years ago" link to see what was happening... I took a bike ride, and worried about the Iraq invasion, then two days old. Wow, five years.
Jason Kottke has some excellent excerpts from the International Time Traveler's forum. "Take it easy on the kid, SilverFox316; everybody kills Hitler on their first trip. I did. It always gets fixed within a few minutes, what's the harm?" Now that is great.
Theocacao: Writing Modern Copy for Product Pages. "By saying specifically what your app is, you don't waste time, energy, and bandwidth on customers that aren't really customers. I'm not saying sell yourself short, just that you should focus on the people that are actually likely to enjoy what you've made." Makes sense to me.
I was going to note Wired's incredibly bad cover story on Apple: How Apple got Everything Right by Doing Everything Wrong, but John Gruber beat me to the punch: How Leander Kahney Got Everything Wrong by Being an Irredeemable Jackass. Sometimes you read an article and you think "this is not even wrong", but this is not even not even wrong, it is just plain wrong. This is a classic example of a reporter who thinks of the angle first, then writes a story around it. Never mind the facts, or logic. But I agree with John; Wired used to be better than this...