Sorry for the gap; Friday night I was busy eating, getting ready for the ride yesterday, and last night I was busy eating, recovering from the ride. Or something...
Anyway here's what's happening, and yes I am feeling feisty today:
The Economist presents bad news from California. Check out the chart at right. Now this is actually mislabeled; it is presented as differential birth rates among unmarried women of different races, but really it reflects differential birth rates between unmarried women of different economic classes (nobody has shown that unmarried birth rates between, say, inner-city blacks and whites are that different). We can all agree this is bad (for the women and their kids, and for our society), so what can be done?
Is the Al Gore solution realistic? I don't think so. Although having voted for him eight years ago, I would consider doing so again; certainly over Clinton or Obama. He would give the Democrats a credible candidate. I thought Obama was a credible candidate, but this Wright / church thing has him fatally wounded. Not because of what he did or didn't do, but because of what he hasn't said since.
Good for Google: they're hosting Fitna. "What Google does now will be an interesting test for a company that claims 'do no evil' as its company mantra. The video is hosted in the US, and we presume with part or full support of the creators of the film negating any copyright considerations, so ultimately it will be up to Google to decide between free speech and global jihad." This cat is out of the bad, and it is not going back in.
This is excellent: Telling Stories on Maps. Interesting how iconic the Google Maps look has become, in such a short time...
Jeff Atwood: I�Unicode. A great rant about Unicode, UTF-8, and the problems of developing software in a world with more than 128 text characters. Brings to mind Joel Spolsky's classic: The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!).