Whew - couple of super busy days of work. Finally this afternoon I escaped (!) and had a nice ride, my "usual" Kessel run from Dana Point to Camp Pendleton and back (for the record, posted a new best time of 1:56 for a new best average of 20.4mph, despite being worn out). Now I have to sleep, and tomorrow afternoon I'm driving up to Lake Huntington in the Sierra's to sail in a regatta with Megan!
James Surowiecki notes Change we can't believe in, an interesting look at currency as a commodity. Apparently in Brazil at the moment change is at a premium, literally; people are actively optimizing for not using coins.
My pet peeve of the day: websites which open fixed-sized windows. What! This is 2009 people, we don't do fixed-size windows. Either your web design works in all kinds of different windows - everything from smartphones to huge wide-screen monitors - or your web design is outdated...
Of possible interest: Software Engineering ≠ Computer Science. This is absolutely true. I remember telling a junior colleague once that writing compilers was the easiest possible programming task, because the inputs and outputs were perfectly defined, and there were relatively few human factors and no GUI. He looked at me in astonishment :)
So, have you tried Hunch yet? It supposedly makes decisions for you, but in my admittedly non-rigorous experiments it either couldn't help me or made the obvious choice. I think it is a dancing bear.
ZooBorn of the day: a baby Pangolin. (and yes, it is a mammal :)