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week of 6/7, redux

Saturday,  06/12/10  07:25 PM

Bongard Problem #7Today was the greatest day imaginable; I did *nothing*.  You cannot know how long it has been since I have done that on a Saturday; between business travel and cycle racing and everything my weekends have been lost.  Today sanity reined.  It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed it :)

And in the meantime, it *was* rather an interesting week...

Steven Den Beste: What a difference a year makes.  Indeed.  The bloom is entirely off the rose, including Another stumble in the Gulf.  Obama's lack of experience is exposed nearly every day.

SpaceX Falcon 9 achieves orbitOn June 4 as reported: Space X achieves orbit with the Falcon 9, on their first flight...  press release with a bunch of pictures.  Congratulations to them, what a fantastic accomplishment.

Michael Lewis' latest, The Big Short, is now out on Kindle...  got it!  Will have to wait until I finish The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, though; I cannot put that down...

I must tell you, today I had occasion to watch the World Cup outside in the backyard on my iPad (via Tivo, via Slingbox, via Sling Player), and the screen was pretty marginal.  Meanwhile I read my Kindle and it was brilliant in the sunshine.

Apple's WWDC 2010 - and the iPhone 4 is announcedAnd so we had Apple's WWDC, and so Steve Jobs gave the keynote and to noone's surprise announced the iPhone 4.  So be it.  Yawn.  I must tell you neither the announcement nor the content announced stirred my interest.

Although as John Gruber notes, it has been quite a year for Apple...

Wine 101: what is decanting?News you can use: Wine 101, what is decanting...

The Adams Complexity Threshold is the point at which something is so complicated it no longer works.  A useful concept.  Keeping things simple is hard.

Meanwhile Gold hits $1,250 an ounce, wow.  At least for some people it is an uncertain world...

The Oatmeal on customer support: would be funnier if it weren't 100% true.

South Africa's stunning green stadia...Getting ready for World Cup 2010: South Africa's Stunning Green Stadia...

I *try* to love soccer (ahem, football), really I do, but then I watch a match like England / U.S. and wonder what the fuss is all about. England scored easily and convincingly 4 min in, the U.S. got super lucky 40 min later, and that's it? 1-1? I'll keep trying...

Abby Sunderland sails around the worldAnd so everyone is asking me, "would I have allowed my daughter to go sailing alone around the world like Abby Sunderland."  Yes.  A conditional yes, based on maturity and experience and preparation, but, yes.

BTW she was found and will be okay.

Zooborn: sea lion pupZooBorn of the week: a sea lion pup...

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