As noted,yesterday was *not* a good day... My weekend started out great, with a nice road trip to Bear Valley, a successful Death Ride, and a nice road trip home, but then ended crummy, with Lance crashing and cracking, then Holland loses, and then I spent the afternoon working on expense reports. Blech. I ended up maximally frustrated and cranky. And today began another long work week as I have multiple meetings in Vista... (As noted previously, I seem get more work done at home than at work :/ ) Well, so be it; when the going gets tough, the tough get blogging!
James Surowiecki pounds the nail through the wood on this one: Greater Fools. "Financial illiteracy isn’t new, but the consequences have become more severe, because people now have to take so much responsibility for their financial lives. The difference between knowing a little about your finances and knowing nothing can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime. And, as the past ten years have shown us, the cost to society can be far greater than that."
I love this: Jeff Bezos 2010 commencement speech at Princeton: "We are what we choose". Very thought provoking. And more than a little scary...
Powerline: The World is Full of Bad Jokes, "But the worst joke of all is the United Nations." Sadly it isn't even funny...
Scott "Dilbert" Adams commenting on the iPad: The Amazingness of Instant. I'm not sure I think the iPad is so amazing, but I am sure his point is well taken: "instant" is a compelling value that makes things qualitatively different.
So here's something interesting: Google have announced App Inventor, a tool to enable "anyone" to create Android Apps. Interesting! John Gruber wonders "so has Google beaten Apple in the race for a Hypercard for mobile", while Jason Kincaid takes App Inventor for a spin ("while I’m very excited about it, this is not going to be a walk in the park for 'ordinary people'. ").
Excellent: Full immersion in the Cyberworld is coming; "People will separate themselves from the physical world and adopt lives of virtualization." I absolutely believe this. In fact, it may have already happened :) BTW am reading William Gibson's All Tomorrow's Parties, in which this is foretold...
This is truly horrible: Pathology "code injection". Don't say I didn't warn you :)