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Saturday,  02/26/11  10:56 AM

the Alamo - San Antonio bound...I am reloading after a couple days home - packing - getting ready to spend a week in San Antonio attending the United States and Canadian Association of Pathologists conference.  This will be a big deal for Aperio - we're announcing some major products - and a big deal for me, as I have spent the last year working on those products :)  I'm looking forward to it, should be great.  But first a quick blogging pass...

Horace Dediu: The Platform as a Promise.  Great discussion and analysis of the nature of platforms and brands.  "I choose to define brand in this context of platforms as the “promise of the platform."  Check it out...  [ thanks to John Gruber for directing me to Horace; Asymco is a new favorite blog; subscribed! ]

liking Angry Birds - the best bird everFrom the Oatmeal: the Likeability of Angry Birds.  Important stuff.  I confess this non-game-player has it loaded on his Pre :)

Did you know?  You can have as much as you want.  "If you want to know what the future will be like, just think of everything you like, and imagine having as much as you want!"  Interesting perspective, and true of course...  but too much ain't enough.  Actually I am [re]reading Atlas Shrugged just now - loving it! - and it imagines a world in which the future is progressively worse, due to government intervention.

Interesting experiment: Solo drivers in Los Angeles will soon be allowed to drive in carpool lanes for a fee.  I suspect road rage might truncate this experiment; we'll see.  Charging everyone to ride in a lane is one thing, but allowing some to flaunt their privilege might not fly.

the Sagrada Familia catherdral in BarcelonaTim Bray with a photo tour of the Sagrada Familia, a massive new cathedral in Barcelona.  Wow, looks amazing.  I love that we are still creating these huge monuments to architecture.  Perhaps the best possible case to be made for organized religion.

WSJ: Facebook, Groupon, Zynga: Off-The-Chart Revenue.  It's not *just* about eyeballs :)

This might explain why raises $48M.  I'm with Dave Winer: "what could a startup do with $48M?"  Cultivate bad habits :)

Sebastian Langeveld wins Omloop Het NiewsbladSome great cycling news; my favorite team Rabobank is off to a great start, and Sebastian Langeveld wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the first big classic of the year.  Excellent.

And meanwhile Levi Leipheimer is confident he can win a fourth Tour of California.  Me, too.  And he has the course this year to do it, with that mountaintop finish on Mount Baldy.  Can't wait.

Well see you in a bit; I'm off to sunny San Antonio... and just in time 'cause I see we're expecting Record Low Temps, Snow, in Southern California...  Brrr!

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Try, or Try Not
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IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
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The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
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The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained