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Business Insider: “…when the United States catches cold, China gets pneumonia…”

13,000 year old caveman tools found in Boulder, CO

13,000-Year-Old Stone Tool Cache in Colorado Shows Evidence of Camel, Horse Butchering

Visual bookmorph

The front page of BookMorph isn’t that much to look at, but it links to “visual bookmorph” pages that are a small experiment, the covers of the top 100 books Amazon has in different categories. I need to get around to some interactive visual sorting – I had a proof of concept a couple of [...]

Bummer for Tivo

Cisco Agrees to Buy Scientific-Atlanta for $6.9 Billion in Cash This can’t be good for Tivo, to compete with Cisco…

A disappearing page on FEMA chief Brown

The story in Time Magazine on Brown links to his page on, which, strangely, is apparently no longer there. Not even The Wayback Machine can find it – but luckily, if you use Google to search for that URL you can then view an older copy of the page in the Google cache. In [...]

Drug Addicts going crazy in New Orleans

From Mayor to feds: ‘Get off your asses’ Transcript of radio interview with New Orleans’ Nagin, the transcript of when New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin went on the radio to ask for more help, what I found interesting and not covered elsewhere was a comment about the drug addicts going crazy. My comments are in [...]


Honda to discontinue the NSX and develop a V10 engine for the next gen one. 18,000 cars sold in 15 years, with the first year, 91, being the peak (stats here thru ’98). I remember on the mailing list owners always complained and said they wanted a bigger engine. Oh yes, I miss my baby: [...]

First Freakonomics then Pokernomics Steve Levitt, the author of the cool book Freakonomics , will analyze play in online poker. See also his blog post announcing pokernomics.

Car seats for kids are not proven to help

In More evidence on car seats vs. seat belts, S. Levitt (author of Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything) mentions his new paper Evidence that Child Safety Seats are No More Effective than Seat Belts in Reducing Fatalities for Children aged Two and Up*, in which the title seems to [...]

Great Commencement address by Steve Jobs at Stanford

I liked this quote: Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards And this Zen-like wording: I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced [...]

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