Headless iMac = SOHO Server?
Think Secret - EXCLUSIVE: Apple to drop sub-$500 Mac bomb at Expo
Am I the only one thinking home/small office (OK, tiny office) server when reading about Think Secret's rumored $499 headless iMac?
Just thinking out loud....
Think Secret - EXCLUSIVE: Apple to drop sub-$500 Mac bomb at Expo
Texas Tea Pad: I love Austin: "One woman said to me that this is the only city she knows of where a common topic of conversation is how much people love the place."
Centrists.Org -- Iowa's Redistricting Process: An Example of the Right Way to Draw Legislative...: "How The Iowa Process Works: Under chapter 42 of the Iowa Code, enacted in 1980, the Iowa legislature has the final responsibility for enacting both congressional and state legislative district plans. However, the nonpartisan Legislative Services Bureau starts the process. The Bureau must develop up to three plans that can be accepted or rejected by the legislature.
I wonder how common this behavior pattern is that I observe in myself: I really want/need to be doing "important but not urgent" activity A. I'd like to devote my full attention to A for the whole day, but I can't do that until I finish B, which is less important but comes with a deadline. I don't much feel like working on B, and the deadline is not terribly tight, so I end up doing C, which is some activity like reading list e-mail or blogging that is neither important nor urgent, until B becomes acutely urgent. I do almost always meet the deadline for B, but by the time I finish, another B has come along, the cycle starts anew, and I never do get around to A.
TCS: Tech Central Station - Faculty Clubs and Church Pews
Harvard law professor William Stuntz thinks evangelical Reds and university Blues should get together to form a nice shade of purple:
"Humility, love of serious ideas, commitment to helping the poor -- these are things my faculty friends and my church friends ought to be able to get together on. If they ever do, look out: American politics, and maybe American life, will be turned upside down. And all those politicians who can only speak in one color will be out of a job."
MSNBC - Mystery Martian ‘car wash’ helps rover: "A phenomenon akin to a space-borne car wash has boosted the performance of one of the two NASA rovers probing the surface of Mars.
More on the "Death of Environmentalism" from Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger. I haven't read everything yet and am not sure whether and how their paper is related to Adam Werbach's speech cited here.
"Nearly every profession, from public health to business to law, has research studies, conferences and peer-review journals dedicated to evaluating what’s working and what’s not. When public health experts, advocates and scientists meet to discuss HIV/AIDS in Africa, they don’t just discuss the disease’s many mutations. They also debate strategy: how to prevent it, how to cure it, and how to cope with it.
The environmental community has nothing like this. We have no agreed upon criteria for evaluating our success. We have no peer-reviewed journal to share and evaluate our work. And we have no regular conference for advocates to come together to scrutinize and debate strategy. We strongly believe that greater discussion and dialogue within the community is imperative if we are to create a shared vision of what success on global warming and a range of other “environmental” and “non-environmental” problems looks like."
Aliens Cause Global Warming: A lecture by Michael Crichton
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Artificial life' comes step closer: "Researchers at Rockefeller University in the US have made the first tentative steps towards creating a form of artificial life.
THE BROOKLYN RAIL - STREETS: "I think that a radical life is not something that depends on Internet connections or websites or demos or even on politics, like having Green mayors. This may sound dull to people who think that having a really hot website is a revolutionary act. Or that getting a million people to come out and wave symbolic signs at a symbolic march is a political act. If it doesn’t involve alternative economic institution building, it’s not."
The Temporary Autonomous Zone: "T. A. Z.
Global Guerrillas: GLOBAL GUERRILLAS AND TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS ZONES: "Like pirates of the past (particularly those of the 1st century BC and 18th century), global guerrillas operate from geographically dispersed locations."
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal: A Weblog: Jon Chait on the Political Composition of Academia: "But the rise of fashionable left-wing scholarship can be blamed for only a tiny part of the GOP's problem. The studies showing that academics prefer Democrats to Republicans also show that this preference holds in hard sciences as well as social sciences. Are we to believe that higher education has fallen prey to trendy multiculturalist engineering, or that physics departments everywhere suppress conservative quantum theorists?"
Joel Makower: Two Steps Forward: Adam Werbach’s 'Autopsy' on Environmentalism's 'Death'
This is a post I'll probably continue to edit and work on over time. I want to start brainstorming a Universal Data Storage and Retrieval System (UDSRS) that will enable me to structure and process information more effectively. The idea is to accumulate a set of tools that are capable of passing off to each other whatever arbitrary forms of data I might have saved or run across, each one processing a given type of data in a specific way without locking it up into a proprietary data silo where it's not available to other tools for other purposes. At the same time, I want to have one (but not necessarily only one) easy access point for any and all types of data in the system.
Ukraine Photo Gallery
LazyWeb: "Do you have an idea that you think others might be able to solve?
Truth is, I haven't quite figgered out trackback yet. Gimme a break, I've only been blogging for a couple weeks.
Wired News: Sunlight to Fuel Hydrogen Future: "The photovoltaic cell is old news. The latest way to exploit the sun is through tiny materials that can directly convert sunlight into large amounts of hydrogen."
Project Ornithopter: "An aircraft that derives all of its thrust and nearly all of its lift from flapping wings."
Blogs are evil. Really evil. Really, really evil.: Corante > Strange Attractor > : "“Viruses, worms, Trojan horses, Remote Access Trojans, hackers, organized crime, terrorists, and others continue to make the Internet a dangerous place due to fraud, extortion, denials of service, identity theft, espionage, and other crimes. Now, blogging is emerging as a threat to the Internet user community.”"
Saw Kinsey last night. My wife and I agreed that it was oddly short of eros for a flick about a sex researcher. (Not that I'd want our nine-year-old to see it.) Maybe we're just jaded by the past half-century of on-screen prurience.
No offence, but why are all white men so aggressive?
So am I just weird, or are there other people who also come up with incredibly intricate and anal ways of making decisions?