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Stumbling Upon StumbleUpon.com

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

There’s a site out there called StumbleUpon.com.

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Measuring Earthquakes – Web 2.0 Style!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Los Angeles had a 5.4 magnitude earthquake yesterday.

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House Update: New Video!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Exciting news:

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iPhone – the $200 Flashlight

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

How’s this for a lede in a Forbes article:

The geeks are at the gates, and they’ve brought their virtual light sabers. When it comes to nerdery, the legions who camped outside Apple’s stores last month to buy the iPhone have nothing on the developers Apple let loose to write software for it. At least three applications turn the $199 iPhone 3g into a flashlight. Another, World 9, lets out a vintage Nintendo bleep every time you bump the phone. In less than 15 minutes you can load up the iPhone with enough junk to make esthete Steve Jobs lose his vegan lunch of brown rice and broccoli.

The article goes on to describe several other App Store choices.

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Science vs. Religion

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Two news articles in the past week:

Columnist Robert Novak has Brain Tumor
[Columnist Robert] Novak Cited for Hitting Pedestrian



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ISBS Review: South Pacific on Broadway

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

As an anniversary gift, my in-laws bought us tickets to see the latest revival of South Pacific, currently playing at the Lincoln Square Theater in New York.

For those who don’t know (I didn’t until tonight), South Pacific was written in 1949 by the legendary team of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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When is a Recession not a Recession?

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

This from last week’s Wall Street Journal:

Federal Reserve officials marked up their outlook for inflation and economic growth in their latest projections. But their estimates suggest little expectation that underlying inflation trends will deteriorate significantly through 2010.

At the June policy meeting, officials projected that the rate of economic growth by the end of the year would be between 1% and 1.6%, up from 0.3% to 1.2% in their April estimates. The 2009 outlook was unchanged, with officials expecting growth between 2% and 2.8%.

Fed officials marked up their inflation projections for this year, measured by the price index for personal consumption expenditures, to between 3.8% and 4.2%, up from the 3.1% to 3.4% seen in April. The outlook for inflation next year was 2% to 2.3%, up only slightly from the 1.9% to 2.3% from the April meeting.

Expectations for the unemployment rate, now 5.5%, was unchanged at 5.5% to 5.7%.


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Fighting for Victory in Iraq

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

They told me that when the election came around, the central issue would be achieving victory in Iraq . . . and they were right!

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Another step toward iPod gold…

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I’ve been saying for many years now that the killer app on the iPod has not yet been written.

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Pictures from Billy Joel’s Shea Stadium Concert

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

I’ve posted a series of pictures that I took during Billy Joel’s “Last Play at Shea” on July 16, 2008. Click the picture to the left to see them (or check out my “Featured Photos” in the left-hand margin!)

Also, for those who haven’t heard yet, the guest stars in the second show (July 18, 2008 – the true“Last Play at Shea” were somewhat different than the show I saw. Tony Bennett reprised his appearance, but John Mayer, Don Henley and John Mellencamp were replaced by Steven Tyler (“Walk This Way”), Roger Daltry (“My Generation”) and the Sir Paul McCartney (“I Saw Her Standing There” and “Let it Be”).

From what I’ve read, the Who song was punctuated by Billy Joel smashing a guitar on stage – a nice throwback to that signature move by The Who. But it was the McCartney appearance that really tells a story: The Beatles were the first rock show to perform at Shea Stadium, and in doing so, they changed the face of American Rock & Roll forever. It was more than fitting that Sir Paul came out to sing in this, the stadium’s last rock show. Even more fitting was the way in which Billy Joel gave up his stage (and his piano) after the vaulted Piano Man, and allowed Sir Paul to close out the stadium with the classic Let It Be.

Billy Joel has always had a lot of class. That finale not only showed his class, but also his deep respect for the history of that great institution that is Rock & Roll.

Bravo, Billy! Bravo, Sir Paul!

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