- A useful post from CodingHorror.com on interface friction
- Al Gore, like Ann Coulter, seems to be a mac person
- A blog for women! And one of the editors might be someone I went to high school with.
- Kuler! The Adobe web color harmony tool – via this site
- Co-Mapping (mind mapping software) looks cool
- Properly bashing ethanol
- HiddenUnities and PurposeSlog have posts on the Wire and 24. I helpfully added the Shield in the comments. All excellent programs, though 24 is basically a commercial for the cell phone industry, not torture.
Popular Mechanics has an interesting article on Wind Power on their site. Sadly, it makes it seem unworkable on any kind of large scale. It would be quite handy on a small to medium scale though.
ThinkCycle.org – an open source community for machines.
Some ideas never go away; to wit, in what way does the statement, said by many “we need a Manhattan project for energy independence differ from Soviet industrial policy? It’s quite different from the original Manhattan project in that it’s quite wide in scope and chases an ill defined goal, whereas the original Manhattan project was quite specific in both method and destination.
I was taking an advanced economic history class during the Republican “Revolution” of 94. Someone asked the professor if there was any historical precedent for radical change following a big party switch in Congress alone. He cited many near examples I don’t remember but then said “We’ll know if they’re serious about cutting spending if they get rid of farm subsidies.”. It’s now more than twelve years later and farm subsidies are going strong.
I was reading this interview with George Schulz and he, talking about oil dependence, had the line
I won’t believe we’re serious about it until we’re willing to remove the tariff on import of ethanol. And take quotas off sugar and a few things like that.
which is a fine benchmark to tell if anyone really cares about oil dependence. Support for nuclear power is a good one too.
For some technical background; American ethanol production is one of the least efficient efforts in the world, largely because we make it from corn (which we have a lot of) which is a poor source material. Sugar (of which we grow very little) is a far better source material. The American climate is not well suited to grow sugar, but it is well suited to grow corn. Both the corn and sugar lobbies are well organized and powerful and benefit greatly from subsidies and tariffs.