- Apparently Bellefonte #1, a never-finished nuclear plant in northern Alabama, may be rising from the dead. I’ve seen it often while driving the road between Huntsville and Atlanta; hard to imagine that TVA will make worthwhile out of this zombie. (The Union of Concerned Scientists doesn’t think much of their proposal.)
- As many of my friends in Redmond are discovering today, it doesn’t matter how much redundancy you have inside your buildings if you have single points of failure outside the building.
- I love summer, not least because it brings tons of books by my favorite authors. On tap: new books from Clancy, Silva, and a bunch of others that I’m too lazy to look up at the moment. Bonus: it’s also time for the latest Year’s Best Science Fiction.
- Do you know the story behind the Polaroid SX-70 instant camera? My dad had one of these and it was an amazing piece of equipment. Check it out.
- Lots of people are just now catching on to what Microsoft has been pushing for a while: the death of the phone number. You don’t have to know Amazon’s IP address to use their service; why should you have to know my phone number to call me?
- If you are at all interested in the mobile device market, you should be reading this. His free analysis is so good I can only imagine what his paid stuff is like.
- “In a newly published study, three University of Oklahoma researchers report there is a higher rate of accidental deaths among whites (but not nonwhites) in the American South and West — regions where a “culture of honor” makes backing down from a challenge problematic for many males.” Well, duh. I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that none of those three researchers is actually from the American South or West or they’d’ve known this already.