Check out this project to map the night sky. This guy as an interesting story, and his end result is pretty cool. If you have a few minutes to goof off – spend some time traveling through space in the interactive 360 degree sky map.
This guy has some interesting points.
A couple thoughts – the VFS Investment Contest can be used to see if you are an above average stock ticker – though don’t get too confident till you beat the market for a few years anyway. Also, my current thought on how you beat the competition he discusses: stay away from owning big cap stocks – the bigger the stocks market cap, the more crooks are attracted to game the stock. By sticking with small market stocks (under 10 billion in market cap) – hopefully you can fly under the radar of alot of the crooks. Just a thought.
I remarked to a friend the a few weeks ago that I thought it would be interesting to write a program that reads a sports box score and compose a news story. It would be an interesting programming exercise – however it turns out that I am too late. Narrative Sciences has already been formed to auto generate news stories from data. I have noticed that many financial news releases appear to be purely data driven – i think more robotic stories are on the way. The quality of the current stories is pretty poor – but I would think in a few years it could probably rival traditional sports summary stories.
The net effect of these auto generated stories in the near term will likely just be to flood the search engines with more garbage content.
I was watching the Valero Texas Open this week, and saw something I had never seen – a PGA player shooting a 16 on a hole. Kevin Na got into trouble in the trees – and it was interesting to watch as it answered a golf rule question I had wondered about. When you are in the trees, as I am often when I golf, once you hit a shot, you cannot go back to the tee. It there is no room to play behind you (away from the pin), then your only choice is to take unplayables (2 club lengths) or just whack away at it.
The other interesting thing was I had never seen a golfer lose track of the number of strokes he has taken – if you watch the video near the end its an interesting conversation between the golfer and the caddie.
Interesting article regarding how Egypt dealt with a large military that served no purpose once peace broke out.
Perhaps a model for the American military since its not likely the military budget will be significantly cut in the near future? Perhaps that would be the final victory for America’s military industrial complex, but maybe one of the last remaining options if we dont cut military spending.
Speaking of the military budget – if more people were aware of this chart, wouldn’t you think there would be more political pressure to cut military spending?
I hate to belabor the issues facing Microsoft – but this is a pivotal time in the company’s history. This article does a great job discussing the strategic problem faced by Microsoft – they can’t financially design a way from a Windows strategy.
Probably the most amusing page I visited this week. Dont feel bad if you dont get the Yahoo ad – this is only amusing to web geeks.
So i was interested to see the United Nations authorize a use for force against Libya with the US appearing to be in the background. Once it passed, I assumed since the european nations were pushing for it they would take the lead on this one. Then the next thing I hear is the Americans are doing the bulk of the bombing and taking the heat. So it got me thinking , how was this process supposed to work as per the UN Charter?
Take a look at wikipedia’s entry on the Libyan use of force resolution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_1973. Note under the key points of this resolution is listed “establishes a panel of experts to monitor and promote sanctions implementation.” It also states this resolution was adopted “under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter “. If you look at Chapter VII, it is pretty vague about all this stuff. You would think after 66 years this process would of been defined. Instead, the process appears to be this panel of experts gets together and determine who can spare what to help in the cause. So how did America come to get such a big role when probably any other country or group of countries have the firepower to handle Libya?
I find it hard to believe that a president so opposed to force in Iraq would authorize such a big role against Libya. So I came up with these possibilities:
1. President Obama is corrupted by power, and has abandoned his vision of what America’s role in the world should be.
2. President Obama does not have the power to stop the military industrial complex that funds and controls the government.
3. President Obama has a valid reason for taking control of the operation, and has yet to communicate it or has not communicated it effectively.
I hope its the third reason. Anybody else has any other possibilities?
The start of the ‘Post PC’ era for big business is coming – and Microsoft has decided to adapt? My prediction: Microsoft focuses on Enterprise software – Look for Ballmer in the next 6 months to a year to spend his pile of cash on some Large Enterprise software corporation. Maybe Adobe? F5 Networks? He will spend it on something as his last big gamble.
So rumor has it the Zune is to be discontinued, likely merged with the windows phone.
Assuming the Zune will just merge into the Windows phone, that gives Microsoft a conundrum as to what to name such a new machine. What name would market better – ‘Windows Phone’ – which conjures up an image of a phone with bloated software, or the Zune Phone, images of a failed platform that couldnt compete with the iPod.
Side note – I am a very satisified owner of a Zune – The software is great for managing podcasts – probably the easiest Microsoft software to use. Sad to see its demise.