SF Gate: Protesters and activists are being detained and delayed at U.S. airports based on a new federal "no fly list" that attempts to stop possible terrorists from getting onboard planes. This is scary stuff. Someone needs to decide on a test as to what defines a potential terrorist and what defines a peace activist.
This is an amazing illusion! I had to put the image in Photoshop just to make sure that they were telling the truth. The squares marked A and B are really the same color.
NYTimes: Welcome to a new type of post-9/11 (non-)law enforcement: High-Altitude Rambos.
"One of the marshals pulled a gun and brandished it at the passengers. The marshals loudly demanded that all passengers remain in their seats, and remain still. They barked a series of orders. No one should stand for any reason. Arms and legs should not extend into the aisles. No one should try to visit the restroom. The message could not have been clearer: anyone who disobeyed the marshals was in danger of being shot."
I just spent some time reading through new and old issues of Counterpane's Crypto-Gram, a monthly newletter about security. They have some really interesting non-technical articles that gave me a better understanding of security issues.
This might be one of the best computer generated movie shorts I've ever seen. This guy is good. Check it out: Lots of Robots, Version 2.
Seinfeld was one of my favorite shows growing up. The subject matter for their "talks about nothing" reminds me of the things I usually notice about life. People always said that Jerry wasn't a very good actor, which I suppose he's not, but I always thought he was just himself on the show. Today I learned in this NY Times article that they've been making a documenary about him since the show stopped, and his quest for creating a new routine. I'll be sure to check it out.
This link graphs Java/C++ job openings in the last three years. Pretty bleak -- I hope the outlook in Portland is better. What's really interesting is to see how this correlates to the NASDAQ.