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Ed Lyons
Always brainstorming, always talking
Always brainstorming, always talking
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Whoa. If you "view source" on the President's campaign web page, you get this. Impressive. (No, I am not supporting him, just doing technology opposition research. But style is style! And his folks deserve credit.)
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This picture shows the problem I have with newspaper websites, which no longer have an editor looking at the "front page." Thanks to everything being spit out of a content management system, The Boston Globe has a lead story about places to travel to where you can "get unplugged" from your technology. Right below it, a story about devices to keep you plugged in wherever you travel. Ridiculous!
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All of the focus on the Supreme Court and those rallying outside the building reminds of our Western heritage, and that democracy isn't everything.

After all, the building is an ancient Greek temple, which is, by design, unwelcoming to visitors, just as the Parthenon is. (I have stood on the steps of both, and believe me, the feeling is identical.) Men wearing robes, who do not answer to the masses, enter through side passages and perform rituals the public never sees. Only men of great status can speak before them. They issue their proclamations only at certain times of year, and they are infallible!

Our court, its rituals, and its temple remind us of our journey in Western Civilization, and that even after 2,500 years, certain things, despite all of our modern conceits, are necessary to manage the passions and rights of men.
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Tell Congress to keep its hands off the Internet! It is the best thing about our economy and one of the best things America has given to the world.

Chess has two wonderful move annotations: !? and ?! One means that something looked brilliant at first, but ended up being not so good. The other means the opposite. I use them ordinary sentences outside of chess, and find them tremendously useful.

My mobile white noise application just updated itself to enable... Twitter integration!? It says it did this so "you can tweet what kind of sounds you are falling asleep to."

Steve Jobs reminds us that it is individuals, and not social trends, that make history. And American corporations are the best place for individuals to change the world.

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I was cleaning graffiti off a bridge that I have used hundreds of times and yet only noticed this sign for the first time. If only the "stimulus" spending of today could produce such long-lasting benefits. Alas, the politicians, unions, environmentalists, lawyers, and local community groups prevent most projects. We have forgotten how to build things, and this plaque reminded me that we once knew.
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As someone who studied physics as an undergrad, I walked around the world today, at my normal sub-light speed, and worried about man's place in the universe - in light of what just happened at CERN. This has rattled me more than quantum mechanics did. (Time travel? A fifth dimension? Aliens able to reach our galaxy?) 

I was grateful and proud to see the wholehearted ceremonies today in London, Paris, Berlin, and Sydney - as there were 10 years ago. They knew, and still know, this was an attack on all of us in the West, even before they saw Islamist terrorism come to their own soil.
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