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Welcome to the future

There are currently about 3.2 billion mobile subscribers in the world, and that number is expected to grow by at least a billion in the next few years. Today, mobile phones are more prevalent than cars (about 800 million registered vehicles in the world) and credit cards (only 1.4 billion of those). While it took 100 years for landline phones to spread to more than 80% of the countries in the world, their wireless descendants did it in 16. And fewer teens are wearing watches now because they use their phones to tell time instead (somewhere Chester Gould is wondering how he got it backwards). So it's safe to say that the mobile phone may be the most prolific consumer product ever invented. Sensors everywhere: Your phone knows a lot about the world around you. If you take that intelligence and combine it in the cloud with that of every other phone, we have an incredible snapshot of what is going on in the world right now. Weather updates can be based on not hundreds of sensors, but h…

The pizza joint

So this is the pizza joint up the road from us. Its caused quite a stir with it's name. You try asking directory assistance for a business named "Bite Me". See what kind of response you get. They make great pizza.

At least we hear the Pakistaini protest...... not like the Cambodians

Calling it an "unprecedented attack," ABC World News reported US officials said "a small number of militants were captured or killed" in the raid, which Pakistan called "a gross violation of its territory." The CBS Evening News reported, "Pakistan today angrily protested a US commando raid on a village near the Afghan border, the first known raid by American ground troops into Pakistan."USNews.com: Political Bulletin: Thursday, September 4, 2008

Another excutive who wants personal loyalty over professionalism.

"She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor.Mayor Palin: A Rough Record - TIME

Oh where for art thou, geeks of burlington.

It's a scooter with a pirate radio station built in. I'm not to sure how powerful, but talk about being hard to track down Inventgeek.com - Geek / Hacker Scooter - Overview

Picasa Refresh Brings Facial Recognition

In the anticipated release of Google’s new and improved Picasa, the company will offer facial recognition technology to help you identify friends and family in your pictures without requiring you to tag them by-hand each time you see them.Picasa Refresh Brings Facial Recognition You can choose to be part of the conspiracy or, be a victim of it. Thanks Google for putting us in the middle, again.

Scenes from St. Paul -- Democracy Now's Amy Goodman arrested - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

I've not had time to read all of this article yet, but come on 'Amy Goodman charged with "Conpiracy to riot"' Remind anyone of another DNC? Glenn GreenwaldMonday Sept. 1, 2008 19:28 EDTScenes from St. Paul -- Democracy Now's Amy Goodman arrested(Updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV - Update V - Update VI - Update VII - Update VIII)Following up on this weekend's extreme raids on various homes, at least 250 people were arrested here today in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beginning last night, St. Paul was the most militarized I have ever seen an American city be, even more so than Manhattan in the week of 9/11 -- with troops of federal, state and local law enforcement agents marching around with riot gear, machine guns, and tear gas cannisters, shouting military chants and marching in military formations. Humvees and law enforcement officers with rifles were posted on various buildings and balconies. Numerous protesters and observers were tear gasse…

The midway is for the young

I've never seen ezra smile so much for so long, than at the fair last week.