New Addictive Thing of the Day

One word: LinkedIn.

Pretty addictive professional networking site, kind of like friendster and Orkut, but definitely geared more towards professional networking. Concept is like a Kevin Bacon six-degrees-of-separation thing, and you can only see people up to four degrees away from you (I think). Oddly enough, by the time I added my second connection, I found people that worked at a company I did back in 1997-1998. Talk about a blast from the past.

Momentous Occasion: Podcasting

Well, a momentous occasion for me, at least. Listening, for the first time, to a podcast. And you thought I was gonna podcast my blog. Heck no. With the new release of iTunes 4.9 yesterday, pulling podcast subscriptions is simple and handy. My first podcast? Democracy Now! Pretty cool stuff, if you ask me. Especially handy since KUOW doesn't carry Democracy Now, and I haven't heard it since the KEOS days back in College Station, around a year ago.

Can't wait for Prairie Home Companion to come out with a podcast.

Take That, Supreme Court!

From Philip, article here

Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.

Justice Souter's vote in the “Kelo vs. City of New London” decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.

RIP, Jack Kilby

The guy who made my entire professional career possible died yesterday at the age of 81. Jack Kilby was a pioneer of semiconductor invention back in 1958 at Texas Instruments.

Microchip pioneer Jack Kilby, who won the 2000 Nobel Prize for co-inventing the integrated circuits that ushered in the digital age of personal computers, cell phones and the Internet, has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 81.

In 1958, during his first year working with Texas Instruments Inc. in Dallas, Kilby used borrowed equipment to build the first integrated circuit. All the components were fabricated in a single piece of semiconductor material half the size of a paper clip.

“In my opinion, there are only a handful of people whose works have truly transformed the world and the way we live in it — Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Jack Kilby,” TI Chairman Tom Engibous said in a statement Tuesday.

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Kilby held more than 60 U.S. patents, including one filed in 1959 for a solid circuit made of germanium.

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From 1978 to 1984, he held the position of Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Thanks for the career opportunities, Jack. Full news article here.

Mini’s Word of the Day

With apologies to direct-quoting Mini, this came to my attention today:

MINI WORD OF THE DAY

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FARKING SPOT (noun) A seemingly open parking space that
when you get closer, you discover a small car parked there.

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Crazy New 419 Spam

Just got this new variant of 419 spam:

From: Michael Ramsey
Subject: RE URGENT

Dear Friend,

Good day to you. I may have to trouble your sense of personal achievement and
reward for an opportunity properly taken advantage of.

I am Mr. Michael Ramsey, a representative and an attorney to Kenneth Lay, the
former chairman & CEO, Enron Corp. Industry: Energy &Natural Resources Home, he
deposited (21,000,000.00) with me when he was in power as the chairman.

I am contacting you because I want you to deal with the Finance house and claim
the money on my behalf since I have declared that the Funds belong to my
foreign business partner. You shall also be required to assist me in investment
in your country. I hope to trust you as a God fearing person who will not sit
on this money when you claim it, rather assist me properly, shared in these
percentages, 60% to me and 40% to you. When I receive your positive response I
will let you Know where the Finance houses his and the document's to lay claims
to the funds, which is very important. What I need is for you to indicate your
interest that you will assist us by receiving the money on my behalf in Europe.
For this, you shall be considered to be the beneficiary to the funds. The
project in brief, is that the funds with which we intend to carry out our
proposed investments in your country, is presently in the custody of a bank in
Europe. I do not want the government of my Country to know about the money
because they will believe I got the money from the sales of Enron stock when he
was the Chairman of Enron &C.E.O.

Once I have your details in full the finance house will contact you for Release
of the funds to your account As soon as payment is effected, and the amount
mentioned above is successfully transferred into your account, I intend to use
my own share in acquiring some estates abroad. For this too you shall also be
the overseas manager of all our properties and you will be paid based on a
certain percentage agreed on by both parties.

I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me
urgently by E-mail: mich1@ny.com. I am presently in Ireland.
Please, provide me the following:

1. Full Name

2. Your Telephone Number and Fax Number

3. Your Contact Address.

Thanks.

Michael Ramsey.

Wow. That's creative.