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Reliquary

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I'm not a big book review person, honestly because I believe books (and movies) are such a subjective choice, that a reviewers opinion is rarely pertinent.  At best you can try to find a reviewer who has reviewed several works you have read already and try to mesh up his opinions with yours.

That being said, What I want to write about is the tragedy of the book Reliquary by Preston and Child.  This book is 11 years old, but it stands out as being one of the best reads I have had in a while.

Iron Man Better then I Dared Hope

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Iron Man and the Avengers were my two favorite comics back in the day. Iron Man because he was the plausible (to my youthful eye) superhero in the Marvel Universe. Here was someone bending technology to his well, and using it in a heroic manner. Avengers because they had Iron Man and were a truly dysfunctional family.

It was with cautious optimism I went to the Iron Man preview last night. True the trailers were great, and the effects looked awesome, but Marvel had betrayed its fans before.

I shouldn't have worried.

A Call for Open Source Voting Machines

The idea of closed software for voting machines is a scary concept. Like crypto software you want to make sure as many people as possible are looking at the guts of your software and poking holes in it. Otherwise the possibility of manipulation, and unintentional mistakes altering the vote, are high.

Better than Ironman

This is the movie I want to see. Get ready to kick some ash... 

Subprime loans, like the cake, is a lie

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TPMF and others have blogged about this, so i will avoid reblogging but readers worried about our economy should take a look at both his article at the Slate article.  In essence this problem goes far beyond subprime lending.  The slate artcle documents high deliquencies, and defaults on a group of mortgages where the average credit score was 705.

If what the articles are saying are true, the mortgage industry needs a serious reboot.

Polls and Presidential Elections

If 70 % of america disapproves of the job which congress is currently doing (real clear politics) why would the parties put forth congressmen and women as their presidential candidates? The numbers havent been good for a while, it would seem to me with poor poll ratings like this, maybe its time to start rummaging through the governor bin or perhaps a few top CEO. Hmm...

Shaping Reality

I have written in the past how Google could theoretically shape a persons perceptions by tweaking the algorithm for search results to promote one point of view over the other. A similar possibility exists in wikipedia. Wiki's editors are human, and have their own thoughts and opinions about the topics they edit.

Trust us we're from the government, we're here to help you.

Slashdot linked to this article wired magazine article where the FBI delayed their own investigation in an attempt to bolster support for a Patriot act power to issue National Security Letters (NSL).

During an investigation into the 2005 London Bombings the FBI ordered a field agent to return documentation obtained via subpoena, so they could instead demand the documentation through an NSL.

A Chicken in Every Pot, A Car in Every Garage, A Home for Every Family

Herbert Hoover won his 1928 election bid by promising a "Chicken in Every Pot and a Car in Every Garage".
By the end of the Hoover presidency, the American economy was in ruins.

Barack Obama has been criticizing John McCain for ignoring the plight of of the American Family during the subprime loan crisis. While McCain has been urging government restraint in bailing out people, he has been pushing for greater transparency and stricter controls in lending agreements.

Better Searching Through Mahalo

I have written in the past how Searching sucks. Commercial sites and link indexes clutter up search results and make separating the wheat from the chaff difficult for the average search user.

Mahalo.com takes the model followed by IMDB and Wikipedia and applies it to search. They let the internet community as a whole submit links for given search terms, and after some moderation for quality exposes them as results.

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