Discretion

The Michigan prosecutor has declined to move forward with the Republican-requested complaint that Michael Moore was bribing people by offering to give out free underwear and ramen noodles in exchange for a promise to vote: Prosecutor: Underwear not worth court time: Central Michigan LIFE

And the quote of the day is:

I have to utilize my discretion in what cases to handle, and in that regard I choose to devote our resources to prosecuting those who are delivering cocaine to our young people rather than underwear,” Burdick wrote.

Sayonara PowerPoint

Here is an awesome alternative to PowerPoint using standards-based web design techniques, courtesy of Eric Meyer: S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System

S5 is a slide show format based entirely on XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. With one file, you can run a complete slide show and have a printer-friendly version as well. The markup used for the slides is very simple, highly semantic, and completely accessible. Anyone with even a smidgen of familiarity with HTML or XHTML can look at the markup and figure out how to adapt it to their particular needs. Anyone familiar with CSS can create their own slide show theme. It’s totally simple, and it’s totally standards-driven.

Why? Well for one thing, the beauty of this is that it requires no other software than the web browser you already have. No PowerPoint Viewer, no Acrobat Reader, no Flash Plug-In. It is very lightweight – very friendly as an email attachment or as a web delivery that won’t frustrate the end user with gigantic file sizes or incompatible file formats. It is easy to use, looks good, and serves it’s purpose very well. Nice work. I can definitely see applications for this sort of thing.

Of course as Edward Tufte would point out, one would hope that the content placed therein does not diminish the analytical quality of one’s presentation, and that this is used properly as a presentation tool and not a replacement for essay where essay is required… πŸ˜‰

World’s Tallest

Taipei 101

The Taipei 101 Tower has been certified as the world’s tallest building: Yahoo! News – Taipei 101 Skyscraper Deemed Tallest

Last time we were in Taipei, we stayed at the Hyatt. We checked in to our room, opened the curtains, and then we saw it. This massive skyscraper right outside our window. It was just enormous, and the architecture was gorgeous – not your run-of-the-mill flat sides, but these neat beveled segments that made it look like a giant bamboo shoot. I took this photo just before a rainstorm while walking several blocks away from the building while it was still under construction in March of 2003.