links for 2005-07-20

Not exactly a surprise on Supreme Court nom Roberts:

Yet those who know Roberts say he, unlike Souter, is a reliable conservative who can be counted on to undermine if not immediately overturn liberal landmarks like abortion rights and affirmative action. Indicators of his true stripes cited by friends include: clerking for Rehnquist, membership in the Federalist Society, laboring in the Ronald Reagan White House counsel’s office and at the Justice Department into the Bush years, working with Kenneth Starr among others, and even his lunchtime conversations at Hogan & Hartson. “He is as conservative as you can get,” one friend puts it. In short, Roberts may combine the stealth appeal of Souter with the unwavering ideology of Scalia and Thomas.

I’d hate to see Roe v. Wade overturned with this guy on the bench. Also, he’s only 50, so we’d be living with him on the bench for a very long time.

Don’t call it a revolution

A few weeks ago I read through all of Business Week’s design innovations for 2005 and kept track of my favorites. One of them was a shower head that the article described as being not only nice looking and easy to use, but deeply researched before going to market and was currently the best selling shower head at Lowes.

I figured I needed a new one and design research plus design awards plus brisk sales would equal the best shower head in the world. But like Mike, I found it was fairly disappointing (my review is there as a comment).


Tomorrow morning I’ll be speaking at WebVisions 2005 about convergence and digital devices — all the cool ways small gadgets can talk to one another thanks in part to open standards and lots of hacking.

Webvisions is my favorite “small tech conference that’s almost as worthwhile as an expensive multi-day big tech conference” conference. It’s cheap, the topics, speakers, and keynotes are good, and the extra bonus is that I can drive to it instead of fly.

If you’re attending, be sure to say hi.

links for 2005-07-14

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