08 July 2005

Lots of stuff on the web about the London bombings. I especially enjoyed this, in which the author sneers at all the gushing about British stoicism, while simultaneously exemplifying it. Quotably funny, except all the best bits are also profane.

Posted 10:47 PM

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, on cowardice, courage, and terrorism.

Posted 07:42 AM

07 July 2005

Fascinating. Apparently counterfeit Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is a serious problem, especially in Europe. Even authentic Parmigiano Reggiano can vary widely in quality, and therefore price, but serial numbers that identify each wheel often rub off during the aging process. Enter the RFID tag, which uniquely identifies each wheel, isn't damaged during aging, and can be read remotely. Since all authentic Parmigiano Reggiano is made in one village in Italy, getting producers to agree on a data standard was trivially easy.

(Wall Street Journal article. Paid subscribers only.)

Posted 10:09 AM


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