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I'm traveling again, so I will just quickly share a few quick, unrelated sci/tech thoughts today.
First, the obvious. The iPad 2 has been announced, with the usual glitzy Apple fanfare. Which, yes, I get a kick out of - but let's be honest - it's a gadget. It's not actually magical. And like other companies who outsource manufacturing, there are issues. (See my post from last week about Mike Daisey's important work on labor conditions for those who build these beautiful devices.) Still, it is an impressive piece of design and engineering. And I will probably get one.
Second, I'm in Silicon Valley right now and yesterday I wandered into ... a Google store. Did you know there was such a thing? I did, but what I didn't know is that you can also buy Google-branded merchandise online. And in a mark of how much I've kind of ignored Droid phones, it took me several hours before I figured out that the reason there are lots of little robot toys in the Google store and scattered around the Google campus is because of the mascot. Android. Get it? Yeah. I can be slow sometimes.
Third, I was sad to see that Space Shuttle Discovery is on its last mission. It turns out I know a couple of people who were nearby in Florida to watch the launch in person. And, coincidentally, my husband was also in Florida on launch day and caught a glimpse of it - an orange smudge in the sky - from his hotel in the middle of the state.
I'm stuck in a meeting for the rest of the day and back on a plane tomorrow. Back with hopefully a more substantive entry next week - drop me a note if there's some technology topic I should address in this space.