On the ride home yesterday, two fire trucks pulled up to a house, one on each side of Columbia. They left a car-sized gap for traffic to get through, but it was too small for a bus, so we waited. After a while I decided to bail out and walk the rest of the way. About five minutes into the walk it started to drizzle. About a minute later it started to rain, and a minute later it started to really pour. It was about 80 degrees Fahrenheit and I was wearing sandals, so I kept walking and let the warm rain wash over me. I got totally soaked. It was great.

Via Bill Ives, a New York Times editorial by Thomas L. Friedman on the coming impact of blog networks on politics: “The technological model coming next – which Howard Dean accidentally uncovered but never fully developed – will revolve around the power of networks and blogging. The public official or candidate will no longer just be the one who talks to the many or tries to listen to the many. Rather, he or she will be a hub of connectivity for the many to work with the many – creating networks of public advocates to identify and solve problems and get behind politicians who get it.”

From the cool ideas that I have no time to implement department. Someone ought to write a search engine for Sourceforge-resident code. No, not a search against the project descriptions. A search against the source code, to make it easy to find sample code in whatever platform you happen to be working in. I believe that O’Reilly does something like this already for their books. Why not extend the idea? Sourceforge code is already public, retrievable via anonymous CVS, and it’s real code powering real apps. It’d be a fantastic learning tool, I think. Does it exist already?