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What to do with those darn voting machines?

"States throw out costly voting machines" (AP):The demise of touch-screen voting has produced a graveyard of expensive corpses: Warehouses stacked with thousands of carefully wrapped voting machines that have been shelved because of doubts about vanishing votes and vulnerability to hackers.What to do with this high-tech junkyard is a multimillion-dollar question. One manufacturer offered $1 a piece to take back its ATM-like machines. Some states are offering the devices for sale on eBay and craigslist. Others hope to sell their inventories to Third-World countries or salvage them for scrap. My suggestion:  A mausoleum the size of the Great Pyramid out in the desert; it would make an educational roadside attraction.
(Seriously, perhaps they should consider donating a few to the Computer History Museum.  Some lessons should be remembered for a while...)



Embusen

Turns out, the bricks on my back yard patio are pretty close to an embusen. I got enough time to go ahead and do all the Heians. Felt pretty good, after doing almost nothing for weeks. Maybe I can carve out a few minutes each evening.
The embusen is a bit too small, but the yard itself is just the right size overall.

Blogger Following & Why Google is My Favorite Company

I'm actually on vacation, but wanted to highlight a couple of things too cool to miss.  We're in the midst of rolling out Following for Blogger, and I've just added the Followers gadget on the sidebar of this blog.  Following a blog does a couple of things:It tracks the blog in your Reading List on our redesigned dashboard and in Google Reader, giving you a convenient way to check for updates from the things you're following;
Your picture shows up in the Followers gadgets of the blogs you follow (if the blog has the Followers gadget).The Followers gadget lets you surf the network of people who read and interact with blogs.  Just click on any of the followers and you'll go to their profile.  For now, that profile is just their Blogger profile page with the blogs they own. 
...but down the road, we'll also be integrated with Friend Connect.  Which will open up this network further, in a couple of ways:  A non-Blogger site can add a Friend Connect gadget to show the…