What’s Happening with Tiger?

More than half way through the second round of the [[The Masters]] and [[Tiger]] is falling apart! +3 on the day bringing his total to +4 and putting him in the T30… T30? Is he in danger of missing the cut? I bet he’s close to the cut line… if he blows the next few holes the way he did yesterday, he’s going to be watching this weekend instead of playing.

But don’t count him out yet. When he won 2 years ago, he started like this and then came thundering back on the weekend.

Solar Power-Cell Breakthrough

From [Slashdot](http://slashdot.org/:)

An anonymous reader writes “Researchers from the Nanomaterials Research Centre at Massey University in New Zealand have developed synthetic dyes that can be used to generate electricity at one tenth of the cost of current silicon-based solar panels. These photosynthesis-like compounds work in low-light conditions and can be cheaply incorporated into window-panes and building materials, thereby turning them into generators of electricity.”

Absolutely outstanding. Technology will solve the problems that technology has created. It’s the only way. The only question I have is one that James Burke posited many years ago in his landmark series [[Connections]]: Will the rate of change of society due to technology eventually increase to the point that it will be unable to react fast enough to catastrophic changes to fix them? Only time will tell, but let’s hope not!

Apple’s Move May Make AAC Music Industry Standard

From [Slashdot](http://slashdot.org/:)

stivi writes “BusinessWeek has up an article about a war: a standards war in the online music business. Apple’s recent deal with EMI to sell DRM-free songs from the publisher’s catalog on iTunes may clinch the iPod’s AAC format as the industry standard… With time, practically all music stores will be selling iPod-compatible songs. This will be considered a Richter 10 event at Microsoft.'”

Anything that brings [[M$]] down a notch is a good thing. If it helps [[Apple]], it’s a better thing. If it makes more music available without DRM and lock in, it’s the best possible thing. Let’s hope this happens.

(A)Typical Tiger

So, the first day of [[The Masters]] is complete, and if I was a competitor there, I’d be scared. Why? Because [[Tiger]] is pissed. He had a great round going until the final two holes, when the wheels came off and he bogeyed them both. His response to reporters after the round? “I let that one get away from me. I’m going to go to the driving range and break a few things.”

When [[Tiger]] gets mad, he gets really, really good.

Augusta was as difficult as I’ve ever seen it. Did you see the putt that [[Tiger]] had on the 15th hole? A good 50 feet and he barely touched it and it ended up next the the hole! I was **sure** that he left it 20 feet short.

Today should be interesting.