I've not been a Facebook user, but I was invited to join Google+, so I set up a picture and am waiting to see what it's all about. I'm afraid that for the most part I'm not so interested in a wall where people tell me what's going on with them, nor do I see the point in writing to groups of people I know to update them on my life this way, but perhaps over time I'll be converted to this way of socializing. Until then, I guess I'll keep writing blog posts if I feel I have something to say (which, admittedly, has been less often these days).
600+ abstracts submitted to SODA. I wonder what the over/under is on how many will actually be papers a week from now. I'm expecting about a 10% drop, but wouldn't even be surprised to see it go down to 500 or so. That suggests about a 25+% acceptance rate. I'm not sure what message there is to take out of that. But given that 500 seems to be the total of accepted papers for SODA, STOC, FOCS, ESA, ICALP, and maybe another conference or two after that (SPAA, PODC?), it seems like theory is (still) producing too many papers, or has too few venues to publish them in. Larger conferences, or perhaps a large clearing-house conference, anyone? (Would SODA be that much different if it accepted, say, 250 papers? Discuss.)
While I think svn is great for collaborations, I've really found the merging functionality has negligible utility. I'm a novice user, but it seems whenever there's a conflict, the fastest way to deal with it is still to pick a winner, diff for differences, and glue together by hand. I think the bottleneck is when there's a conflict, I want to work out differences with my colleague, and the whole point is that we're working at different times and places. So the benefit of working separately seamlessly gets lost.
I still think everyone should be reading Claire's blog, which covers a really nice mix of topics, many of which could potentially lead to interesting community discussions.