Random Nerd Notes
The first printed electronic circuit without using lithography. Press release: BASF Future Business develops new printed electronics technology with partners
Book about theoretical evolutionary biology: The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution (Stuart A. Kauffman)
Only tangentially related, but looks neat: a broad and deep compendium of papers about self-replicating systems: Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines (Robert A. Freitas Jr. and Ralph C. Merkle)
Aw, heck. I just got Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (David Sedaris, ed.) and Best New American Voices: 2006 (Jane Smiley, ed.), which are collections of short stories. Lately, that's all I have the attention span for. They make for good nighttime business-trip hotel reading. Does that make me stupid? Gone are the days of being able to finish... I don't know... The Fountainhead or something.
Also I admit to buying and reading the fifth volume of Hikaru No Go, translated manga about a boy obsessed with playing go.