Stefan Sharkansky: Iraq is safer for some than Washington, D.C. "In other words, a young black male soldier from Washington DC would have been 36% more likely to die by staying at home than by serving in active duty in the Iraq war, and almost twice as likely to be murdered at home than to be killed in combat." Wow. Great point.
Want to know what's really happening in Iraq? Ask our soldiers. Here's the story from one returning marine...
Just in case you thought there was any chance I wasn't going to vote to recall Gray Davis, let me assure you I will. With his pandering vote to give illegal immigrants driver's licenses, he has proved beyond any doubt that he stands for nothing. I can handle a politician who takes positions I disagree with, but I can't handle a politician who doesn't take any position at all. What a joke.
This is important news. There's a new website for URU, the next installment in the Myst saga (Myst, Riven, Exile). I'm not a gamer, but I love these adventures, and I can't wait. "It is scheduled to launch for Holiday 2003." Check out the site, plenty of screen shots.
And in other important news, here's a review of the Treo 600. "The Treo 600 will be the device to beat, from the integrated PDA/phone perspective." I want one. Now.
BW: Tooling Around in Teutonic Technocars. "My test BMW also had Adaptive Cruise Control, an advanced feature that soon will be standard on luxury cars. It's similar to conventional cruise control, except that the car "watches" the traffic ahead via sensors. You not only set your cruising speed but also how far you want to stay behind the cars in front." Hey, it's "caravan mode". They did it! [ part of a series, "21st Century Cars Hit the Road" ]
And here we have the Librarian Action Figure, featuring "push button shushing action". No, I am not making this up. But I love it...
Elevator Moods. Cool, Check it out!
MyTinyGarden.com. Some of the best bug closeups ever. And some great Flash...
From ABCNews: Elephants in the Sky. Ever wonder how much a cloud weighs? A little white puffy cumulous weighs about 550 tons! (or about 100 elephants.) I bet you could win a bar bet on that one. In the right bar :)
IBM is running a new series of ads about Linux. They have a ten year old boy personifying Linux, while all these great and wise people tell him stuff. So, I watched this ad, and I didn't get it. I guess it is cool that IBM is promoting Linux, but this doesn't click for me.
Did you see this? George Hotelling bought a song from the Apple Music Store, then tried to sell it on eBay. He was trying to see if he truly "owned" the song, but eBay cancelled the auction (they have a policy against selling anything which can be downloaded online). Fascinating.
Forbes reports TVs Join the Wireless Grid. New plasma TVs with build-in WiFi. Excellent. I believe broadcast TV is going to follow big music onto the dustbin of history.
CNet chronicles Universal Music's decision to cut their prices. Prediction: This will increase music store volume numbers by a lot. But it won't increase revenue...
Hey, even Samuel Pepys has a 'blog! Only 400 years out of date :)