The Economist considers Peril on the Sea. "Are terrorists now aiming to block shipping lanes and disrupt the flow of oil and other goods?" Scary.
They've done it: Mari Cha IV obliterates transatlantic record. "Mari Cha IV completed their 2,925 mile crossing in 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds, beating the existing record by over two days." The fastest ocean-going sailboat ever built. Wow.
Another man vs. machine chess match: In a few weeks Garry Kasparov will take on X3D Fritz. Jeff Sonas thinks it is not true that machines will eventually become undeniably stronger than humans. I think Jeff is wrong; this is a pure matter of CPU horsepower...
Bill Gurley is Watching the Digital Hand. "Adam Smith proffered that an economic 'invisible hand' ensures that if companies act in their own interest, the good of the public or individual will also be optimized. An equally powerful and unavoidable force controls high-technology markets today -- the 'digital hand'... The invisible hand suggests that both companies and customers can profit simultaneously. The digital hand is not nearly as charitable to the companies involved. In fact, it can be downright brutal." Ask the RIAA, or the MPAA...
Don't know whether this is Tivo news, or game machine news, but Sony has unveiled the PSX. Seems to have all the features of a PS2, a Tivo, and a DVD recorder, along with a broadband Internet connection. Wow.
Here's a truly alien crop circle; Sandy Dougherty and his family have created a tribute to Indiana - and David Letterman - in their 7.5-acre cornfield. In addition to being a crop circle, it's a maze; visitors encounter signs with information about Indiana and its residents. I am not making this up.