June 3, 2005 | 11:14 PM ET

The principal at a Georgia high school cancelled the journalism class and halted production of the school paper.  As a recourse the students started a blog.  There are a few versions of the story, but I found the Atlanta Journal Constitution's ( ahem) to be the most thorough.

The ostensible explanation for the principal's actions are budget problems, but the students believe it was because of objections the principal had to the content of the paper.

There's a certain irony to the story however.  To folks who follow blogger criticisms of the mainstream media, these elements have a real familiar ring:

  • "...he also criticized the paper for highlighting negative stories at the expense of articles more favorable..."
  • "...and for a lack of thoroughness in its reporting of stories..."
  • "...it was about the quality of it and the even-handedness of it..."

And how about these voices from the media side:

  • "...the staff 'just wanted to write about real issues at school'..."
  • "...journalism teacher ... questioned whether the quality of the paper could be maintained if there was no journalism class."

The article ends with a student declaring her consideration of journalism as a college major.  I'd say she's already had a pretty thorough education.

Speaking of highlighting the negative at the expense of the positive, INDC turns the tables on the Amnesty International "gulag" accusation.

Where is Carmen San Diego?  Google knows.

Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts today No hoax.

The movie version of Rent has a blog.  Not quite on the scale of the Kong blog, but still a nice trend to see.

You may have heard about the scandal associated with San Francisco 49ers and politically incorrect training video.  Clips of the video on the San Francisco Chronicle site are seeing heavy linkage, but take my word of it, there's nothing to see here.  The jokes are not only generally offensive, but they're utterly stupid.  And the nudity is fuzzy out anyway.

"Hollywood's latest comic book adaptation Sin City reveals a contempt and fear of women, argues Kevin Maher."

"By now you’ve heard that CBC Radio, Canada's public broadcaster, is in the process of developing a weekly on-air program about the blogosphere and podcast community, using the voices of audio bloggers and podcasters."  Actually, I hadn't heard, but today I clicked the blog for it.

An unusually lengthy discussion on Boing Boing about keyboard cleaning - specifically in the dishwasher.  I shudder to ponder the years worth of morning muffin crumbs in my keyboard.

Capping off what seems like a week of complaints of "too much information" being reported by the media, apparently Google Maps is also ruffling feathers.

Robert George describes putting American before one's political party in the context of Deep Throat and Watergate.

Jeff Jarvis is upset that nipples are the latest target for censors.  (Perfectly safe for work, he's just angry.)

Americablog is irate that couples who donate their embryos are allowed to specify the religion and other characteristics of the adopting family.  Earlier today I read an article on Slate predicting that the frozen embryo will be the new political football.  Let the games begin.

I'm running into today's Video of the Day all over the place.  I don't know what they call it in bicycle racing, but on a farm they call it counting your chickens before they're hatched.

Speaking of falling down, this is the figure skating equivalent of an "owned" video.  This video is so long, I think it must be every spill any ice skater ever took.

Dark Side Switch campaign -- A Star Wars parody of the popular Apple Switch ads.

How to find podsafe music

The BBC is going to play everything Beethoven has ever written.  "Every single note of Ludwig van Beethoven in one week, 5th to 10th June. Every symphony, every quartet, every sonata, and plenty of Beethoven surprises too..."  After each show airs it will be available for download.

"Wired magazine once defined the ' onosecond' as the time between hitting 'send' and realising that you really didn't mean to send that to your granny.  What inappropriate email/text/photo have you sent to wrong people? Are they speaking to you any more?"  Some coarse language in this one, as you might expect from a site about sending inappropriate messages.

To the mailbag!

Will,
I followed your link to watch the video of the parachuter who sets his parachute on fire.  Afterwards I went to the link shown after the video finished, skoopy.com.  I was shocked to find that the content of the ads surrounding the videos was for porn.  Perhaps you should note whether parent websites content contains objectionable or at least Not Work Safe content as you have done with other videos. 
Thanks and love the blog,
Allen W. 
McCook NE

Dear Allen,
Thanks for your note, I changed the link to a different site.  Skoopy's ads definitely make it NSFW.  My general rule is that I can only account for one click away from here and beyond that you're on your own (and even then we've been burned by things changing after a link has been posted), but the good thing about highlighting viral video is that if it's spreading around the Web, that usually means there's more than one place for me to link to.
Cheers,
Will

Will,
A better site for songs in TV commercials is WhatsThatCalled.com.  They seem to keep the songs/commercials more up to date.

Just thought you’d like to know.  By the way, that Pink Moon commercial was fro a VW.... the Jetta, I think.
Cheers,
Jason

Hey, Will -
The "Pink Moon" song was in the Volkswagen Cabriolet ad.  I almost bought that car because of the song.
Cheers,
Nikki

The name of the car is Cabrio, by Volkswagen.  My fiancée bought one based solely on the commercial.  First thing we did after she got it was drive out into the country with the top down, look at stars, and listen to Pink Moon over and over again. (The CD, while short, is perfect for stargazing with a loved one.)
Regards,
Randall
St. Louis, MO

Dear Jason, Nikki and Randall,
Part of me is pleased to learn that other people were as drawn to that song as I was and another part of me is a little disturbed at how effective that bit of marketing was.  Maybe I should find a theme song for this blog.
Thanks,
Will

June 3, 2005 | 2:58 AM ET

A lot of people are pointing to Publius Pundit's reply to the Amnesty International report we clicked yesterday.  In short, he uses Google to show that a disproportionate amount of attention is paid by the media to accusations of American abuses while actual malevolent regimes are under covered -or at least covered less.  By coincidence, as I write this, Ted Koppel on Nightline is asking an Amnesty International guy why they're not making more noise about slavery in the third world.  His answer is basically that what Amnesty International says about it doesn't matter, it doesn't get picked up by American media because Americans don't care.  Americans care about America, or so the argument goes, and that's what gets picked up by the media.

I don't mean to digress from the main point of the "Google experiment."  Robert Mayer sums it up in an update to his  post:  "By using the United States to pimp for headlines, Amnesty International is taking the light off of governments that are truly, systematically tearing human rights to shreds." 

Speaking of malevolent regimes, Regime Change in Iran is asking for the support of bloggers.  Among the ways to offer support is to republish news accounts that would otherwise be blocked by the Iranian government.

The newest Google toy is Google print:  "Search the full text of books (and discover new ones)."  Curious as to its depth, I tried " Xanth."  It works.

Dear Celine, what were you thinking? ( alternate)  "Bad" is the word alright.

While we're clicking video, here's the Video of the Day, in which a parachuter has a genuine "Oh @%#$#!" moment.  Edit: different link, same video.

A critical look at McDonalds commercials

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People With Email - Pt. 1  (In Part 2 he talks about how you can also annoy as the recipient of e-mail.)

Speaking of being annoyed by e-mail:  Operation Spam Zombie -- Looks like it's sponsored by the FTC.  It seeks to put pressure on ISPs to keep track of their customers who might be spammers.

Speaking of spam, Spamusement: "Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!"  I have to give them credit for trying to find some positive use for the stuff.

Notable words -- Created because "the web was in sore need of a champion for good writing."

Remember that video of the Day a while ago of the ridiculous 70s band playing in the woods with dancing girls dressed as Indians?  If you liked that, you'll appreciate this Eurodisco round up.

How to avoid Friday Afternoon Syndrome -- In this case the author says the syndrome is when you're rushing around on Friday to make sure you get everything done so you have a clear weekend.  My Friday syndrome is when the day is agonizingly slow because nothing is happening on Friday and procrastination starts to kick in.  (And then the phone rings at 4:55 p.m. with word of an extra hour's worth of work.)  In the news business, part of Friday Syndrome is that the particularly scandalous stuff gets released at the end of the day in the hopes that any news coverage will happen over the weekend when no one is looking and by Monday it'll be old news.

Speaking of killing time on a Friday, play Poom.  Once I figured out to follow the shadow it got easier.

80 Years of The New Yorker to Be Offered in Disc Form -- So now you can have a stack of CDs you keep meaning to read but don't get around to instead of a stack of magazines.

In the future, everyone will be Hitler for 15 minutes

"Some mention the crisis of newspapers saying young readers no longer read print newspapers in the Internet era, but it's not that the Internet is eroding the newspaper market but that newspapers have gained a new medium to deliver information." - Arthur Sulzberger, chairman and publisher of the New York Times.

Yesterday we mentioned corporations hiring bloggers.  How about $100 grand to blog about the Dukes of Hazard?

Straight Line Designs makes cool furniture.

The latest addition to the Gawker media line-up is a gambling blog called Oddjack. **Warning:  For some reason they illustrated a dog track story with a pretty gross photo of a dead dog.  Don't go there if that kind of thing upsets you.

The Carnival of Education -- Weekly education blog round-up

Patrick Ruffini has launched the 2008 Presidential Wire, an aggregator of blogs and mainstream press reports on the major figures in the coming 2008 election.  Comes with filters and rankings and other stats.  Cool site.

Photos of an unknown family who probably owned a liquor store -- I don't think there's any middle ground on a site like this.  Either you think it's cool to look at old photos of strangers or you think it's a complete waste of time.

As you can see by the reciprocal links at the bottom of the page, word is spreading rapidly about a new Wal-Mart movie.  The producers have an interesting plan for public participation in the film.  From the Huffington Post entry:  "This film is going to thrive on the contributions of all of you to help finish it, and then to become the distributors around the country and get the film to the millions who should see this."

Speaking of citizen journalism, here's a blogger on the scene of the Laguna Beach landslide.

Speaking of submissions from the public, Threadless T-shirts hosts regular design contests.  Judging by the links, this Death Star topiary is probably a winner.

The last time I did a lot of Google leg work to find out the name of a song in a car commercial was to learn Nick Drake's Pink Moon.  I don't remember the car, but in the commercial the kids decide to drive around instead of hang out at an obnoxious party.  Anyway, Song Title would have made the search easier, had I known.

Commuter Click: Companies subvert search results to squelch criticism --  This is about companies gaming search engines so that the search results they like (the positive ones) show up at the top and the ones they don't like (criticism and other negativity) drift off the bottom.

To the mailbag!  Speedy delivery!

Re:  The Downing Street Memo

You were asking what makes a story get or not get traction.  The NPR program “ On the Media” supplies part of the answer in this case.  As Eric Alterman might say:  “What Liberal Media?”

BROOKE GLADSTONE: Finally, I, I want to address something completely different that's come up a lot in our email, and that is the infamous Downing Street memo published this month in the London Sunday Times.

RON HUTCHESON: Right.

BROOKE GLADSTONE: The memo, from 2002, seems to show that the Bush administration had resolved to go to war in Iraq long before it had officially formulated its case based on weapons of mass destruction. Now we've gotten a lot of complaints that this hasn't gotten traction in the U.S. press. Has it come up in the gaggle?

RON HUTCHESON: You know, what you've got is somebody who had a good source in British intelligence that I, frankly, don't have. In a situation like that, what you try to do is use information to pry out more information. Well, now I'm relying on somebody else's account of a source that I don't have, so it's really hard to use it as much of a club. Somebody in the White House press corps brought it up and got a non-responsive answer. You can keep asking and keep getting non-responsive answers, but we need to find a kind of a leverage point to break something out on that. I mean I do think it's a story worth following up. It's just a difficult one in practical terms to follow up on. I can understand the frustration of some of the readers who've noticed this, and by the way, I've gotten quite a few emails myself. 

-John

Dear John,
That's a pretty good explanation.  It's funny that they both mention getting e-mails about the story.  I think everyone is getting those e-mails.  I think this is the most known-but-not-talked-about story since Drudge's story about John Kerry having an affair with an intern. 

One thing that makes this story very different from heavily blogged stories of the past is that the key information is not from bloggers and not really something bloggers can research with Google or LexisNexis.  What's interesting is that lately we see some back-door coverage of the story.  By that I mean we see stories about how it's not being covered, and I've seen a few places where it's been covered indirectly as something bloggers are talking about.
Cheers,
Will

P.S. I met Brooke Gladstone once at a party.  I knew no one and she was exceptionally friendly.  Nice lady.  Meanwhile, I was a total idiot and had no idea who she was and had never heard of "On the Media."  D'oh!

Hey Will,
Regarding your June 1 posting about common errors in English, you must have missed this line on the errors page:

"Preparing to review or recommend this site? Please read this first."

Seems everyone links to an obsolete URL.
~John
Austin, TX

Dear John,
Yikes!  Thanks for pointing that out, I went back and changed it.  It's so important to be a responsible linker, I'm embarrassed to have missed that.  Apologies to Paul Brians.
Thanks,
Will

June 2, 2005 | 1:37 AM ET

Bill Roggio at Winds of Change calls too-much-information on the New York Times for its report on how the CIA is transporting prisoners.  The comments get good around #68 when someone named Robert Sherrell starts to mix it up.

Speaking of keeping and exposing secrets, What's Really Behind The White House Stonewall Over Bolton Documents?  You'll recall, the explanation for why John Bolton didn't get his up-or-down vote in the Senate last week was because some senators wanted to first see some relevant documents.  Apparently the hot theory is that those documents reveal some embarrassing names involved in weapons sales to unfriendly countries.  The last question is my favorite. 

A gallery of custom made bicycles --  You might as well break your neck on something cool.

Speaking of cycles, The lifecycle of bloggers

By coincidence I also clicked this blogger in the midst of stage 5.  (Where I also learned the term " meatspace.")

Not included in the blogger lifespan is quitting a blog to join a blog collective.  In this case, the TPM Cafe a new liberal group blog.

I ran into a couple other collective blogs today:

Cotillion is a new blog collective for conservative women bloggers. 

And The Conservative Grapevine officially started today.

To highlight the best posts from around the right side of the blogosphere as well as cover posts about blogging. There are a lot of great blogs out there that don't get as much attention as they deserve and Conservative Grapevine is going to try to help fix that problem.

Though group blogs aren't a new invention, I often wonder if they represent the future of blogging.  A group of smaller bloggers stand a better change of drawing traffic if they band together, and if it works they won't have to suck up to A-list bloggers just to get noticed.  There's less pressure to post often if you're part of a blog collective than if you're running your own blog.  And the collected clout of a group of A-list bloggers can potentially reach mass media proportions.  I'm not ready to bet money that online 'zines consisting of like-minded bloggers will replace individual bloggers, but it'll be interesting to see how this practice changes the social (and linking) dynamic in the blogosphere.

Snopes confirms the existence of the Liger.  Holy moly that thing is big.

How to enjoy audio books

Apollo Pony is a [mostly] video clip blog, but not like the ones we see with people submitting home videos of schoolyard fights.  According to their "about" page it's a four person team surfing and sorting e-mail to find the best Web video clips.  Looks like it just started at the end of April.  I'm not sure why all the clips are .mov.  This can be a bit of a time sucker, but this is what I clicked:

Speaking of public demonstrations, the Billboard Liberation Front has struck in San Francisco.

Too much homework can be counterproductive

A computer geek's history of the Internet -- I feel like I've clicked something similar to this recently, but it says it was last updated May 17, so it's still fresh.

My colleague Alex Johnson's article today about the American Family Association's boycott of Ford for "promoting the homosexual lifestyle" has definitely set our " letters to the editor" mailbox on fire, and it's making an impact among bloggers as well.

I think this is the Amnesty International report that has caused so much recent fuss .  Very tough to read, and different from what I expected having only read the "gulag" headlines.  (I don't actually find the "gulag" line in here, so maybe there's another report?)

Speaking of things that make Amnesty International upset: Torture:  The case against, and prescription for...

Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries -- Knowing Human Events to be conservative, most of them won't be a surprise.  However, I didn't realize conservatives felt strongly enough about the Kinsey report to make it number 4.

The Last Supper Collection -- In other words, a collection of Last Suppers.

Introducing the Supercalifragilisticexpialidoppler.  I still don't expect the forecasters to accurately predict the weather - certainly not any better than someone just looking out the window and describing what they see.

The Portable Harvard Classics library offers 100 volumes as zip files...for free.  Just to test it I downloaded Moby Dick.  It was finished (the downloading, not the reading) in the blink of an eye.  Pretty amazing.

Blogging becomes a corporate job -- and no, they're not talking about me.  It's about corporations hiring writers to represent them in the blogosphere.  Interestingly, it sounds like they're looking to writers for this task, not marketing or PR people.  That's the real unwritten good news of the piece.  The written good news is that one company is offering to pay as much as 70 grand a year for a blogger.

Speaking of corporate blogging:  The Yahoo! employee blog guidelines

Wow, we throw around words like propaganda and government and/or media mind control, but for a little perspective, check out this anti-U.S. propaganda film from North Korea.  (Note: Strangely, this has English cursing in it.  It's a little hard to hear, but you probably don't want your boss or kids within ear shot of this.)

I'm running a bit of a mail backlog, so let's take a couple of those:

Will,
Most likely, the movie you are referring to is "The Power of 10" by Charles and Ray Eames. ( Amazon link)

Originally filmed in 1968, and lasting only 9 minutes, The Eames Office has put together a website devoted to the film and the concepts behind it at PowersOf10.com.
Enjoy,
Brian

Dear Brian,
That's exactly it.  Thanks!  I'm not sure watching the DVD on TV would be quite as powerful as seeing it in a planetarium, but still impressive.
Cheers,
Will

Will,
This is a very important story for blogs. Was linked to by Glenn Reynolds & Red State. Trying to get Kos as well to show the unity of the issue. Kos has worked together with “Conservative” Red State to be major voices on this issue.

The countdown to the FEC discussing the future of blogs is upon us. Although they say one thing, who knows what they will do. After what the Swift Boat Veterans did to Kerry is either political party going to allow a group of people in their pajamas alter an election and inform the public? Take a look, hope you like to maybe link to.

Should Blogs Trust the FEC?

(excerpt)

Ever since last Fall when the a court ruling required the FEC to include the Internet in its definition of public communications and to begin regulating activities on line, blogs have been very nervous and concerned exactly what outcome will prevail.

Web loggers, who pride themselves on freewheeling political activism, might face new federal rules on candidate endorsements, on-line fundraising and political ads, though bloggers who don’t take money from political groups would not be affected.

Are we supposed to believe this or is this another slippery slope of campaign finance reform? If a blogger posts for another blog that is funded by political action money what does it do to their own private blog that may be just as opinionated? Are we really supposed to believe after witnessing the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth that politicians on either side will allow blogs, people in their pajamas, to accomplish the same?

The FEC long has been reluctant to craft rules for the Internet, and it has exempted the on-line world from many regulations that apply to other media such as television and radio.
...
Regards,
Red

Dear Red,
Thanks for raising this issue.  I see Tony covered it on Connected today.  For folks who didn't quite follow your example, the root question is whether there's a point at which a political blog is no longer simply a person with an opinion and becomes a campaign contributor.  How much value can a blog have to a campaign?
Cheers,
Will

P.S. Please don't call me " MSNBC."  My name is Will. :)

June 1, 2005 | 2:42 AM ET

It's a bit of a struggle getting back in the game after the long weekend, so this is a little disorganized, but one theme I noticed after all of today's links had been harvest is the amount of international coverage:

Apparently over the weekend there was a bit of fuss over the fate of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.  If you follow all the updates in this blog entry, the story is mostly resolved, but it's still pretty amazing to see how on-edge they are down there.

Powerline reprints a red/blue map of voting patterns in the French rejection of the EU constitution.  Glenn contributes some heavy excerpting in following the story.

Speaking of the EU Constitution, as you might have guessed, there's a blog on that.

Iraqi blogger Riverbend gives a Fisking to a recent Tom Friedman column and explains why the Sunni/Shiite split we hear so much about is not as simple as it's being portrayed.

Former American 'Hostage' Indicted for Plotting Romanian Hostage Taking -- Nice job rounding up reports in foreign media.

Moving close, at least in terms of language, a couple weeks ago I kept running into an annoying animation of some kind of alien zooming through a cityscape to a bit of techno music.  Not only did I not point to it as the Video of the Day, I didn't point to it at all.  Turns out it's a frog, not an alien, and it's the biggest thing to hit the UK ever (not really, but still big).  So much for my abilities as a trend spotter.

As long as we're broadening our horizons, let's really broaden them -- with National Geographic's map of the universe.  It's a little bit confusing to navigate in that tiny window, but it's a map of where we are in the universe, with five stages of "zoom," eventually bringing the view to the level of our solar system.  It reminds me of a movie they show at the Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in which they keep zooming out from Earth, across the universe until your mind is totally blown and life loses all meaning.

Speaking of space and meaning, The Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson Show -- The host of this video calls it scary.  I don't know if I'd go with that word, but it's certainly disconcerting.  It has the typical Gong Show quality of most public access TV, but if you can bear to watch through the singing alien puppet, you realize that aliens are part of the religion being preached.  Neat.

Naturally, today's Deep Throat news is making waves online.  These guys spent years looking for the answer and got it wrong.  D'oh!  However, Slate's Timothy Noah asked in 2002, "Why Did Bob Woodward Lunch With Mark Felt in 1999?" so not everyone was surprised.  The actual Vanity Fair article is now on their site.  The press advance which looks like a pdf of the print version's pages run through a scanner is also being heavily traded online.

Commuter Click: Why smart people defend bad ideas

Lucas approves Indiana Jones 4 script

Video of the Day: March of the Penguins

How to add Half Life 2 elements to your photographs -- Even if you're not familiar with the video game, the photos are pretty impressive.

The new site for Quake 4 is drawing a lot of attention.

"Here's a list of some of those little must-see [Star Wars] moments that you may have missed. Consult this list the next time you go see Episode III and count how many you can spot."  These hidden inside-jokes are called Easter Eggs, and it occurs to me that it's this kind of detail, some might say trivia, that has burned every frame of Star Wars into the minds of so many people.  It's the reason I, and probably you too, can name half the creatures in Mos Eisley.

Speaking of Star Wars details:

Star Wars
The Science of Consistency
On fictional universes and the fans who rationalize them.

It's about sci fi geeks who drive themselves crazy over inconsistencies in the epic storylines of prominent science fiction stories.

Improv Everywhere strikes again!  Just before the U2 concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden they staged a recreation of U2's famous rooftop concert video.  They only got a little bit arrested.

The pint lock protects your ice cream .

Arnold gets caught using product placement in his political ads.

The phone thong -- Even though I'm telling you right now that it's not really sexy at all, you're still going to click it.  Credit to whoever came up with this product and its name.

Bathsheba Grossman's sculpting geometry

Common errors in English -- When I clicked this I was expecting a cutesy "top ten most common..." type article, but this is a genuine resource site.
Edit 6/2:  This used to link directly to the "list of errors" but has been adjusted per the request of the site owner.  Thanks John.  Sorry 'bout that Paul.

Tiny Molecule Could Shrink Computers, Phones, iPods

"The molecule cluster is 10,000 times thinner than a human hair, and marks another step forward in nanotechnology, the science of atoms and molecules that is set to transform medicines, technology and even food in years to come."

" Thoughtless Acts is a book by Jane Fulton Suri and IDEO that invites you to notice the subtle and amusing ways that people react to the world around them.  These "thoughtless acts" reveal how people behave in a world not always perfectly tailored to their needs and demonstrate the kind of real-world observational approach that can inspire designers and anyone involved in creative endeavors."  That's all a bit romantic, but if you look at the pictures you'll understand it better.  There's also a Flickr group for it.

Sonograms of famous albums -- Don't worry, the very first link explains how to read a sonogram.  I thought this was merely interesting until I clicked the link titled " Examples of bad current level practices."  If you don't learn this, someone out there is going to make fun of you.  Now the pressure's on.

Speaking of music, I've never heard of Heavy.com and I'm not even sure what I clicked to get there.  It's like a flash music magazine.  I poked around through many of the videos and also the games (everything looks work safe), and right now I'm listening to the new Weezer album for free.  What's the catch?

"As previously announced, we will be assembling a Great Ball Contraption at this year's BrickFest. And at the same time, we will be attempting to set a new world record for the Largest Rube Goldberg machine with our Great Ball Contraption."  What's a Great Ball Contraption?

The Downing Street Memo, continues to gurgle under the surface.  The latest is that some people are taking the story where the media doesn't seem to want to go (again).  AfterDowningStreet.org is about moving past the actual memo and asking what the repercussions should be.  This is accompanied by a blogger collective calling itself the Big Brass Alliance.  It's very hard to tell how many people care about this story, but today at least, it looks like the calls for investigation and even impeachment are growing. 

A reporter once asked me what makes a story jump from the blogosphere to the mainstream spotlight and I had to answer flat out that I didn't know.  Looking at the effort behind elevating the story and yet it still -even with a Congressman making noise- doesn't seem to be gaining any traction, I still don't know what brings some things to light.

Mindset is "A Yahoo! Research Labs demo that applies a new twist on search that uses machine learning technology to give you a choice: View Yahoo! Search results sorted according to whether they are more commercial or more informational."  But what's really cool is that it re-sorts in real time as you adjust the dial.  I can definitely see this function catching on.

Visiting a thousand bars in a year, and blogging all the way.  That's roughly three bars a day.  Looks like he's up to 530.

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