Google News has re-launched. And it’s characteristically well-done: it’s easy-to-read; it’s extensive (it scours some 4,000 news sources); it’s frequently updated; and, interestingly, it’s “compiled solely by computer algorithms without human intervention.” Here’s an article about how this new roll-out might figure into Google’s looming IPO.
Last night, I was lucky enough to see the Orioles’ Mike Bordick break the Major League Baseball record for consecutive games (102) by a shortstop without an error.
Last June, the Masai tribe of Kenya donated 14 cows to the people of America. (New York Times; free registration required.) They’d just heard the news about September 11th, and they wanted to give us a token of their sympathy. Earlier this week, a group of people from the Washington area returned the kindness by arranging for a Masai girl to receive a life-saving heart operation.
Boston’s “Big Dig” project, which has so far taken 15 years and cost $14.6 billion, is designed to ease traffic by eventually making the city’s current aboveground central artery a mammoth underground passage. But what’ll they do with the new open space that’s created? (New York Times; free registration required.) Construction is projected to be finished by December, 2004.
A new order ensures that Area 51 will remain shrouded in secrecy. During the summer of 1993, a friend and I drove down some desolate roads near the Nevada base. It was weird. There were all sorts of strange surveillance devices, and there were intimidating signs that said something like “This area is restricted. Deadly force is authorized against trespassers.” The mysterious base has long been thought to be a testing ground for new US miliary planes. UFOlogists claim Area 51 houses alien spacecraft.
This could be Atlanta’s year to win the World Series. I hope they do it. They’re looking good.
A miniature robot dispatched to explore a narrow, mysterious tunnel in Egypt’s Great Pyramid found its path blocked.
“I’m Not Proud Of Some Of The Things I’ve Done.” A must-read for dog lovers.