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Thursday, May 27, 2004
  Bin Laden, Democrat? - John Ashcroft hints that Osama wants Kerry in the White House. By Timothy�Noah: "Ashcroft's supposition is that Bin Laden would like to influence our elections in the same way he influenced Spain's. What would 'similar consequences' mean for the United States? Defeat for the hawkish incumbent at the polls, and an Iraq policy gone soft. Ashcroft all but said, 'Osama Bin Laden wants you to vote for John Kerry.'
Chatterbox thought Ashcroft would show a greater aptitude for imagining the thought processes of an insane religious fanatic. " 
Saturday, May 22, 2004
  NPR 100

good stuff, almost all of these.  
Friday, May 21, 2004
  WSJ.com - Don't Tell the Kids: Computer Games Can Make You Rich: "Like most serious gamers, Mr. Lim plays through much of the night and sleeps most of the day. He used to play basketball but stopped about two years ago for fear of hurting his fingers, which have to move fast to win tournaments. A measure pro-gamers use to gauge ability is APM, or actions per minute. APM is the average number of maneuvers a player can execute in 60 seconds. In Starcraft, most casual players have an APM of between 50 and 70. Mr. Lim has been known to hit 400 APM at some games, or 6.66 moves per second." 
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
  The New York Times > New York Region > Cicadas Respond to Their 17-Year Cue: "There are other periodic cicadas, including three 13-year broods. But the Brood Ten cicadas are the most numerous of all, because they have no competition.
'Seventeen is a prime number: therefore it would be next to impossible for another species to evolve a 17-year life cycle to match it,' Professor Kritsky said. 'So other species have evolved in synchrony with cicadas.'"

That's really interesting.. prime numbers in nature, that is.  
  The New York Times > Education > Indiana Essays Being Graded by Computers

What can I say? A sorry excuse for standards in education.  
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
  Kerry urged to shake it up by naming running mate: "'This election is first and foremost a referendum on Bush, not Kerry,' said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report in Washington. "'

That pretty much sums it up, I think.  
  The New York Times > International > For Sniffing Out Land Mines, a Platoon of Twitching Noses: "Dogs, with their strong noses and affinity for people, are increasingly popular; about 200 are working now in heavily mined Afghanistan. But they are hard to keep healthy, especially in tropical Africa. They tend to bond with trainers, making it hard to switch them between handlers.
And they so badly want to please that a simple misreading of their trainers' body language can lead them to indicate a mine's presence where none exists or, far worse, ignore a real one.

Then there are rats, which don't give a fig about people but will do anything for bananas and peanuts. 'All a rat wants to do is find the target and get his reward,' said Mr. Bach, of the Geneva demining center. 'They're almost mechanical in the way they work.' " 
  The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Contributor: Save the Rescuers From One Another: "When a Police Department helicopter pilot saw that the South Tower was falling, his announcement was instant � and police command issued a forceful and robust order to evacuate the remaining building and to move all department vehicles to safety. But fire chiefs did not hear this order. The command of the North Tower was covered with debris when the South Tower fell, and Chief Joseph Pfeifer, in darkness, gave the order, 'All units in Tower One, evacuate the building.'
Just how many firefighters escaped in the minutes from Chief Pfeifer's order until the tower's collapse is uncertain, but we do know that several police officers from the city and the Port Authority were killed when the second tower collapsed � along with 121 firefighters. Others were killed on the street. In all, almost 15 firefighters died for every city police officer. This suggests that there were successful communications in the Police Department, but not within the Fire Department or between the two departments." 
Monday, May 17, 2004
  Salon.com Technology | Just say no, to hydrogen: "How could hydrogen fuel-cell cars actually end up creating more greenhouse-gas emissions than the gas cars that they'd replace?
The hydrogen has to come from somewhere. " 
  Video - West Coast Swing 
Friday, May 07, 2004
  The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: The Oil Crunch

A good Krugman column, though he of course takes some indirect shots at the administration. If we could have good stuff like this in every column... 
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
  The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Those Friendly Iranians: "Young Iranians keep popping the question, 'So how can I get to the U.S.?' I ask why they want to go to a nation denounced for its 'disgustingly sick promiscuous behavior,' but that turns out to be a main attraction. " 
Sunday, May 02, 2004
  Dictionary.com/impecunious: "im�pe�cu�ni�ous ( P ) Pronunciation Key (mp-kyn-s)
adj.
Lacking money; penniless. See Synonyms at poor." 
Just a list of interesting things I read online that my friends and family might be interested in.

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