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Widescreen Video iPod Rumors Continue to Swirl
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:50 pm EST, Mar 22, 2006

Though Apple only launched its 60-gigabyte Video iPod last October, the company may already be planning to phase out the mega-selling portable video player, says CNN Money. According to an industry analyst tracking Apple, the company reportedly told distributors that the 60-gig iPod is "at risk" to be discontinued as soon as the end of April, to be replaced by a new model as early as June.

The "new model" is likely the widescreen iPod that has been rumored for months now. The next-gen device will reportedly have a screen that covers the entire face of the iPod, and a "virtual click wheel" that only materializes when a user touches the screen.

Widescreen Video iPod Rumors Continue to Swirl


NPR : Russell Simmons Has Money on His Mind
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:50 pm EST, Mar 22, 2006

Hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons leads a lavish, bling-filled lifestyle -- but his most recent exploit is advising youth on how to save their money, not spend it. Commentator Jimmi Izrael says he doesn't believe Simmons intentions are entirely altruistic.

NPR : Russell Simmons Has Money on His Mind


The 20 Most Important Tools Ever - Forbes.com
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:50 pm EST, Mar 22, 2006

These are the tools that have most impacted human civilization and helped move the course of history.

The 20 Most Important Tools Ever - Forbes.com


Geographic routing in social networks
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:50 pm EST, Mar 22, 2006

We live in a "small world," where two arbitrary people are likely connected by a short chain of intermediate friends. With scant information about a target individual, people can successively forward a message along such a chain. Experimental studies have verified this property in real social networks, and theoretical models have been advanced to explain it. However, existing theoretical models have not been shown to capture behavior in real-world social networks. Here, we introduce a richer model relating geography and social-network friendship, in which the probability of befriending a particular person is inversely proportional to the number of closer people. In a large social network, we show that one-third of the friendships are independent of geography and the remainder exhibit the proposed relationship. Further, we prove analytically that short chains can be discovered in every network exhibiting the relationship.

Geographic routing in social networks


essembly.com
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:49 pm EST, Mar 22, 2006

What is essembly?

Essembly is a free, non-partisan social networking site that provides tools for politically interested individuals to connect with one another, engage in constructive discussion, and organize to take action.

essembly.com


How Do You Say Clueless?
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:49 pm EST, Mar 22, 2006

I was assigned by the State Department to interpret for the Baghdad Conference (to establish an interim government) and later to provide language support to both Barbara Bodine and retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the two highest officials in postwar Iraq. I didn't know how the experiment would turn out. But as I arrived in Baghdad, I really believed the United States had an efficient, well-studied plan to put Iraq together after toppling the Saddam regime.

What I witnessed in the year or so I spent helping U.S. officials on the ground in Iraq, and what I have seen more recently, has made me doubtful about our competence for nation building

How Do You Say Clueless?


Large-Scale Action in a Tiny Package - New York Times
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:49 pm EST, Mar 22, 2006

THE Lord's Prayer written on a grain of rice is not better than the Lord's Prayer written on a piece of paper, but it is a lot more impressive. The same is true of Sony Bend's stealth-action game Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

Large-Scale Action in a Tiny Package - New York Times


Writer Depicts Scientists Risking Glory for Truth and Truth for Glory - New York Times
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:49 pm EST, Mar 22, 2006

How could an outsider, someone who has not been bathed in the culture and mores of science, get it so right?

Writer Depicts Scientists Risking Glory for Truth and Truth for Glory - New York Times


Find Me Guilty
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:49 pm EST, Mar 22, 2006

"Find Me Guilty," Mr. Lumet's first feature film in seven years, catches him near the top of his game. Now 81, this master surveyor of the urban jungle still has the machinery of police work and courtroom ritual down cold. His skill at conveying the feel of federal offices, jail cells and the eateries where cops and criminals gather to shoot the breeze is so precise you can almost smell the paint on the walls and the food in the kitchen. Where it can, the screenplay he wrote with T. J. Mancini and Robert J. McCrea uses dialogue taken from court transcripts.

Thanks to "The Godfather," "GoodFellas," "The Sopranos" and their countless imitations, the characters in contemporary mob dramas are now such beloved cliches that they are almost like family. Or rather, they are cherished fantasy projections of ourselves in a shadow version of a society obsessed with family values and corporate upward mobility.

Find Me Guilty


Here Come the Marines
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:28 am EST, Mar 22, 2006

ON FEBRUARY 24, a tectonic shift took place in the shadowy world of special operations. It was an event years in the making, but it probably wouldn't have happened at all if not for the al Qaeda attacks on September 11.

Here Come the Marines


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