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Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Stopping Terrorists Before They Strike
Here is a paper on Brain Fingerprinting. Theoretically, it is 100% accurate with no false positives or false negatives. I haven't seen this in the mainstream press yet - (thanks Disinfo) - but it looks interesting. We'll see if the idea catches on.

How Well Do You Know History?
Here is a quiz on famous dates from Boston.com. I got 16 out of 17.

Stupid Sputnik. (via Metafilter)

Want a Little Love?
October is one of the prime kitten birthing months. The MSPCA has many (very cute) kittens right now. Bring a little love into your life, and make sure he or she comes from a shelter, not a pet store.

On a sad note, it looks like ArfDigita has packed it in. That's too bad - it was an excellent service.

Search and Ye Shall Find
Hey, Yahoo listed me!

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Tony Blair:
"Surrender the terrorists or surrender power." I love the Brits.

Another Possibility
Flag of Earth (via Follow Me Here)

View From the Ground
A couple of Sundays ago, I caught "Behind the Veil" on CNN. It was gut-wrenching. Here is an excellent Salon article on the Taliban's bravest opponents.

The Rest From STRATFOR
The Intercontinental Theater of Operations and Follow-on Theaters of Operation.

Searching the Living Web
I've been using Daypop a lot recently. It is a search engine which crawls news sites and weblogs (including this one) every few hours. This way, you are able to get information on things that are happening right now. Google is working on a similar path, spidering some sites continuously, but Daypop is still better, for the moment.

Another way to see what is popping up on the web is by looking at Blogdex (Note, URL is http://blogdex.media.mit.edu/ not http://www.blogdex.com). Blogdex ranks what weblogs are most linking to. This gives you an idea of what's caught the attention of the web-o-philes.

Don't forget the granddaddies of the community weblog concept: Metafilter, Slashdot and Memepool.

Thursday, September 27, 2001

Pitch-perfect
I don't typically link to The Onion, because most of you already read it every week. This week's issue is tremendous. I was moved by many of the stories, especially the last line of the God story. Read it.

More from STRATFOR
Out today: The North American Theater of Operations.

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Jeff's Run, this Sunday
Those of you in the Boston area will remember the story of Jeffrey Curley, the boy who was abducted and murdered by his home in Cambridge. This Sunday is the annual Jeff's Run - United for Child Safety.

Here is a map of the run. If you are in town, cheer them on (or run yourself). If you are out of town, you can still contribute to the fund.

There are also excellent tips for children's safety and resources for parents.

Monthly Update
Boston Cares has just released their October calendar of volunteer projects. There are more than 100 projects this month - a record for the organization. This is an excellent group. You should sign up now. If you are out of town, visit City Cares, the umbrella organization with chapters all over America.

Another New Store
Amazon.com Travel

Intelligent Briefings
Stratfor is an extremely intelligent site which specializes in strategic forecasting. They are running a weeklong series with indepth articles on the different fronts in the upcoming war. Read the Conceptual Framework of War and read about the Afghan Theater of Operations.

Escaping Flatland
Ask Edward Tufte!

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Magic Revealed
Academic paper on how Google actually works. This is a) from 1997 and b) long, but it is still tremendously informative if you are at all interested in this type of thing.

Monday, September 24, 2001

We Must All Sacrifice
Al Qaeda to cut at least 5,000 jobs.

Black House - Five Stars
I just finished reading Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I often found myself smiling at the quality of the writing and the turns of phrase.

It has moved up just behind The Stand in my list of favorite King books.

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