I have a headache
: Stephen Hawking says he was wrong about black holes:
‘I’ve been thinking about this problem for the last 30 years, and I think I now have the answer to it,’ he told the BBC’s Newsnight programme on Thursday. ‘A black hole only appears to form but later opens up and releases information about what fell inside. So we can be sure of the past and predict the future.’
I have no idea what he’s talking about.
: So I’m in Aspen to attend an Aspen Institute session on journalism; more on that later. A few travel notes:
: Hadn’t seen this before: Whenever the cockpit door was opened on my United flight, two stewardesses went up front; they wheeled the meal cart in front of the aisle to block it; one stewardess opened the door; the other rode shotgun on the cart. She just stared down the aisle. All that stood between us and doom should some insane Islamofascists decide to attack is a stewardess and a lunch cart. Weird.
: Also weird: As the guy in the next seat finished reading each of many newspapers and magazines, he tore them up. Looked normal otherwise. Had to be some method to the madness. Maybe he runs newsstands and hates people sharing publications.
: Got on the puddle-jumper to Aspen and we were introduced to our pilot, Bob. Hmmm. Pilot Bob. Doesn’t instill confidence.
: Just heard on the TV in the airport lounge: Five months. Sounds like the minimum under the sentencing guidelines. I agree with Rex that she should not be going to jail. She has suffered plenty and the real corporate criminals from Enron et al haven’t suffered enough.
: NYTimes.com beat the cable sites to the news. Good for us old print guys.
: Ev announces two great changes in Blogger: First, WYSIWYG editing and second — I like this even better; I downright love this; I lust after this — when you cut-and-paste text, it keeps the links intact.
How much influence?
: I’ve been arguing nonstop, as you sadly know, that blogs influence the influencers. Journalist blogger Om Malik now has some proof and numbers and VC Ed Sim is already building this into business plans.