: Britain is having second thoughts about the laser eye surgery that is all the rage here, now ordering a study of its safety. I’d decided not to have it because I didn’t want the risk and didn’t know what the long-term impact really is. Besides, I look smarter in glasses, don’t I?
The sun sets
: Britain or downgrades European consulates so it can open new outposts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. It’s a new world.
LA Times’ exorcised
: The Guardian covers the mysterious disappearance of the mysterious LA Times insider blog.
What else should be Googled?
: Following Google’s wonderful announcement that it is scanning and making available to us all searchable text from thousands of books at top libraries, I wonder what else you think should be available? I’ll start the list:
: Transcripts and scripts of TV shows, movies, and radio shows — both news and entertainment.
: Periodical archives (at least in an Amazon model, which could drive sales).
: TV listings. OK, that sounds silly, but it is a chronicle of the culture.
: Just yesterday, as I walked by the New York Public Library, I saw school busses passing and the thought occurred that someday (soon), that building could be seen as either a museum or a public wi-fi hotspot instead of as a storage bin. And a few hours later, Google announced its library project.
On the road again
: Traveling to Washington today to meet with my CIA handlers. Blogging light until after I come out from under the sodium pentathol.
Actually, I’m headed down to join the advisory board of the J-Lab’s new project to give seed funding to hyperlocal citizens’ media.