Posts from December 14, 2004

Laser test

Laser test

: 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

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

LA Times’ exorcised

: The Guardian covers the mysterious disappearance of the mysterious LA Times insider blog.

What else should be Googled?

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.

What else?

: 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

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.