Spaceman Spiff (remove AQFL to e-mail) sent me a MSNBC story that has a video clip of an attack on a U.S. convoy in which he was riding near Mosul, northern Iraq. NBC's Richard Engel reports this scary and intense moment.
This New York Times article say monitoring telephone conversations is intended to track the performance of call center operators, but the professional snoops are inadvertently monitoring callers. Most callers do not realize that they may be taped even while they are on hold.
I just saw this funny photograph on NONAGS today:
Now, that is a huge boulder.
This Yahoo! News article says rats can use the rhythm of human language to tell the difference between Dutch and Japanese, researchers in Spain reported Sunday.
Broadband Reports mentions Declan McCullagh's editorial (CNET) where he believes everything is a-ok in the world of broadband, and people concerned with falling global rankings are over-reacting. "FCC figures released last month show that 94.3 percent of U.S. ZIP codes have high-speed lines available to them," he writes; though as we've pointed out, the FCC considers one home in a zip code with broadband to mean that entire zip code is "serviced".
SFGate.com's article says it seems as if single men are discovering what single women have known since ancient Egyptian times: Cats are worthy of worship. At least unmarried British men say so, in a recent survey conducted by Cats Protection, a leading animal welfare society in the United Kingdom. And judging by the delirious worship that single men I know lavish on their kitties, I'd like to think American men -- those brave enough to stand up and be counted -- feel the same way.
Viral Videos & Ads posted new videos today. Four of them were funny to me:
- Wow, I need to get this toothpaste if it makes my teeth that bright!
- Best Buy says to turn off your friggin cellular phones or else this happens. I saw this in a movie theater once, but I don't remember where.
- IKEA suggests that you change your furnitures before you do naughty stuff.
- I wonder if I can get women with this method. [grin]
BBspot lists the top 11 geek break up lines.
This Dilbert cartoon shows you what happens when you get an I.T. guy to come over and notice your non-standard equipments at work.
This CNN article is heart warming and amusing about parents serving detention with tardy student. Susan and Steven Manis say it was their fault their daughter was late for school so they shared her punishment--spending an hour with her in detention. The couple says their 13-year-old daughter, Jessica Dunkley, was being unfairly punished for being late six times in October and November when the family's van wouldn't start.
This Daily Yomiuri On-Line article says computer games in which children can identify with a hero or heroine who attacks his or her enemies are more likely to make them aggressive than games featuring indiscriminate violence, according to a recent survey. In November and December 2001, researchers led by Ochanomizu University Professor Akira Sakamoto conducted a survey on the effects of video games popular among 592 fifth-grade students at six primary schools, mainly in Kanagawa and Niigata prefectures.
Blue's News posted a Mail Online article about computer game addicts failing in the classrooms. Children who spend hours playing computer games and watching television are failing to develop the skills to succeed at school. The warning comes from leading scientist Professor Robert Winston, who said youngsters are not acquiring the long-term powers of study and application they need in class. This is because the games they play and programmes they watch require only short-term bursts of concentration.