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1 pixel per meter.

"Internet Explorer users may Click and Drag the starships to compare them as you like."

> Play with this on a large computer display. Remember, no crew is complete without the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Wired News: Gibson Kicks the Blogging Habit.

"After some ‘stage fright,’ he said he has found blogging deeply enjoyable, though his 20-year-old daughter was initially horrified. ‘I told my daughter I was going to do a blog, and it was as though I was going to take up skateboarding,’ Gibson said."


The Onion: New Fox Reality Show To Determine Ruler Of Iraq.

"At a Pentagon briefing Monday, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz gave his blessing to Appointed By America. ‘It is great that Fox will play a vital role in post-war Iraq,’ Wolfowitz said. ‘Heck, we didn't really know what we were going to do.’"


UC Berkeley News: Continental roots go deep, but not as deep as some people thought.

"‘It was very clear that you had a lithosphere about 80 kilometers thick, on average, in the ocean basins, and under that is the asthenosphere -- the very top of the mantle,’ said Barbara Romanowicz, professor of earth and planetary science at UC Berkeley and director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory." ...

"The continental lithosphere is composed of a thin, 30-50 kilometer-thick layer of crust atop a hot layer of rock.... By taking into account [shear wave anisotropy], the boundary between the [continental] lithosphere and asthenosphere works out to be between 200 and 250 kilometers, in agreement with other methods."


Nature: New batteries promise low-cost electricity. Magnesium makes rechargeable power packs cheaper, lighter and greener.

"Lithium makes batteries small but is costly. Lead and cadmium render batteries rechargeable but are heavy and potentially environmentally hazardous."


CNN: Diet guru Dr. Robert Atkins dead at 72.

"Dr. Robert Atkins, creator of the high-protein, low-carbohydrate Atkins Diet, died Thursday after an accidental fall on April 8 left him comatose.... Atkins slipped on an icy sidewalk outside his New York office."

Science News: Black holes spew as much as they consume.

"The winds travel at 20 to 40 percent of the speed of light and demonstrate that black holes, though they comprise only one-thousandth of a galaxy's mass, ‘can exert a profound influence on galaxy evolution,’ comments theorist Mitchell C. Begelman of the University of Colorado in Boulder."

Science News: Exotic processes probe the heart of matter.

"The new results promise to yield important information about the up and down quarks that comprise protons and neutrons. Scientists haven't had enough information to determine the masses of these quarks."


Julie Muhlstein, Everett Herald: Only an earthquake can delay filing taxes.

"My tax return isn't done, and I'm half hoping for some seismic activity."


Thanks to Green Gabbro for catching this link --

BBC News: Colossal squid surfaces in Antarctic.

"‘Giant squid is no longer the largest squid that's out there. We've got something that's even larger, and not just larger but an order of magnitude meaner.’"

> Be afraid.


I don't think I've ever pointed to this site before. The Adventures of AccordionGuy in the 21st Century is a blog by a computer programmer. Who plays the accordion.

A couple of days ago I mentioned that there was a dearth of entertainment on the web recently. That probably explains why a recent blog entry about AccordionGuy's troubled love-life has been a really popular link in blogland.


Scientific American: In a Far-Off Galaxy, Astronomers See Concurrent Star Birth, Black Hole Growth.

"Remarks team member Pierrre Cox of the Institute for Space Astrophysics of the University of Paris, ‘This new observation gives strong support to the idea that large numbers of stars were forming in young galaxies at the same time that their central black holes were pulling in additional mass.’"


When I saw this link I was a little worried that it might point to me --

The dullest blog in the world.

> If my site has been a little dry recently, it's not my fault. What with the on-going war, the whole web has been rather humorless.

This one's a couple of days late, but what the heck --

Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time.

Walter Kessinger

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