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Palm Beach Post: 50 best rock intros.

Daniel Okrent, The New York Times: Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper?

"Of course it is."

> I guess that settles that.


Houston Chronicle: 'It's getting bad, Dad,' and then -- Ground Zero.

"The report marveled at the calm of crew and passengers of the hijacked flights even as their situations became dire."


National Review: The Syrian Wayne Newton. The man inadvertently behind a scare in the skies.

"Annie Jacobsen's recent piece for WomensWallStreet.Com made waves. Her account of flying with her family while 14 Middle Eastern passengers acted in a threatening and apparently coordinated manner makes for a terrifying read. Her article captures her sickening sense of both uncertainty and inevitability as what might possibly have been the next 9/11 unfolded around her.

"Fortunately, nothing of the sort happened."

Google Circa 1960.


The New Yorker: New Details Surface.

"Mr. Leahy and Mr. Cheney went head-to-head in what can only be described as a ‘take no prisoners’ freestyle rap battle. Most of the rhymes kicked therein cannot be quoted in a family publication, but observers gave Mr. Cheney credit for his deceptively laid-back flow. Mr. Leahy was applauded for managing to rhyme the phrases ‘unethical for certain,’ ‘crude oil spurtin',’ and ‘like Halliburton.’"


Neville's Garden: The Incredibly Evil Machine.

> I don't get it.


The Straight Dope: When the zombies take over, how long till the electricity fails?

"My guess is that within 4-6 hours there would be scattered blackouts and brownouts in numerous areas, within 12 hours much of the system would be unstable, and within 24 hours most portions of the United States and Canada, aside from a rare island of service in a rural area near a hydroelectric source, would be without power."

Free Wireless Internet (WiFi) Access Points in Houston, Texas.

> I've been using two of the sites on this list almost daily. I'll have to check out some of the other locations.


Spiderman 2, the Lego Movie.

> It's an amazingly good production. Also, a pretty hefty download.


I greatly enjoyed Brian Greene's NOVA series on string theory, and I published a link to it sometime last year. This piece slams him a bit harshly, but I thought this observation was rather good --

Slate: Science as Metaphor.

"Greene's work is seductive in part because it puts forth the notion that we occupy a special place in the history of ideas; we are on the verge of an ultimate discovery, an idea to end all ideas. This is a dazzling vision -- but it is also, statistically speaking, unlikely."

Honolulu Advertiser: SUV takes plunge in Hawai'i Kai.

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