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(OK, I think that more HP novels would actually be a bad idea. Most of the rest of it looks good, though.)
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Along similar lines...IMO some of the coolest things that Google can do over the next while involve combinations of data that it's already got (or can easily get access to). Personally (for example) I want to see a house search that lets me specify "show me the houses with [specific characteristics] that are within this area (scribble outline on map), have an expected car commute time of < N_1 minutes, and have an expected bus commute time of < N_2 minutes with no more than 1 bus change".

*crosses fingers*
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It's not as good as "Master Debaters Beat Off Stiff Competition", but it's still pretty good.
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aka the Daily Show's "Resident Expert", author of "The Areas of My Expertise", and (surprisingly, to me at least) an editor for the New York Times Magazine--for, like, actual nonfiction. Pretty funny, and an interesting look at what simultaneous living in the real and fabricated news worlds looks like.

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NY Times Magazine: The Year In Ideas

Haven't read all of these yet, but it's an interesting focus.
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We will not run: Bush vows

(The text of the headline, that is, not what he said in the actual article.)
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Not sure it's all that, but an interesting idea nonetheless.
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Courtesy of the NY Times:

A Doctor for the Future

A longish exploration on medicine, medical research, and the Amish and Mennonite communities. Fascinating stuff.

'First Man': A Walk on the Bright Side

A review of the authorized biography of Neil Armstrong. Told me several things I didn't know about Armstrong, and adds some interesting historical notes.

Location, Location, Location. Research, Research.

An article on the increasing availability of information on housing searches, including some tips for buyers and a few specific resources (PortlandMaps.com, PropertyShark.com, HomePriceRecords.com (yet another GoogleMaps hack...))...which also mentions that the housing market is cooling off. (*crosses fingers that this trend will continue for the next year*)

and, just for a bit of ecological humor:

And Sometimes, the Island Is Marooned on You

The island of Island Pond had it in for Andrew Renna.

Or so it seemed one Saturday evening a few weeks ago. In the middle of a pounding storm, Mr. Renna looked out across the pond, which borders his backyard.

"It was raining crazy," he recalled. "I said, 'That wind's going to blow that thing right over here.' Ten minutes later it did. When it moves, it moves pretty quick."

The island, about the size of a football field, made a beeline for Mr. Renna's house - crushing his three-foot chain-link fence, swamping his red-blue-and-purple flagstone patio, wrecking his dock, flooding his shed, hobbling his weeping willow, and drowning the oregano, cilantro, tomatoes and peppers in his garden. Then, with an insouciant shrug, it came to a standstill in Mr. Renna's backyard, an interloper squatting in stubborn silence.
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from [livejournal.com profile] rosefox, an eloquent headline from the Chicago Tribune on the Gulf Coast crisis.
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Halfway down this editorial by Molly Ivins--look for "CROW EATEN HERE"--is one of the more impressive and pointed retractions that I've seen in major-market journalism in quite some time. She made an assertion, she realized (or was informed) that it was flat wrong, and she spends the last half of this column exploring just how wrong it was, in detail. Go Molly!

This is what ethical journalism looks like. Novak, Coulter, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, are you paying attention? Of course not. (Or, if you are, it's so that you can poke fun at Molly Ivins--who had the guts to do what you never do--without recognizing the irony.)


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