More Cracks in the Google Facade?

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Harry McCracken from Technologizer joins the “one trick pony” train mentioned the other day, but he does it by talking about GOOG’s Knol that was announced last year but went public last month. If you’re not familiar with it, Knol is GOOG’s version of Wikipedia.

What he found and what it means is worth reading if you follow the behemoth of the web.

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The Unicorn Man – A Collection of Verses, Short Stories, Images

The Unicorn man

Vox Anon contacted me the other day promoting his new book The Unicorn Man. From the description it sounds dark and interesting. The kind of work that causes me to reflect on my own life and future and makes me wonder if I should be scared.

Vox Anon promised to send a copy for review, I can hardly wait! If you can’t wait, good news for you because it’s available on Lulu.

Description:

An epic poem, an ecstatic prayer, & a beatific psalm authored by an anonymous master. The Unicorn Man is not for children, the faint of heart, &/or faithless. It is a grotesque self portrait of physical love & spiritual longing unraveled in an apocalyptic vision. These are verses of eternal hope written by a man with an acute suicidal condition. A man with an undiagnosable tumor growing in the shape of a horn from the center of his forehead. He hides from the world. This symbolic disfigurement transforms him from human into a fantastical beast. Until the love of a girl changes him back. The Unicorn Man is a highly personal collection of hidden text. Intimacy on a universal scale. A few poems about Love, G-d, & Death. Enjoy!

Here’s the full Press Release:

The Unicorn Man is: selected unpublished verse from earlier poetic works “The Voluptua” & “The Epitome” collections (1999 – 2007) inspired by artwork from “Anatomia Ecclesia: The Anatomical Brides” . “My life’s work adds up to this: Beauty, Love & G-d & Death.” Vox Anon WWW.THEUNICORNMAN.COM

The Unicorn Man 08/08/08 version contains: 3 short stories, 216 verse poems & +55 unique images that were too unfinished, too profound &/or too sacred to be disclosed to anyone other than the initiated. The 3 short stories “I Awoke”, “Once Upon A Time”, and “Non Plus Ultra” have been added to help introduce and contextualize the 7 chapters of poetic verses that follow.

The White, Black, Red, Pale, Gold, Lost, and Last Verses are meant to pique, Not satisfy the curiosity as to the truth and wonder of The Unicorn Man’s existence. Images/text on the origin of beauty and the price one pays for dying for it/killing for it will be revealed.

Although his disease remains undiagnosable, it is not unlike Cutaneous horn (cornu cutaneum), a rare projectile, conical, dense, hyperkeratotic disease that resembles the horn of an animal. State of the art technologies along with X-rays, fMRI, and CT scan imagings show that the base of this horn is rooted at the very seat of his soul; the pineal gland. Surgical removal of this tumor from his forehead may prove fatal.

These verses are collected from diaries and journals he has kept over many lifetimes. The text starts out in the tradition of an epic poem then translates into experimental stream of consciousness. Methinks Cain killed Abel because he wanted to marry his Twin sister, & in a jealous rage murdered him. Now he walks the earth until the end of time as a punishment for the 1st murder. For Love. For Beauty. For Self.

The Unicorn Man is a collection of love notes and self-portraits in verse that is at times fantastic, horrific, and sublime. Names, places, and events in the texts date back 10,000 years and predict the end of the times on December 21, 2012.

A search for truth, beauty, and identity is recorded in these pages. These verses inquire: Who is the most beautiful creature on earth? Is the anatomy of man G-d’s greatest creation? How will the End of Times end? Who is the Wormwood Star? Is this a tumor growing down my face? or Am I Qayin? The Unicorn Man? A few poems about Beauty, Love, G-d, & Death. Enjoy!

Hopefully, The Unicorn Man will find a home in your imagination with the likes of Dostoevsky’s “Notes from the Underground”, Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” and Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth”. If you love the book of Psalms or works of fiction like The Crow or The Sandman, then you will love The Unicorn Man!

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Word of the Day: Negawatt

negawatt n

  1. A unit in watts of saved energy. [Wiktionary]
  2. “The saving of a megawatt of power by reducing consumption or increasing efficiency.” [from Sustainability Dictionary]

Etymology:

Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.

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What Words Would You Add to the Microsoft Spell-Checker?

The other day the Seattle Times profiled the Microsoft Natural Language team and their challenges in keeping the up with spell-checking since languages are constantly in flux.

Now the paper’s blog asks us “What words would you add to the Microsoft spell-checker?“. Here’s a few quotes:

A friend who works in the sciences said it’s difficult to trust the spell-checker in her field. “You think Bromodichloromethane or 4-Methyl-2-Pentanone are in there? Or whenever we use borehole the suggested correction is brothel…”

A man who works in Olympia had this question: “I’ve often wondered why a corporation based in Washington has a spell-checker that doesn’t include Walla Walla as an acceptable proper noun instead of insisting that it’s a repetition… Apparently, Microsoft thinks there’s a town called Walla, WA — where they grow Walla onions.” (Only half as delicious, I’m sure.)

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120GB Zune on the Way?

Gizmodo has the rumor of a 120GB Zune. My gawd, the mind boggles at how much content you could stuff into that.

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