Is Google a One-Trick Pony?

Microsoft Watch of all places has this article – Google Be Gone:

My colleague Clint Boulton asks, “Is Google a one-trick pony?” My answer: Google is a magician out of tricks. The magic is gone.

Example: That Youtube purchase? Not paying off. Plus it’s a huge lawsuit liability (re: Viacom copyright spat).

Web

How to Draw Anything (in 1 Step)

doodle (doodle courtesy of cyenobite)

This is an interesting piece on drawing, especially how to handle a weakness you may have in drawing. For instance, if you’re fairly adept at drawing but for the life of you, you can’t draw hands and you subject of interest must have hands, this is how you deal with the dilemma.

Simply fantastic and funny examples at a.viary.com.

Stumble of the Day

The Large Hadron Rap

Nothing like a rap song to teach you everything you wanted to know about the Large Hadron Collider, eh? This is a great geeky video.

Science

Neal Stephenson Once Again Proves He’s the King of the Worlds

Neal Stephenson has a new book to be released Sept 3 2008 (pre-order on Amazon).

Wired.com writes about Stephenson’s motivations and where the ideas came from for this 960 page novel.

Set on a planet called Arbe (pronounced “arb”), Anathem documents a civilization split between two cultures: an indulgent Saecular general population (hooked on casinos, shopping in megastores, trashing the environment—sound familiar?) and the super-educated cohort known as the avaunt, or “auts,” who live a monastic existence defined by intellectual activity and circumscribed rituals. Freed from the pressures of pedestrian life, the avaunt view time differently. Their society—the “mathic” world—is clustered in walled-off areas known as concents built around giant clocks designed to last for centuries. The avaunt are separated into four groups, distinguished by the amount of time they are isolated from the outside world and each other. Unarians stay inside the wall for a year. Decenarians can venture outside only once a decade. Centenarians are locked in for a hundred years, and Millennarians—long-lifespanners who are endowed with Yoda-esque wisdom—emerge only in years ending in triple zeros. Stephenson centers his narrative around a crisis that jars this system—a crisis that allows him to introduce action scenes worthy of Buck Rogers and even a bit of martial arts. It’s a rather complicated setup; fortunately, there’s a detailed timeline and 20-page glossary to help the reader decode things.

Entertainment, Word Geek

Link Dump 8/26/08

831361 (Random pic…nerd up)

Science

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity Climbing Out of Victoria Crater [NASA]

No bull! Cows have a built-in compass [MSNBC]

Caesarean babies more likely to develop diabetes [Science Blog]

DNA Barcodes: Are They Always Accurate? [Physorg]

Fun

Like An Egyptian [Savage Chicken]

Pink Beer from Asahi Japan [3yen]

25 Hairstyles of the Last 100 Years [The List Universe]

The 10 Most Shameless Product Placements in Movie History – [Cracked]

Dragonball Trailer Coming in October [Superhero Hype]

Tech

Use your treadmill to play WOW [SlashGear]

Reverse Engineering Can Resolve Conflict Between Standardization And Competition [Techdirt]

Introducing Ubiquity – An experiment into connecting the Web with language. [Mozilla Labs]

Red Hat, Fedora Servers Infiltrated By Attackers [OSNews]

Kindle fails to set light to unsold e-book pile [Register]

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