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Archive for August, 2006

agassi shines at U.S. Open

while one part of the world’s television audience watched the 2006 Emmys, admired or critiqued red carpet fashions and argued or agreed with the awards, a brilliant opening night for tennis was witnessed by a capacity crowd in the newly renamed USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. the largest public tennis court in the world, also home to the U.S. Open , is the first major sports facility named in honor of a woman athlete, and one who was a pioneer in the sport, womens and gay rights.

however, for me, and part of the other television audience who are his fans, the highlight of the evening was the match of the andres in the Arthur Ashe Stadium. andre agassi faced the younger andrei pavel, who had remembered winning against him years before.

known for his flamboyance on the court, he has never missed an Open for 21 years. he is also known for giving back to his own community, even more flamboyant las vegas. as his wife, wimbledon champ steffi graf, and family members looked on, agassi overcame long-term back pain and, nearly matched ace for ace and fighting through three tiebreakers, gave the
crowd an exciting ending to the first evening of his last US Open in the style of a true, legendary court champion.

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birthdays of note

sometimes it takes me a while to get around to writing about a subject i intended to address, largely either because i get sidetracked by my day job, suffer a brain freeze moment or the cable goes down…as it has been several times since this time last week! i hate what progress is doing to our once quite, semi-rural neighborhood!

a few birthdays, historic milestones and other fun stuff:

this year

the World Wide Web – 06 Aug 1991

Gidget turns 60 – Kathy Kohner, the original inspiration for popular surfer girl from the 1960’s, is 66 this year, while Sally Field, the actress who played Gidget, turned 60

this month

25 Aug

  • 1940 – 1st parachute wedding
  • and 26, 1944 – Paris liberated – the US 4th Infantry and the French 2nd Armored
    divisions marched down the Champs d’Elysees after the Germans
    surrendered the city
  • 1945 – Jewish immigrants are permitted to leave Mauritius for Palestine
  • 1963 – Paul McCartney is fined œ31 & 1 yr suspended license for speeding

do you have some favorite milestones to note?

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universal downsizing

is nothing safe from downsizing? apparently not, as scientists have decided that pluto isn’t really a planet after all. this follows the recent discovery of additional heavenly bodies in our solar system. so, pluto is ‘dead,’ leaving us with only 8 of the 9 original planetary lineup we learned about as kids. read the story

i don’t care; i really loved astronomy and gazing at the stars from the college observatory, and i’m still going to watch the night skies with awe.

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reality checks

my college economics courses were enough to put anyone to sleep, to say nothing of the monotonous droning of our very esteemed and much sought after professor, focusing back in those predictable days upon supply and demand. my, how times have changed, especially since the first gulf war. today’s offering is my short collection of reality checks:

Freakonomics takes a controversial, realistic look at today’s economy, the authors choosing to weigh the effects of Roe v. Wade upon lower crime rates, or how reading to your children makes them better learners.

a year ago, the gulf coast suffered the worst hurricane disaster in a century and spike lee takes us inside the devastation of new orleans with his 4-part HBO documentary, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.”

president bush iterates that iraq had nothing to do with 9/11/01. that’s actually correct; the events of 9/11 had everything to do with waging war on the very real threat of terrorism against this country and anyone who happens to want to live here. frankly, i think the second gulf war has been a matter of previously unfinished business and putting the sadistic madman, saddam hussein, out of business. can you spell ‘oil?’

it will cost you more in time and expense to travel, at least for the immediate term, while airport security in the u.s. and u.k. is increased. have you ever wondered why it takes a number of deaths or being within a hair’s breath of disaster before officials take preventive action? it’s like taking the attitude of waiting until your teeth fall out to floss them.

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web2 so 2005

as we defined the web by how we share information, so has the web defined how we share that information through the efforts of, as my colleague refers to them, ‘magic web fairies’ working in the background to provide the delivery methods named by jumbles of consonants and mysterious monikers.

web2 – veni, vidi, vici: but, has it become so 2005 that we’re ready for the next transmutation? maybe, maybe not. at some astronomical rate, we’re still in the discovery phase of social media. at the same time, there are those among us geek freaks who are freaking us out at how freakin’ fast they’re pushing toward web3.

meanwhile, here’s another one of my random collections of hot topics on the web: social media, mostly, but not entirely, by non-freakin-geeks:

apophenia
:: making connections where none previously existed

the nextnet25: the vanguards of a new web revolution

social bookmarking tool comparison: the landscape of tools (for non-profits)

7 things you should know about…Social Bookmarking (html version)

a list apart: web 3.0 (where web2 is so 2005)

and on the right: ma.gnolia: building and sharing my social bookmarks

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movie: the world trade center

this is not one of those movies you leave saying you loved it. oliver stone’s portrayal of two new york port authority survivors under the collapsed towers of the world trade center is at once riveting, emotional and respectful. you will be horrifed, and be brought to tears. you will find it uncomfortable to laugh at the few lighthearted moments, and you will want to applaud at the end. you will be shaken by your memories of that horrifying day, and you will want to hold those closest to your heart as tightly as you can.

you will leave this movie exhausted, and reminded that we, as a country, made a vow to never forget. fate kept my family safe that day; that, alone, i can never forget.

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what’s the buzz

a random collection of hot topics on the web today:

america’s newest millionaire talent is an 11-year-old girl with a huge voice, bianca ryan. will she get a record deal to boot?

karr has no klass, connection in the murders, that is.

if faith brings little more than violence and social depravity to prosperous developed countries, then the least degenerate country is japan where less than 10% believe in god and rates of teenage pregnancy are lowest – god would be an atheist

animator vs. animation by alanbecker – flash hilarity

my son is a moron – best of craigslist

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i really should have kept the link to a report that most bloggers aren’t in this for the audience, but for personal expression. the other day, a friend and i chatted about why we blog about what we do. in addition to this one, i have a blog for the students of my online college courses in php. while my friend likes to write about things web, i like to opine about whatever hits my fancy. after all, we deal with enough technical and web issues at work!