Talk has recently focused on the passing of Norman Mailer, a novelist remembered for many things.[...]
In December 2005, how often did Wikipedia come up as the first search engine result in a given search? Just about never in Google’s case, and 7% of the time in Yahoo’s case. Now, Wikipedia is the first search result 27% of the time on Google and 31% of the time on Yahoo. Rather astounding.
The Economist has issued its predictions for the world in 2008, and here’s what they’re banking on: The Democrats, and particularly Hillary Clinton, narrowly win the upcoming presidential election. Meanwhile the United States, which has never met a bubble it doesn’t like, will get mired down with housing and credit problems.[...]
MIT has released a new search engine that draws on speech recognition technology and lets users search MIT audio & video lectures by keyword. For example, if you type “NASA” into the search box, the search results will include all of the instances where a speaker utters the word NASA in a recorded lecture.[...]
Below, you’ll find excerpts from TIME Magazine’s conversation with Stephen King. You can access the full interview here. King turns up the heat after the jump.
STEPHEN KING: So who’s going to be TIME Person of the Year?
TIME: I really don’t know, there’s a very small group of people who make that decision.
The answer is simple: Handbrake. This free, open source software (which works on MacOS X, Linux and Windows) makes it simple to load and watch DVDs on your video iPod. Here are some helpful instructions to get you started.[...]
The film that spoke to a generation of alienated youth during the 1960s is now 40 years old (and actually looking much tamer than it first did). To mark the occasion, a 40th anniversary collector’s edition DVD has been released, filled with a good amount of extra materials.[...]
WNYC’s latest On The Media (iTunes – Feed – Site) covers the crisis of traditional book publishing in a new media age. While Amazon rolls out the Kindle and more and more content comes out in pure digital form, we’re still publishing more books than ever before.[...]
Funny and yet it counts as science.
Chris Hardwick and Rainn Wilson, star of The Office, “dive deep into the chemical guts of a common household product” to discover “What’s Inside.” For more information, visit http://www.pbs.