Thursday, February 28, 2008


This month a boat propelled only by waves will start on a journey from Hawaii to Japan, which will be a world record if successful. There are a few solar panels to power running lights and radio, but no sail or motor.

The EU is going to start treating net censorship as a trade barrier.

Google is setting up tools for building web sites.

CBS picked up the pilot of Mythological X, which is about a woman who goes searching for the man she is destined to marry after a psychic tells her she has already dated him. It is based on an Israeli series, and will be adapted by Veronica Mars alum Diane Ruggiero. More details here.

The Star Trek: Phase II webisode "World Enough and Time" (written by Michael Reaves and Marc Zicree and starring George Takei) got a Nebula nomination for screenplay and is being pushed for a Hugo nomination. Michael Reaves is undergoing surgery for Parkinson's disease so severe he can't type or speak, so a nomination would be a great emotional booster for his recovery (according to the letter in Neil Gaiman's blog today). Watch the episode here.

A 10-year-old girl from Montana has won the planetary mnemonic contest. The 11 planets (including the 3 newly designated dwarf planets) will be taught by "My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants".

Javascript performance tests show that Firefox 3 will be much faster. Now if it was just ready for release already. has new maps of the moon.

An Eskimo village in Alaska is suing oil companies over global warming. They are going to have to relocate their community.

DVR for tonight:
9pm Lost

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