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Tuesday,  05/20/03  11:45 PM

Saw The Matrix Reloaded tonight.  Was blown away.  Can't wait to see it again...

Bill Whittle has a new post: Magic.  If you're unfamiliar with Eject!Eject!Eject! please make time to click over; Bill is a premier long-form essay style blogger...

The most famous scientist of all time has his own website: The Einstein Archives online.  I can't say it is a great site; it only works in Windows IE, and there is no search!  Still, if you want to read the General Theory of Relativity paper in German, this is the place to go.

Apropos to my discussion of God and Beauty, consider the case of the Danish "art" display which featured goldfish inside working blenders.  Is this beautiful?  No.  Does this illustrate a beautiful idea?  No.  So, is this art?  No!  Sheesh.

Next up: art museum directors inside working blenders.  Now that would be art.

More on the Google / blogs discussion; turns out the NYTimes tells Google to get lost.  (For those of you unfamiliar with this technology, website's can have a file named robots.txt which tells "robots" like Google's search engine which pages not to visit.)  The NYT's file tells all robots to leave it alone.  Added to their 7-day link horizon, basically they are a non-source for search engine information.  No wonder blogs rate higher, and they should!

Microdoc News analyses the Dynamics of a Blogosphere story.

Sony has created a software add-on for their Aibo robot dog which enables owners to control their robotic pets via e-mail.  The dogs can also capture images with their "eyes" and send them wirelessly to nearby computer.

No word on whether the dogs will be able to blog :)

Intuit has announced it is dropping copy protection from TurboTax, following consumer backlash against the feature.  Business 2.0 calls this Intuit's Lesson for Microsoft and Hollywood.  This is an example of something Intuit does really well - listening to its customers.  And in this, Hollywood, particularly the RIAA and the MPAA, truly can learn a lesson.

Intuit's CEO Steve Bennett is on the cover of the latest Business 2.0 issue.  Nice story about he imported the process excellence philosophy from GE into a software company.  [ The story isn't online yet, sorry, no link. ]

In closing, we have the LAKS wristwatch USB disk drive.  I am not making this up.