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Wednesday, May 1 2002

Blogging on

It's ironic that a week or two after asserting here that I don't do much random web surfing, I've begun doing more of it. But there's a logical reason, as those of you who pay attention could have probably guessed. I've dicovered and been experimenting with Headline Viewer. That's ironic, too, in light of earlier protestations that I don't take in much news these days (compared to my 30's, when I read, clipped and filed two daily newspapers every day). That was true when I said it, but I've been reading more of it since beginning my own online national and international news service, Xnmp, the daily-updated web portal for "news that signifies." Though admittedly The Drudge Report is a good source even for the kinds of news my site prefers, his page has sometimes proven insufficient, so I've been looking for alternatives. I've found several.

The most exciting one is Headline Viewer. It's a self-contained web browser. As a browser, it doesn't look much like Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, but it executes a highly selective cross-section of things those tools perform. Part of my excitement is that Headline Viewer is free online, for a limited time, while it's in its test stages. It's complicated enough that I haven't had time to figure out what all it's capable of, but even in the form in which it's downloaded, it can—and does—find headlines from scores of news sources worldwide, through the worldwide web. The topics are broken down from world and international political and social news (which is headlined under "Dow Jones," even though the headlines from that link are not all from the Wall Street Journal or other Dow Jones publications), to narrower categories like regional news, science news, industries, software, hardware, the Internet, and, most relevant to our current topics, web logs, or blogs.

Links that appear in the navigation screen when you click web logs occasionally include both articles in established publications like Wired, Slate, and PC industry emags, and links to weblogs by both computer geeks, high school students trying to have fun online, and established journalists reporting from Pakistan and Afghanistan, London and Washington.

If you're interested in getting a broader perspective on world events and ideas, I recommend downloading Headline Viewer and taking it for a "test drive."

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Not necessarily funny, but perhaps amusing "facts"

16. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
17. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
18. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
20. "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

When we do not experience warfare, we ought to do much more to humble ourselves. For God, seeing our weakness, protects us; when we glorify ourselves, He withdraws his protection and we are lost.

Attributed to unknown desert fathers
Sent by Christopher Haas

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