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Author and military blogger Matt Burden of Blackfive calls attention to an unusual blog on last week’s New York Times Opinion page.

“And the Pursuit of Happiness” about American democracy was written and illustrated by Maira Kalman, artist, author and designer. The blog appears on the last Friday of each month.

Google Wave

Twitterers were atwitter this weekend about Google Wave, a project to rework e-mail, instant messaging, document sharing and blogging which was introduced at Google’s Developer Conference held in San Francisco.

Set for launch later this year, Wave users will be able to communicate via e-mail in an instant message method, offering them an option to watch the keystrokes as they are typed into the message box. E-mail messages will have a playback feature that lets you rewind to see who said what and when. Drag and drop features will let you include documents, images, etc. in your message. Wave transmits live as you type, allowing you to have faster conversations, see edits, interact with extensions in real-time, and embed in your blog or website page. Twitterers can tweet on Wave. Does that make it “Twave”?

“PC Magazine also looks at Google Wave.

Twitter TV?

“What are you doing? That’s the question Twitterers answer in 140 characters or less. What’s Twitter doing? Might be a TV series with the makers of The Sopranos and American Gladiators. They’ve reportedly come up with a program concept but they’re not tweeting the details yet. Reveille Productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners have developed an unscripted series based on the popular site. Once a network deal is signed, producers say they’re ready to go into production. Imagine the ratings! Twitter, founded in 2007, is one of the Internet’s fastest-growing sites. A recent Nielsen report found that unique visitors to Twitter zoomed from 475,000 during February 2008 to 7 million a year later.

Clever designs

A collection of logos with subtle and hidden messages. Be sure to check out the sidebar logo category.

Saving videos

“Save those vids in case they’re scrubbed from the Internet!

Firefox browser users installing DownLoadHelper extension makes it capable to save to your hard drive any .FLV video file published at YouTube. This will ensure you have a local hard copy if a video gets scrubbed. You know you want to.

History of Monday

“A History of Money from Ancient Times to Today” takes a look at the root of evil and the engine that runs the world.

While you’re counting your change, take a look at this YouTube video clip about money from the 1976 movie “Network.” If I only had a nickel for the 29,239 times it’s been viewed…

Circling the globe

Around the world in 80 minutes?

Want to see the world, but maybe you don’t have the time or funds? Console yourself with a virtual tour via Google Earth’s 360 Cities. Google Earth and 360 Cities’ thousands and thousands of high resolution, interactive panoramas take you to locations around the globe. When you open Google Earth, click ‘Gallery’ in the layers window and then select 360Cities. As you navigate the world, you’ll see the 360 Cities icons wherever Google has panoramas.

Moving backwards

Welcome to all things retro.

This site is like a time machine that takes you back through the decades to the beginning of the 20th century, where you’ll see what folks’ were eating or wearing, how they entertained themselves, and what was happening in the world. TV shows, movies, music, fashions, food, arcade game, places, school – it’s all here. A fascinating destination during your surfing safari.

Seeking a diversion

More fun stuff when you need a diversion! Poodwaddle gives you dozens of games, an MP3 search, loads of free resources, a world clock with real time figures showing world population by country, deaths, energy, U.S. crimes, food production, and much more almanac-type information. Find your age in years, months, days, minutes, or seconds. Find practically anything. This site will eat up your time!

America’s Most Wanted

This official government website contains lists of national offenders, missing children, a sex offender registry, “most wanted” by organizations like the ATF, DEA, EPA, FBI, Interpol, Secret Service, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Marshall and U.S. Postal Inspection. Tabs provide additional information for businesses, non-profits, government employees, and visitors to the U.S. A valuable site for all sorts of government info. This is an amazing resource, with transparency!

Most watched

Most watched videos

Most Viewed: Firefox TV

Entertainment: Britain’s Got Talent

“News and Politics: President Obama Stops for Lunch

Sports: Top 10 Goals – 2009 NHL Conference Finals

Getting organized

Suppose “we the people” created a virtual line item veto. Suppose we could display our feelings “live” as more and more of the stimulus package emerges from the back rooms of Congress. Welcome to Voice Votes, a conservative website that is organizing grass-roots movements in all 50 states to discuss and vote on key issues. The results of these votes will be submitted to the appropriate Congressional reps. Are you game?

Compatibility

Are faith and science compatible? The Discovery Institute has launched “Faith and Evolution,” a website that provides accurate information about evolution and intelligent design. The site will help people explore both science and the implications of Darwin’s theory for ethics, theology, and culture.

John West, Senior Fellow at The Discovery Institute says, “The purpose of the site is to provide information and resources to pastors, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, church elders, and others in the faith community.”

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