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Wednesday, June 19, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Beam me up Scottie!

Australian scientists claim teleporting success - June 17, 2002

CANBERRA, Australian (Reuters) -- In a breakthrough out of the realms of Star Trek, scientists in Australia have successfully teleported a laser beam of light from one spot to another in a split second but warn: don't sell the car yet. A team of physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) announced on Monday they had successfully disembodied a laser beam in one location and rebuilt it in a different spot about one meter away in the blink of an eye.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

It may sound a bit like an "Internet Boom Market" thing, but I think MEETUP is a cool idea. Nothing too fancy, just a smart way to leverage the Internet. It is very a simple idea ... good ones often are.

MEETUP helps groups of people with shared interests to meetup in local cafes (and other places) around the world.


Tuesday, June 18, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Tiger Woods wins the 102nd U.S. Open, becoming the first player since Jack Nicklaus, in 1972, to win the first two majors of the year. Go Ti-guh!

Monday, June 17, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

I really do love the US Open. This year, it is even more special, as it is being played on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, just outside of NYC in Farmingdale, NY. Some call the Black Course A.W. Tillinghast's greatest. Not having played all his others, I'm not quite sure. One thing is for sure: It is a spectacular track, and I feel lucky to have been able to play it a few times.

I played there a *ton* last summer. God knows it kicked my ass. Best score in 7 rounds? A whopping 84. I learned that my grandfather used to play there quite a bit when he lived on Long Island. I would have liked to have played a round there with him ...

The course is in perfect condition, especially since the USGA started pumping $$$ into the course for the Open. The greens are pretty flat, but they will be very fast, and the course is looooong. With the rough at US Open length, it will be a real test. On the front 9, my favorites are the par-5 4th hole and the par-4 5th. Both are intimidating as hell and require perfect tee shots as well as accurate approaches. Otherwise, you're dead.

I must admit, though, that there is something special about the 1st tee ... The tee box is elevated, so you've got a great view of the ball as it makes its way to the corner of the dogleg (or into the weeds). However, the really cool thing about the 1st tee is that is backs up onto the clubhouse, the 18th green and the main walkway of the Black and Yellow courses. There is also the sign above, located next to the stairs leading to the box, trying to intimidate you out of your game. Plus, the sense of anticipation before playing the course is quite unique. You *know* you're in for something special. Bunches of people tend to mill around that area, so when you smack a nice one, it really feels pretty damn good. It is an incredible way to start a round.

On the back nine, the 12th is a challenge, and 15 through 18 are as good a test of golf as it gets. Once the leaders cross the road on Sunday to the 15th tee, the real drama will begin. The 15th green is especially severe.

U.S. Open Pairings And Tee Times
Pairings and starting times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open Thursday (June 13) and Friday (June 14) at the par 35-35-70, 7,214-yard, Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in Farmingdale, N.Y.
source: Newsday

Black Beauty
by Leonard Shapiro, contributing writer, GOLF MAGAZINE

Bethpage: Course Layout
source: Newsday (375K)

US Open 2002 : Player Profiles
source: ESPN

What & who to watch for at the U.S. Open & GOLFONLINE's Sal Johnson:

The 15th Hole ... "All it needs is a windmill ..."
source: Newsday

How the Open Came to the People
by Bill Pennington, Ney York Times

I love this pic ... Olazabal swinging his driver in the Bethpage parking lot ... just like the other hacks.
source: US Open, official site

Bethpage By The Numbers
source: US Open, official site

Super Killer U.S. Open Quiz
Think you know everything there is to know about the toughest national championship in the world? Try our 15-question brainteaser. And please, no wagering
By Gary Van Sickle and Sal Johnson

US Open Trivia
So you think you have some smarts when it comes to U.S. Open history? If you're up to the challenge, we've got the test for you. Take our U.S. Open Trivia Challenge and see how much you really know.
from: Golfweb & Sportsline

US Open (official site)

U.S. Open Live Webcast
For the second consecutive year, USOPEN.COM will provide a live, two-day Webcast. This year, the site will feature unprecedented two-hole coverage of the 3rd (205-yard, par 3) and 14th (161-yard, par 3) holes.

Golf Magazine & CNN Sports Illustrated: US Open Coverage

New York Times: US Open Special Coverage

New York Newsday: US Open Section

ESPN: US Open Coverage

Golfweb/CBS Sportsline: US Open ceverage

Golf Digest: US Open special section

Monday, June 10, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Q&A with
June 6, 2002, by Erin Joyce

This one might qualify as a meta-blogger story. Web logger Mike Everett-Lane was obsessing the way every blogger does: checking his Blog site logs to see who was reading and referring to his online journal.

Friday, June 07, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Responding to Uncertainty: The View from Europe
Knowledge @ Wharton / Insead, June 5 - 18, 2002

Globalization; technological change; market volatility; accounting fraud; shareholder revolts; recession; deregulation; terrorism. These days the corporate environment presents challenges that, as recently as a year ago, few business leaders were prepared for, trained for, or could have planned for.

To address the themes of risk and uncertainty, Wharton and INSEAD held an Economic Forum May 16 and 17, 2002, in Paris that drew together global leaders from business, government and academia. In our coverage of the Forum, we present insights from a number of speakers on how to best manage both the chaos and the opportunity that are part of the new business reality.

Thursday, June 06, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

USD $10 Million for some fries ... Now that's a Supersize!

McDonald's to pay $10M to vegetarians
Reuters, June 5, 2002

NEW YORK - McDonald's Corp. said it will pay $10 million to Hindu, vegetarian and other groups as part of a settlement of lawsuits charging that the fast-food chain failed to disclose that it had used beef flavoring in its French fries.

Wednesday, June 05, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Looks like Sotheby's may be putting itself on the auction block ...

Alfred Taubman, the former chairman of Sotheby's who was sentenced in April to a year and a day in prison for his role in a price-fixing scheme with his counterpart at the archrival Christie's, said yesterday that he was working with Sotheby's officials to explore a possible sale or merger of the auction house or the sale of his stake. In a filing yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Taubman said he would not sell his Sotheby's shares for 90 days without the company's consent.

Go to Article from The New York Times

Go to Article from The Financial Times

Mr. Taubman may sell his controlling stake in the auction house to French billionaire Bernard Arnault, according to The New York Post. Mr. Arnault, who runs the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, has long expressed an interest in buying Sotheby's.

Go to Article from The New York Post

Tuesday, June 04, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

Rumor on the street was that their "Surround Sessions" went over pretty well. I thought that the idea was pretty innovative. While I can't say that this "new" format is very innovative, I do think it is a good idea. However, I'm wondering if everything will be fixed to an EST time standard - I've seen that done before and it is pretty lame. For the US Pacific and International crowds, it sucks. Debuts Dayparts
June 3, 2002
By Christopher Saunders

Following up on the launch of its "surround sessions" advertising units last year, the New York Times' (NYSE:NYT) online unit now is bringing time-based ad sessions to the Internet -- importing another traditional broadcast concept.

The new ad format, dubbed "site sessions," enable to feature a single advertiser in exclusive placements across all of its major ad positions for a specific period of time. The format's inaugural advertiser, American Airlines (NYSE:AMR), will appear from 9 a.m. Eastern time to 10 a.m., from Monday through Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 04, 2002   permalink to archived copy   DiggIt     0  comments

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