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AOL Searches for Nazi Gold

One of my favorite stories to come out last week revolved around AOL’s search for (neo-)Nazi gold in a quiet Boston suburb – Medfield, MA.

AOL plans to dig around Hawke’s parents’ house in Medfield, contending that Hawke buried gold and platinum bars there. AOL is trying to collect a $12.8 million judgment the company won against Hawke last year when a federal judge found that Hawke’s online pill and trinket business violated state and federal laws against spam.

Boston Globe, August 17th

I graduated Medfield High School in 1998 (I do not know the spammer, though, he graduated from neighboring Westwood) and my parents live a few streets over from the loot. Time to get the shovel…

Google Maps Mobile

So, I was playing around with Google Maps Mobile on Ken’s broadband phone Friday evening and was really impressed. This could save me from some real pickles!
One major gripe I have with Google Maps is the way it decides to hide street names based upon zoom level. This turns out to be a real PITA when you are stumbling the streets in a new area, depending upon a printout you made on your rush out the door.

Last year, for example, I was meeting some friends in Kingston on Thames – a lovely borough outside London, but one I’d never been to. On my way leaving work I printed this map to allow me to get from the train station to the pub where I was meeting them.

Well, needless to say, I got completely, utterly, lost. I couldn’t find a single street name on this map and ended up abandoning any hope of Google showing the way and instead asked some friendly locals.

Now, compare to the same map from streetmap.co.uk and you’ll see a huge difference. The streetmap.co.uk map actually manages to squeeze every single streetname onto the map, as well as useful landscape features, buildings, etc. Had I used this map I should have quite easily been able to find my way from the rail station in the upper right hand quadrant to the pub (marked with an arrow about 500 meters away) in a snap. But, no, I was stuck with an absolutely useless printout on a wild goose chase in the streets of Kingston on Thames.

So, yes, Google Maps might be slick with its AJAX-enabled and satellite imagery overlay goodness…but it doesn’t help when reduced to dead trees.

Which leads us to…Google Maps Mobile. This thing looks like it might be the answer! I played around with Ken’s for a while, and although the interface takes a bit of getting used to, for the most part it works just like the regular version.

Eagerly then I decided to input the O’neills pub in Kingston to see if this would have saved the day. You can imagine my disappointment, then, when I saw this:

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An Update!

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Stay tuned.

Timezone Peculiarities

I just had a minor freakout trying to figure out how a number of servers I maintain running London time suddenly started reporting time Eastern +6 hrs (instead of +5 as it usually is). Had the daily sync with the NTP server gone wrong? Were my clocks wrong? Am I going crazy?

Then, of course, I bothered to look at the timezone code, noticed it had switched from GMT to BST, and realized clocks in England today switch to BST (British Summer Time).

I always wondered why daylight savings times have to switch on completely different dates/times all over the world. For example, this year BST starts at March 26 01:00 GMT, whereas most of America will switch to Daylight time on April 2 at 02:00 LST (local standard time).

The answer appears to be that convention is dictated by governments, and before the Uniform Time Act of 1966 in the US, this even went down to the state level. Indiana, a state split into two different timezones, used to have some counties in both timezones practicing DST and others not (this is finally being resolved this year when the entire state starts following DST).

It’s a real mess trying to keep track of all this. Can’t we just get some international body to decide all this stuff?

Wikipedia

New Funktasia Mix

Funktasia – “Spring Cleaning” 55min
Rocking, Funky/Club House

Now available, click here.

Coldplay – Talk (Thin White Duke Rmx)
ATFC presents One Phat Deeva – In and Out of My Life
LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations (Tiga Rmx)
Funk Agenda & Dave Oldershaw – Square Funkin
Jerry Ropero & Denis the Menace – Coracao
Olav Basoski – Waterman (Trophy Twins Pop Goes The Vox Mix)
Basement Jaxx – Do Your Thing (Robbie Rivera Rmx)
Mousse T Feat Emma Lanford – Right About Now (Fuzzy Hair Vocal)
Alanis Morissette – Crazy (Interstate Rmx)

Enjoy.

Coachella or Bust

Having been spoiled with some of the finest summer music festivals the past few years in England, I’ve gone ahead and booked up for this year’s Coachella festival in Indio, California.

The lineup looks pretty rocking – Depeche Mode, Daft Punk (who almost never play out), Sigur Ros, Massive Attack, Bloc Party, and on and on. I can already tell some tough decisions will have to be made and/or some frantic dashing around the various stages.

And, unlike the last Glastonbury, I’m sure the desert sun will be more of an issue than pouring rain.

Alexadex.com

This site really is just too much fun.

Google Fun

This seems to be shooting through the blogosphere at high velocity, but in case you haven’t seen it, yet:

  1. Go to Google
  2. Type in French Military Victories
  3. Hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button

2006

Happy New Years! An apology to anyone that’s had trouble contacting me recently, here are my feeble excuses:

  1. My dear, aging, albeit still very cool, cell phone went completely kaput on New Year’s Day.
  2. Ever since changing Microsoft Passport email addresses, MSN Messenger either hides me from my contacts or my contacts from me. If you are ever considering changing your MSN Passport / Messenger email and ID I would suggest you reconsider. It’s seriously aggrevating.
  3. I’ve also been ridiculously busy with work (when it rains, it pours). ‘Tis the season for online health and weight loss, especially with all those pesky New Years Resolutions.

My resolution, then, you ask? Simple. Stop sleeping.

Festivus…for the rest of us.

Just a quick one to wish everyone a very merry Christmas!


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