Monthly Archives: July 2008

PresidentialWatch08: Mapping the Political Blogosphere

mapofthepoliticalblogospherjune2008 PresidentialWatch08: Mapping the Political Blogosphere

PresidentialWatch08 has mapped over 500 political blogs, including Blogs of War. Their innovative interface allows users to dig into the posting and linking trends of the political blogosphere. Be warned, you can kill a ton of time creating reports.

Presidential Watch 2008 is pleased to bring you the ultimate set of tools to see, hear and feel what citizens and supporters are saying on the Internet about the 2008 presidential elections.

Our non-partisan observatory of the 2008 netcampaign offers to monitor and analyze the important trends of the campaign, the opinions of citizens and the continuously evolving standings of the candidates taking part in the race, from the primaries to the final run-up.

The tools and the contents we provide should satisfy your private interest for politics. They will also give you great insight for your posts and articles on the presidential race.

Where is the debate happening ? What are the hot topics on the agenda ? Who’s making the news ? Who are the online community leaders ? Here are very simple and comprehensive ways you can answer these questions.


The Mars Phoenix Lander Confirms Presence of Water Ice

marspoenixwater The Mars Phoenix Lander Confirms Presence of Water Ice

Those are the relevant updates posted by the team on Twitter. It’s my favorite way to follow the mission. Nearly 30,000 people seem to agree.

Science News also has an update:

The Phoenix team was surprised to detect the water ice in the latest sample delivered to the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer instrument, or TEGA instrument, said William Boynton, a TEGA co-investigator from the University of Arizona, during a press briefing.

Delivering an ice-rich sample to one of TEGA’s eight ovens proved to be a challenge for the scientists for the past month. When the latest two attempts failed, the team instead decided to dig and dump a sample of soil taken from just above the ice layer.

The analysis of this sample, however, showed that “this was icy soil,” Boynton said. The results show that when the oven heated the soil, some of the sample melted at 0o Celsius — the melting point of ice.

Greyhound Canada: One Passenger Decapitates Another

Go Greyhound? I don’t think so:

As horrified travelers watched, a Greyhound Canada bus passenger repeatedly stabbed and then decapitated a young man who was sitting and sleeping beside him, a witness said Thursday.

“There was a bloodcurdling scream. I was just reading my book, and all of a sudden, I heard it,” Garnet Caton, who was sitting in front of the two men, said of the Wednesday night incident west of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

“It was like something between a dog howling and a baby crying, I guess you could say,” Caton said. “I don’t think it will leave me for a while.”

I drive by Houston’s Greyhound terminal daily. This story is less surprising after seeing the collection of characters that hang out around that place.

The victim has been identified as 22 year old Tim McLean. A Facebook group has been created in his memory.