Discuss as:

Now... where was I?

Google Earth has a hidden flight simulator in it? Keyboard controls listed here. I thought I had the latest version of Google Earth from when I checked out their new Sky layer a couple weeks ago but I still had to go through a pretty heavy download.  Once I did that though, the Ctrl + Alt + A keystroke worked and I was in the air in a matter of seconds.  Of course, minutes later I was spinning out of control, narrowly avoiding crashing into the mountains.

Speaking of flying and Google maps, this mashup tracks inbound flights to major airports. Clicking on an airport name zooms in on that airport, but the really cool part is when you zoom out and see all the planes destined for that airport. And it auto-refreshes.

The St. Petersburg Times has a site called "PolitiFact" that checks the veracity of politicians' quotes. It has a magazine feel that makes it very easy to browse.

Anyone ever tried EasyWifiRadar? It looks like this would have been useful with my wifi dead zone problems last week. I was actually driving from block to block, parking, refreshing the list, finding nothing, drive to the next block, stop, refresh the list... madness.  I know they sell hand-held devices that tell you when a signal is near. Maybe I should shop for one of those.

Name that color - It's a colorwheel that also tells you the name of the color. I think in a lot of cases color names come from brands, so your Benjamin Moore paint color names aren't necessarily match your Crew catalog color names. Still, this is interesting.

Salon has published the Opus cartoons that a lot of newspapers thought were too offensive to Muslims to print.

Speaking of cultural gaps, "They don't think like us." This is one person's very blunt assessment of the essential components of Arab culture and how it differs from Western culture. Of course it's always opening a can of worms to make broad generalizations about a large group of people, but I do appreciate some straight talk on this subject. I don't recommend reading into the comments if you don't have a good mental filter for hate, however. (This appears to be the original.)

Many bloggers are accusing John Edwards of state nannyism for his idea of requiring everyone to go to the doctor. I also clicked Ann Althouse's reaction. I haven't been to a doctor in years.  I imagine being required to go would feel a lot like getting a jury duty notice.

Gangster daughter sheds light on Japan underworld

If Julian Beever did swimming pools...

A century of helicopters (photo slide show). Check out the Airscooter, slide 20.

"The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American officials." A long time ago I worked in a warehouse with a pretty rough crowd. One of the tales they liked to tell was of intimidating one of the managers by breaking into his car, moving it to a different parking spot, leaving an empty bag of chips inside and re-locking it. That's what this story reminds me of.

20 Simple Ways to Become a Bookworm - "If you're reading a lot of stuff online, you probably don't have enough time to read books."  Hmm.

Speaking of too much reading online, Commuter Click: "For the first time, Gore and his family talk about the effect of the press attacks on his campaign—and about his future plans—to the author, who finds that many in the media are re-assessing their 2000 coverage." I'll be interested to get to the re-assessing part because so far the coverage of 2008 looks a lot like the coverage of 2000.

Speaking of long form online, "In this one-off documentary, David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians - Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan ... all » Turing - whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide." It's an hour and a half long so save it for when there's nothing good on TV.

Panoramas.dk has 360 QTVR panoramas of the new 7 wonders of the world.

15 Stunning Images Using Blur to Portray Movement - "Stunning" might be a bit overboard, but the cool thing is that it says how long the exposures are on some of them.

Why you should discount all the bomb Iran talk - The short version is that the threat of war is not about intimidating Iran but about pushing European countries and the IAEA to crack down on Iran out of fear that the U.S. is crazy enough to start another war.

I love these eye tracking studies that show with heat maps and other graphics where a person's eyes looked at a page in order to gauge how effective the design is.