July 31, 2004
"Iron Mike" Melts in 4th Round
In a terribly sad and disappointing performance, Mike Tyson lost last night's fight with Danny Williams. "I told you that Mike Tyson had become a myth and that I would expose him," said Williams, "and the moment I knew I was right came in the third round. I could feel him weakening, I had taken his best shots and I was still around and growing stronger. My plan was to box him, but when he landed some big shots in the first round, I said to myself, 'Let's go to war'." Williams waged it so effectively that Tyson's last scenario of hope - a seven-fight comeback trail which would pay off $40 million worth of debt and return him to the heavyweight title he first won as a 20-year-old - swiftly joined all the other debris of a tortured life. From The Independent.
Advice to avoid copyright litigation
"As the recording industry tries in unprecedented fashion to enforce copyright laws against individual consumers, legal experts say people can take several steps to try to avoid costly litigation." From SFGate.com
Is it Art, or is it Arab Art?
"As young Middle East talent wins global acclaim, some chafe at stereotyping." From the Christian Science Monitor.
Francis Crick, RIP
"Francis H. C. Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, the genetic blueprint for life, and the leading molecular biologist of his age, died Wednesday night in a hospital in San Diego. He was 88." From the NY Times. And here's an obituary from the BBC.
Contact with ET Within 20 Years
"If intelligent life exists elsewhere in our galaxy, advances in computer processing power and radio telescope technology will ensure we detect their transmissions within two decades. That is the bold prediction from a leading light at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View, California." From New Scientist.
Constantine Cavafy wrote this in 1904. It was one of Edward W. Said's favorite poems, and was read beautifully at his funeral by his daughter, Najla, which is where I first heard it. In this time of daily terror alerts and fear-mongering, it seems we are all still "Waiting for the Barbarians".