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Great use for the web. Create and publish a reading list, sharing books that matter to you. “Find others who share your tastes or…expand your horizons…Make new friends and start great conversations.” Trouble is, I’m not sure I want to be part of a virtual community based on people who have read the same books I have. (Did Groucho Marx say that?)

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Recent research had turned the paleontological world on its head by indicating intermingling and perhaps even interbreeding of Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon human ancestors. Now a new study using DNA derived from Neanderthal tissue samples concludes that we do not have Neanderthal in our bloodlines. [BBC]

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Thanks to Jorn Barger for pointing us to this: Gillian Anderson’s first journalistic assignment is interviewing David Duchovny! ‘But maybe we should have therapy for long-running

series actors. It’d be good for the cast of “Friends” to

have group therapy. We’d have couples therapy,

because we’re not an ensemble…(W)e do spend so

much time together, and it’s a hard relationship to

navigate. As soon as I say, “No, we don’t see each

other after work,” then it’s “You hate each other.”‘

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The saga of BlowTheDotOutYourAss.com:

“The Sams aren’t trying to

stop the Internet from ruining San Francisco; they just want to

remind people how absurd it is to work like a dog, in a city

that is quickly forgetting leisure and humor, for a company

that’s revolutionizing something as inconsequential as how

you purchase toothpaste.” [Salon]

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Planets for Dessert

On April 6, 2000, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the

Moon will put on a delightful after-dinner sky show.

The quartet will

converge inside a circle just 9 degrees across. To admire the display, simply go outside after dinner on April 6 and look toward

the southwest sky. Around 8 p.m. local daylight savings time the slender crescent

moon will be easy to spot about 30 degrees above the horizon. The brightest

nearby “star” will be Jupiter. At magnitude -2.1, the giant planet is 8 times

brighter than Saturn, which glows pale yellow less than 3 degrees west of the

Moon. Mars will lie a scant 1.1 degrees north of Jupiter. The red planet

(magnitude 0.3) will be about 3 times fainter than Saturn (magnitude 1.4).

The article on this conjunction also includes a discussion on the May 5, 2000 grand conjunction of the moon and five planets. Will it be apocalyptic, as some predict?