Montage-a-google launcher

“Montage-a-google is a simple web-based app that uses Google’s image search to generate a large gridded montage of images based on keywords (search terms) entered by the user. Not only an interesting way of browsing the net, it can also be used to create desktop pictures or even posters (see examples below – more coming soon).”

Clever Canines

Domestication Made Dogs Smarter: “Mr. Cs?nyi’s team has been studying canine cognition for the past decade and, in the process, has built a body of experimental evidence that suggests dogs have far greater mental capabilities than scientists have previously given them credit for. ‘Our experiments indicate a high level of social understanding in dogs,’ he says.

In their relationship with humans, dogs have developed remarkable interspecies-communications skills, says Mr. Cs?nyi. ‘They easily accept a membership in the family, they can predict social events, they provide and request information, obey rules of conduct, and are able to cooperate and imitate human actions,’ he says. His research even suggests that dogs can speculate on what we are thinking.” (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

PBS Caves Further

Remember the recent Postcards from Buster flap? Now, in what certainly appears to be a continuing trend toward Republican appeasement, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has removed president and CEO Kathleen Cox after nine months in office. Her interim replacement is the former FCC chief operating officer “whose primary legacy is his longtime lobbying to relax the rules regulating corporate media expansion.” (Salon)

Democrats Block Bolton Vote

“President Bush’s drive to make John R. Bolton the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations got sidetracked Wednesday as Senate Democrats forced a delay until next week of an important confirmation vote.

In buying time, they hoped to win over a pivotal Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, by amassing evidence that Bolton harassed U.S. officials who challenged his judgment on weapons issues.” (AP)