Pointless site of the week

http://www.digholes.com. Click on where you live, and this site will show you where you’d emerge if you dug a hole through the centre of the Earth. Puts paid to all those crappy English comics i read as a kid where they thought they’d come out in China – Invergargill, more like it!

Excuse the pun, but i really dig what people have been doing with Google Earth, and I commend Google for making that data available for others to mess around with. There are some really cool location-based services out there that just wouldn’t exist otherwise. For example…

http://www.chicagocrime.org. This one really freaked out my mother (I have a twin brother living in Chicago). This site plots all reported crime in the area on a map, and allows you to filter by crime type (e.g. murder one), or simply enter your address and see what’s been going on nearby.

Been pretty quiet in your neighborhood lately Dave – you been away?

Nothing travels faster than the speed of light…

… with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. Two Douglas Adams quotes in less than a week, but both strangely appropriate IMHO.

Earlier today I came across a report that Steve ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin had been killed in a freak accident while shooting a documentary near Port Douglas, Australia.

Ironically, it was a stingray that managed to succeed where pretty much all of the world’s deadliest species had failed at one time or another. What are the odds? (Pretty good I suppose, if you’re poking it with a stick and yelling ‘Look at this liddle byoody!’)

Far be it for me to make light of a tragedy, but I have to say I was amazed at how quickly the news spread and I’m not just talking about the news wires. Early on, before most news agencies had even picked up on the story and apparently before Steve’s widow had heard, Irwin’s WikiPedia obituary had been updated so many times that contributions were temporarily suspended.