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Finally, a semi-conclusive answer to my oft-nagging question: that or which?

http://www.dianahacker.com/writersref/subpages_language/thatwhich.html

My former employer AOL isn't doing enough (or anything, really) to improve Netscape.com, it seems. The page has had its flat, boring, uptight corporate look for over two years now (and no; the massively failed, defunct, totally CVS-removed, Flash-based horrific Netscape Comet 2.0/Netcenter didn't count!)

What _is_ AOL doing with its Netscape brand? Internally, they always strived to us employees how important a monetizing brand it was, so I have to wonder why they facelifted AOL.com nicely while Netscape.com languishes.

Here's how AOL operated in some of their divisions:
1) Mock up some really extravagent, one-size-fits-all idea
2) Present said idea to some top executive who has no idea about implementation and time-to-market
3) When said executive receives feasibility objections from top engineers, ignore said engineers and push the timeline

I'm betting that this happened with Netscape.com, too. I don't believe it was Jeremy Liew's fault. From what I saw and my talks with the folks over at CompuServe (who held the Netscape.com "keys",) Jeremy was deeply involved with the Netscape brand, and was truly attempting to inject excitement and vision into a flagging portal.

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Anybody who reads Dan Brown and thinks he's erudite should *please* go read some Umberto Eco.

To be fair to Dan Brown, though, I'm not sure what he would bill himself as; would he dare to even compare himself to the aforementioned professor of semiotics?.

I'll concede: Eco's writing at times (okay, throughout, really) exists to demonstrate his playfulness with language, symbols, and references. But then again, so too does Brown, if only all the more briefly, many times incorrectly, and with a lack of depth that so characterizes his work. Brown is the beach-reading version of a smart novel.

Where Eco probably would make Derrida smile, Brown's body of work wouldn't even evoke a pursing of his lips.

This public service announcement brought to you by the Dan-Brown-Has-Way-Too-Much-Undeserved-Publicity-Organization.

Back in 1994, when ER first premiered, I was a sophomore in high school, and I didn't care less that Michael Crichton had fashioned a medical drama.

But now, as I'm watching the show from its first episodes all the way through, I find myself addicted. Everything about it rings a presounding sense of realism.

I am so underwhelmed by Lost's season two finale tonight. Boy, howdy. What a flub.

Hello? Writers? Producers? Where are the polar bears? Where's Danielle Rousseau? Where's the monster? Again, what's the injection for? Why are they doing experiments? What is the significance of the black and white stones? Those Adam and Eve skeletons in the water of the cave: what's the significance there? Walt has powers, right? Why can't we find out a little more about Walt? Sigh.

The show will continue in its viewer atrophy; it literally has stopped being compelling. Although I'll continue to watch in expectation of answers (full-knowing that I won't get hardly any,) I'm looking around for a new show to get attached to.

Thank goodness Prison Break is still interesting.

Lost's season finale is over, Alias has finished its entire run, House is over for the season, as are Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy.

What am I supposed to watch on broadcast TV now? (No cable.)

Invasion has been cancelled from at least the ABC network; its last episode is tonight.

Lost's episode tonight should be pretty tantilizing.

Qwest has announced its intent to acquire OnFiber, too.

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Tons to blog about; all good!

I am honored to announce that I am working for WorkForceLogic on behalf of Google, Inc. on its search engine as a Quality Rater.

The position is extremely flexible, and so far lets me juggle my 6-week summer Geology class and the job.

The Hanso Foundation has its website updated now!

Interesting: another novel about Edgar Allen Poe's mysterious demise, this time from The Dante Club author Matthew Pearl.

The Poe Shadow.

The Lighthouse at the End of the World by Stephen Marlowe already tackled this mystery, but it'll be interesting--if/when I find the time--to see what Pearl came up with. His Dante Club was no major literary genius, in my mind.

Trying to keep on top of finals, so I'm writing up my two-page English study guide for tomorrow's essay test.

Today I finished Intro to American Politics (yay!) and I think I did quite well on the final--got a 94% on my paper there, too.

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