November 5, 2013 |
On Monday I wrote about my amateur sleuthing attempts to uncover the truth behind the Google Mystery Barge . (Spoiler alert: I failed. But did find some interesting clues.) But one of the fun things about this story is pondering just what the heck Google is doing. Because with Google, there's the feeling that it could be anything. WATCH: Unboxing the Google Nexus 5 smartphone [Video chat] Before I get to guesses that readers made, there's one aspect that came up in the reporting, but that I didn't discuss in the story.
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November 3, 2013 |
As authorities filed murder charges against the suspect in the LAX shooting rampage, they were also trying to determine a possible motive. Paul Anthony Ciancia , 23, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic, grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Pennsville Township, N.J., where his father runs an auto body shop. The success of Salem County Collision afforded the family beach vacations, private school tuition for their children and renovations to their stately home, said longtime family friend Alan Levitsky.
November 3, 2013 |
If it weren't for Google trying to cover it up, the old sea-worn barge stacked four stories high with customized shipping containers may not have become an object of global fascination. But Google being Google with all its out-there projects - many ripped from the pages of sci-fi bestsellers - the secrecy behind the barge has taken on a life of its own. Google isn't saying anything, and having guards shoo away prying eyes has only added to the mystery. Since the barge was discovered 10 days ago, my imagination has raced through mind-blowing possibilities.
November 2, 2013
Malcolm Gladwell's new book, "David and Goliath," arrogantly assumes that modern readers understand the data in the Bible better than those who provided it, and insupportably attributes the biblical giant Goliath's defeat to a medical disorder, wrote Joel S. Baden and Candida Moss in their Op-Ed article Thursday. In response, readers rose to Gladwell's defense. Of the 16 who wrote letters, all but one took his side (and the one that didn't, see below, wasn't kind to Baden and Moss either)
November 1, 2013 |
When I was in Korea a few weeks ago, I fell in love with something called tteok galbi , hand-chopped beef short ribs mixed with vegetables, aromatics, sometimes even pork, then grilled over a hot charcoal fire. Tteok is the Korean word for rice cake, but the patties are so called because they look a little like rice cakes, not because they include rice among their ingredients. They are more or less the local equivalent of hamburgers, served bare on a plate accompanied by neither rice nor bun. The best tteok galbi tends to be served with the bones inserted back into the patties as a sign of authenticity, and maybe to add a little flavor.
November 1, 2013 |
Just what is that Google mystery barge? A floating data center? A Google Glass showroom? A party boat? One of the things that seems to have thrown off the sleuths trying to deduce its purpose: They're looking at the wrong lease. A week ago, CNET broke the story of the Google mystery barge, in part by using a bunch of clues based on the current leaseholder for Hangar 3 on Treasure Island: a Delaware company called By and Large....
October 31, 2013 |
A German historian has found conclusive proof that Nazi Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller died in the final days of World War II and was buried in a mass grave in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin, the German daily Bild reported Thursday. The research carried out by historian Johannes Tuchel, head of the German Resistance Memorial Center in Berlin, appears to resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Nazi era and discredit decades of reported sightings of the secret police chief in Latin America after the war. As head of Adolf Hitler's notorious Gestapo, Mueller played a key role in orchestrating the Holocaust with his oversight of the arrests, deportation and extermination of European Jews.
October 28, 2013 |
Something big and mysterious is being built in San Francisco Bay, and according to two reports, Google is behind the project. A multistory structure is under construction on a barge off of Hangar 3 at Treasure Island, a former Navy base, and the project has been drawing attention thanks to the tight security surrounding it. CNET looked extensively into the mysterious structure and fo und an interesting connection to...
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October 22, 2013 |
Residents in a North Hollywood neighborhood were allowed to return home Tuesday after a bomb squad investigated a mysterious explosion. Police began receiving calls about 12:30 a.m. after an explosion in the cab of a truck in the 11300 block of Miranda Street, said Sgt. Mike Kammert of the Los Angeles Police Department. The truck was parked behind a home. The explosion blasted open its roof, damaged the home and blew out several windows in the area, authorities said. Officials said at least one propane tank was intact inside the truck, and the LAPD bomb squad was investigating whether a second tank may have accidentally blown up. “It was a pretty good boom,” Kammert said.
October 18, 2013 |
Greek police announced Friday that they were seeking the biological parents of a blond, blue-eyed girl about 4 years old who was found during a raid two days earlier on a Roma camp in central Greece, news media reported from Athens. The child, who was called Maria, was spotted by a female prosecutor who accompanied police on the raid and became suspicious of the girl's origins because she looked nothing like the couple who initially claimed to be her parents, the ekathimerini news site reported.